Kempo International Official Dan ranks and belt colors

1st Dan (Shodan), Black Belt 1 Red Stripe
2nd Dan (Nidan), Black Belt 2 Red Stripes
3rd Dan (Sandan), Black Belt 3 Red Stripes
4th Dan (Yondan), Black Belt 4 Red Stripes
5th Dan (Godan), Black Belt 5 Red Stripes
6th Dan (Rokudan), Black Belt 5 Red Stripes + 1 Gray Stripe
7th Dan (Shichidan), Black Belt 5 Red Stripes + 2 Gray Stripes
8th Dan (Hachidan), Black Belt 5 Red Stripes + 3 Gray Stripes
9th Dan (Kudan), Black Belt 5 Red Stripes + 4 Gray Stripes
10th Dan (Judan), Black Belt 5 Red Stripes + 5 Gray Stripes

Naturally our black belts can wear their black belts with 1-10 stripes or
Kenpo style black belts with 5dan bars plus stripes.


Sensei/Instructor - minimum 1st Dan
Renshi/Master - Black Belt with Red border - minimum 4th Dan
Shihan/Professor - Black Belt with Silver border - minimum 5th Dan
Kyoshi/Sr. Professor - Black Belt with Gold border - minimum 7th Dan
Hanshi/Grandmaster - Red Belt with Gold border - minimum 9th Dan
Meijin/Sr. Grandmaster - Wide Red Belt - 10th Dan minimum 5 years

How long do you need to practice for the next rank?

There are no set criteria in Kempo International that demand a fixed period
of time between ranks. The Promotion Committee makes its decisions based on
the persons proven and demonstrated skills and knowledge. It will also determine
if the person possesses sufficient authority and emanates an aura of confidence
and determination worthy of a higher rank.

To be certified by Kempo International

Certificate of Recognition of current Black Belt degree is $100 (US).
Promotions to Black Belt ranks are:
1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan is $300 (US) per degree.
4 Dan, 5 Dan, 6 Dan is $400 (US) per degree.
7 Dan, 8 Dan, 9 Dan is $500 (US) per degree.
10 Dan is $750 (US).

Certificate of Recognition of current instructors title is $200 (US).
Promotions to instructor titles are:
Sensei/Sifu is $200 (US).
Renshi/Master is $300 (US).
Shihan/Professor is $500 (US).
Kyoshi/Sr. Professor is $600 (US).
Hanshi/Grandmaster is $750 (US).
Meijin/Sr. Grandmaster is $1000 (US).

Generally about titles promotion

All titles are destined for Instructors only!
One can only be promoted to the titles; Instructor (English),
Sensei (Japanese) or Sifu (Chinese), after succesfully
finished KI Instructor Program. As the instructor's
experience increases, he/she can be graduated to higher
Instructor Titles. Usually it is Instructors that work with
martial arts on a professional level, that chose to test for
a higher Instructor Title.

Request for Recognition or Promotion is made to: