How long does it take to earn a black belt (shodan) in Kyokushin Karate?
I've been training Kyokushin Karate since 2007 and I'm still at 5th Kyu (senior yellow). How long is the average time training to be qualified for a 1st Dan black belt?
I've just looked on a website for you and found this "Achieving a 1st dan black belt, or shodan, can take anywhere from four but often six to ten years of training."
The site looks pretty interesting and can be found here: http://kyokushinwla.com/index.php?optio … d=27〈=en
It takes about 3-4 years on average in Shotokan, but like endless sea said, it depends on how often you train and how often you grade (usually limited to 4 times a year in most styles, with longer periods between for more senior grades).
Osu! Thanks for the link. It was very informative. :-)
It depends on how fast you train and how often you give belt test, like when I was doing Tae-kuan-do I reached blue belt in 2 years after that I stopped giving test's but basically if you give it often and routinely you can earn black-belt 1 dan in 3-4 years expanding till as long as you want.
Osu! I guess it might take me longer because I train on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays for two hours.
Yeah sure!! as I was regular student everyday for 3-4 hrs it took me 2years for blue belt-1..A ll the best with your martial arts
The answer to that question depends on the individual ranking requirements of your instructor. One thing to understand about Kyokushin Karate is that it remains one of the most serious schools of traditional karate with a heavy emphasis on tough training. So, you won't see very many easily earned black belt rankings.
I don't know how it is done in Kyokushin specifically, but as stated earlier, it is one of the styles that emphasizes real training and doesn't just pass out black belts like some of the commercialized schools do. For a style that requires real work, it is a minimum of five years to get a black belt, and that is if you train consistently and know the material. In such a style it depends to a large extent on the student and how much time he or she puts into it. In any style, I can't imagine anyone getting 1st Dan without it taking at least five years; it takes at least that long to have a decent understanding of material and be able to perform it well; after that there is constant refining. I realize you say you've been at 5th Kyu after 5 years training, so it might be your instructor has certain requirements which he sees fit is necessary for someone to move on beyond that level. If I remember correctly, Kyokushin emphasizes fighting; some systems require some fighting to be done to get rank. Maybe he's looking at fighting in class, at tournaments, etc. I don't know. I think the important part is that a student enjoys the art, loves what he's doing and loves learning and the training, and gets better at it for him or herself. Edit: I just Googled it; yes, that's Oyama's style; that's a tough one; they're going to be having some tough requirements; Oyama was a tough guy. I think they also have the tough tournaments, some of the first to allow full contact. It came back to me.
That's not the right question, The time it will take it relative to the thought and effort you devote to developing the skill set.
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