Hontai Yoshin Ryu uses the Japanese kyu (級) or beginner grades, represented by different coloured belts from white through to brown, and the higher level dan (段) grade system.
Being awarded their first black belt or shodan grade is a significant step in every student’s martial arts progression. Most importantly, the first dan is when a student becomes an official member of Hontai Yoshin Ryu and their name is registered with the sohonbu dojo in Japan.
As with other traditional Japanese arts, there are also instructor levels known as den (伝) grades.
Below are the currently active members in Hontai Yoshin Ryu UK and their grades as of 1st January 2020
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