Ranking  in SKA

While SKA charges no fees for belt tests, membership in SKA is required. Rank in SKA is assigned using a 14-step system, part of Master Funakoshi's original method of ranking: Unranked, White Belt (five kyus), Brown Belt (3 kyus) and Black Belt (5 dans). Testing takes place in November and April, where a panel of black belts determines your level, based on a number of factors, including technical ability, age, length of practice, special circumstances, and training mentality.