What Does Dan Mean?
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 studentâ€™s ranking, and the highest ranking is typically the 10th dan. Belts above 6th dan are normally classified as â€œhonoraryâ€.