The Graduation Process

The Des Plaines Martial Arts System is unique. Our school has developed a program which allows students to learn and develop Martial Arts skills in a very rewarding and effective manner. The system allows the student to develop speed, flexibility, balance, strength and confidence with each new belt. Each new belt brings the student one step closer to their ultimate goal: Black Belt.

How It Works

The student begins with a White Belt. At the end of each class, they receive a graduation stripe. After earning 7 graduation stripes a student will receive a black graduation stripe. Once students receive a black graduation stripe and have achieved the minimum length of training, they will be tested. If they have mastered their current belt level material they will be issued a graduation form to graduate to their next belt. Students progress one belt at a time all the way to Deputy Black Belt. Once the student receives a Deputy Black Belt, the student receives 6 months of specialized training designed to review, peak and prep the student mentally and physically. All of the graduation requirements for Black Belt will be reviewed in detail during these 6 months. It is our goal that our students will be in the very best mental and physical shapes of their lives for Black Belt Graduation. (White Belts with color stripes are used in the Little Dragons Programs for 5-7 year olds. See Little Dragons section for more promotion details.)

The Belt System and Graduation Requirements for Juniors and Adults

  • White Belt - 16 Stripes and Two Month Minimum Training
  • Yellow Belt - 16 Stripes and Two Months Minimum Training
  • Orange Belt - 16 Stripes and Two Months Minimum Training
  • Green Belt - 16 Stripes and Two Months Minimum Training
  • Blue Belt - 20 Stripes and Two Months Minimum Training
  • Purple Belt - 20Stripes and Two Months Minimum Training
  • Brown Belt - 20 Stripes and Two Months Minimum Training
  • Red Belt - 20 Stripes and Two Months Minimum Training
  • Red w/ White- 20 Stripes and Two Months Training
  • Red/Black Belt- 40 Stripes and Two Months Minimum Training
  • Deputy Black Belt - 60 Stripes and Six Months Minimum Training