System of Rank

System of Rank:

A beginner starts out at White Belt 10th Gup, progressing to 9th Gup, then 8th, and so on until Black Tip 1st Gup. From White Belt 10th Gup to Red Belt 2nd Gup, grading is usually carried out every 3 months. A Black Tip 1st Gup has to train for at least 6 months before he is eligible to grade for 1st Dan. A person usually attains Black Belt 1st Dan in two and a half years to four years, depending on ability, and frequency of training and grading.

For Black Belts, the minimum time requirement for testing are:

  • Colour Belt: Minimum of three months required (Depends upon students and instructors)
  • 1st to 2nd Dan: 2 years
  • 2nd to 3rd Dan: 3 years
  • 3rd to 4th Dan: 4 years


To be an Examiner, one must be at least a 4th Dan Black Belt.

Colour Belt
White Belt 10th Gup
Yellow Tip 9th Gup
Yellow Belt 8th Gup
Green Tip 7th Gup
Green Belt 6th Gup
Blue Tip 5th Gup
Blue Belt 4th Gup
Red Tip 3rd Gup
Red Belt 2nd Gup
Black Tip 1st Gup


Black Belt
1st Dan Assistant Instructor
2nd Dan Assistant Instructor
3rd Dan Assistant Instructor
4th Dan International Instructor
5th Dan International Instructor
6th Dan International Instructor
7th Dan Master Instructor
8th Dan Master Instructor
9th Dan Grandmaster


Meanings of Belt Colours:

Colour Meaning
White Innocence, he/she is like that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Tamo Martial Art.
Yellow The Earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Tamo Martial Art foundation is being laid.
Green The plant's growth as the Tamo Martial Art skill begins to develop.
Blue The Heaven, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Tamo Martial Art progresses.
Red Danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
Black Opposite of White, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Tamo Martial Art. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.

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