Colored Belt and Black Belt Ranks in American Eagle Style

In the United States the term Rank refers to a student's level of proficiency in the martial arts. In different styles it may be referred to by other names; for example in Korean (Tae Kwon Do) it is a gup or gyup for colored belts and dan for first degree and up.

In the American Martial Arts Institute there is a program called the Superkick Program for boys and girls under the age of 6. A Superkick Patch is earned by a testing but is not considered a rank. It is a stage half-way between a new student and an Orange belt. This level of proficiency helps young boys and girls to stay interested and increase their self confidence with an acquired level of success. The added level of demonstrating the skills of this program will allow the student to test for Superkick Plus. There is no test fee and the students are still 9th Rank - White Belts.

There are nine ranks in the colored belt levels of proficiency. One of these ranks, Orange Belt, is an intermediate stage for boys and girls under the age of 12 between the levels of White and Yellow Belt. Belts for young ladies and gentlemen under the age of 18 are tipped with a white band.

9th Rank - White Belt (8th Gyup)
The first level or beginner student.
8th Rank - Orange Belt (Not a Gyup)
This is a level of achievement that sets the student under the age of 12 above White and also allows them to start sparring. It is a half way point to Yellow. This Rank is not available to those over the age of 12.

7th Rank - Yellow Belt (7th Gyup)

First Colored belt for Adults. This allows sparring to become part of their training.

6th Rank - Green Belt (6th Gyup)


5th Rank - Blue Belt (5th Gyup)

4th Rank - Purple Belt (4th Gyup)


3rd Rank - Brown Belt (3rd Gyup)

2nd Rank - Brown Belt with one Black Tip (2nd Gyup)

1st Rank - Brown Belt with two Black Tips (1st Gyup)

This is followed by 1st Degree Black up to 10th Degree Black.

American Eagle Style