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Dan Definition

What Does Dan Mean?

Dan

dan

\ˈdan\
noun

Definition: A ranking system used in modern Japanese martial arts such as karate. It was adopted in 1924 by Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate. Different-colored belts signify a student’s ranking, and the highest ranking is typically the 10th dan. Belts above 6th dan are normally classified as “honorary”.

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