The rank and belt system in IOGKF Goju Ryu is shown in the table below. A beginner first grades to 10th kyu (white belt) and works towards 1st kyu.
|White with tab
|Blue with tab
|Yellow with tab
|Green with tab
|Brown with tab
|Brown with 2 tabs
After 1st kyu, the next grading is a black belt. These begin at 1st dan (shodan) and work up.
A goju-ryu black belt takes approximately 5-6 years to obtain with regular training, but this can vary by the individual.
A black belt will often have the owner’s name written on it in japanese. It does not indicate the level/degree of the black belt.