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    Martial art with the greatest number of Dan ranks?

    Quick, basic question (poss. lame).

    I know that the Booj has ranks up to 15th Dan. Are there any MAs with more Dan ranks than this?

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    I always assumed that anything above ten was bogus, never knew the booj had fifteen!

    Can't find any on google, but I remember seeing a 20th dan somewhere on the site, from some McDojo somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by callum828 View Post
    I always assumed that anything above ten was bogus, never knew the booj had fifteen!

    Can't find any on google, but I remember seeing a 20th dan somewhere on the site, from some McDojo somewhere.
    Apparently, it's possible to achieve a rank greater than 10th Dan in Judo, though no-one ever has.

    http://www.judoinfo.com/obi.htm
    (wonder if that would be a red belt with stripe?)

    WRT the Booj, the story I heard was that Hatsumi took a look at his org one day and realized that there were way too many 8th, 9th and 10th dans who'd been promoted too quickly and weren't the super-elites that the rank would suggest and too many in general. So he added more levels in an attempt to unfuck things. Funny if true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larus marinus View Post
    Apparently, it's possible to achieve a rank greater than 10th Dan in Judo, though no-one ever has.

    http://www.judoinfo.com/obi.htm
    (wonder if that would be a red belt with stripe?)
    I'm thinking it would be the dead persons spine that you snapped by throwing a guy into him who also died... at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larus marinus View Post
    Apparently, it's possible to achieve a rank greater than 10th Dan in Judo, though no-one ever has.

    http://www.judoinfo.com/obi.htm
    (wonder if that would be a red belt with stripe?)
    The dan ranks in Judo are theoretically unlimited, I recall reading somewhere that Kano had specified a double width white belt for the rank of 12th dan. Although I can't remember where or when I read that, so may have invented it.

    A stripe would be highly unlikely as a potential indicator for a rank above 10th dan. As in Japan it isn't customary to indicate rank through stripes on belts. There are some who have a tab that can be sewn onto the bottom the of the gi skirt, that indicates rank through stripes, but on belts its effectively un heard of.

    The colour red is chosen specifically because its associations in Japanese culture with ends and new beginnings. White similarly was chosen for its associations with beginning and also endings. White is used as a funeral colour in Japanese society. As well as being associated with women, due to their ability to produce new life, hence the Joshi obi.
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    If there are no people with a dan grade higher than 10th, than how would somebody get promoted to a higher grade? Being able to indiscriminately kick other 10th dans asses?
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    In my branch of Kyokushin I think the 2 highest people are both 9th Dans ... and 1 of them only got promoted to that recently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RealManOfSteel View Post
    If there are no people with a dan grade higher than 10th, than how would somebody get promoted to a higher grade? Being able to indiscriminately kick other 10th dans asses?
    I know in JJJ the higher dans have to be awarded by the association for contributions to the martial art and the like. I imagine there's a similar system in most of the japanese arts.
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    As far as Goju-ryu karate is concerned, 1-dan through 5-dan are the skill ranks and then 6th-10th are based on contribution to the karate world.

    The only guy I can think of in my style with that rank is Morio Higaonna and the dude's 80 and just received the rank in 2007.
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