As with many Asian martial arts traditions, a series of colored belts indicates your progress in To-Shin Do ninjutsu training.
The yellow (earth), blue (water), red (fire), green (wind), and brown (source) belt colors reflect the 5 elements of our martial technology.
You begin with 3 initiate belts starting with White Belt, awarded as you move through the 32-week Level 1 Foundations of Self-Protection course.
Once you enter the Level 2 Advanced Personal Protection training course as a Blue & White-stripe Belt, there are 12 kyu “class” grades leading to Black Belt. It takes approximately 3 to 4 months to earn each colored belt therefore it takes approximately four years or more to earn 1st Degree Black Belt.
Once you enter Black Belt Master level training, there are then 10 dan “degree” levels of study. It is these higher levels of training we focus on in your advanced training courses.
To-Shin Do belt ranks include:
- White Belt – your first belt in Level 1 Foundations of Self-Protection
- Two Yellow Belt “Earth ground-holding element” stages in Level 1 Foundations of Self-Protection
- Three Blue Belt “Water tactical-positioning element” stages in Level 2 Advanced Self-Protection (like grades 1-3 of Primary Elementary School)
- Three Red Belt “Fire intention-intercepting element” stages in Level 2 Advanced Self-Protection (like grades 4-6 of Secondary Elementary School)
- Three Green Belt “Wind effortless-capture element” stages in Level 3 Path of the Protector Martial Arts (like grades 7-9 of Middle School)
- Three Brown Belt “Formless creative-integration element” stages in Level 3 Path of the Protector Martial Arts (like grades 10-12 of High School)
- Two Black Belt “Practitioner” stages (degrees 1 & 2; like High School Grad, & Associate Degree)
- Two Black-&-Bronze Belt To-shi “Senior practitioner” stages (degrees 3 & 4; like Martial Arts B.A. & M.A)
- Two Black-&-Silver Belt To-shi Shi-han “Master practitioner” stages (degrees 5 & 6; like Martial Arts Ph.D.)
- Two Black-&-Gold Belt To-shi Han-shi “Senior master” stages (degrees 7 & 8; like Martial Arts Professor)
- Two Bronze-Maroon Belt To-shi Mei-jin “Grandmaster” stages (degrees 9 & 10; like Martial Arts Dean”)
- Silver Belt “An-shu’s Hombu Councilor” stage (“Martial Arts Board of Regents”)
- Gold Belt An-shu “Headmaster” stage (“Martial Arts Chancellor”)