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The Shogo FAQ – The Meanings of Renshi, Kyoshi, Hanshi and Shihan


What does [Renshi/Kyoshi/Hanshi/Shihan] mean? In addition to the kyu/dan (underbelt/black belt) ranking system used by

The ACTUAL Origin of Karate Belts


We’ve now hit on two very different myths about where karate belts came from. They

No, Karate Belts Weren’t Invented For Lazy Americans


Last week we discussed a popular myth about the origin of karate belt colors. Another,

How Your Karate Belt Colors DIDN’T Come To Be


There’s a legend surrounding karate belt colors. I’ve heard variants of it in many dojos,

A Student In Need


Friends, We’ve been through some wonderful times together as a dojo. Unfortunately, sometimes the times