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"Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. (6) For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. (7) But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another."  (Psalm 75:5-7)
 
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."  (Hebrews 11:6)
 

Rank is NOT pursued in the "Warriors of the Sword" program... wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and personal development are.  Rank promotion testing is a result of our training... not the goal of it.
 
This is similar to one's spiritual walk.  Becoming a "super Christian" is not the goal of our diligence.  Getting to know Jesus Christ better IS!
 

Below you will find our general belt rankings with approximate educational equivalents.

Belt Rank
School Equivalent

White Belt

The Beginning

Kindergarten
 
The beginner level.  No learning has taken place at this point, but there has been a commitment to learn.
 
At this point, the student has the right to learn.  Eventually, with sufficient diligence, the student can become a scholar.

Yellow Belt

The Learning Begins

Grade School Levels 1, 2, and 3
 
At this level, the basic fundamentals are taught.  The student has begun what should be a life-long process of fine-tuning these basics, and adding new skills.

Green Belt

Little Children
Grade School Levels 4, 5, and 6
 
At this level, the addtional basics are emphasized, as well as a focus on improving the previous material.
 
The student has become more confident in performing the foundational skills.

Blue Belt

Firm Foundations
Middle School Levels 7, 8, and 9
 
At this level, the student should have a firm grasp of the basic skills.  These levels represent the mid-point to "graduation".

Brown Belt

Apprenticeship
High School Levels 10, and 11
 
At this level, the student is ready to become an apprentice.  The student has learned enough to assist the instructor.

Shodan
First Degree Black Belt

Real Learning Begins
High School Graduation
 
At this level, the student is proficient in the fundamentals.  The student has learned enough to become a role model for other students, and their skills can be tested occasionally.
 
A High School diploma does qualify you for certain jobs, but not for life and a career.
 
Now, the real learning can begin!

Nidan
Second Degree Black Belt

Preparation for Life

Associates Degree
 
At this level, the student has continued to enhance their skills.  They should be a solid and contributing member to both their martial arts community and their local community in general.
 
Like a High School diploma, and associates degree does qualify you for certain jobs, but is still limited in career possibilities.

Sandan
Third Degree Black Belt

Ready for Work

Bachelors Degree
 
At this level, the student is "ready for work".  The student has learned enough to become an instructor.  Other students can rely on their training and ability to impart the system.

Yondan
Fourth Degree Black Belt

Instructor

Masters Degree
 
At this level, the student has "mastered" the system.  This in no way implies that there is nothing left to learn.  The student has developed a high degree of proficiency, so as to realize, they will never stop learning.

Godan -Fifth Degree
Rokudan -Sixth Degree
Sichidan -Seventh Degree

Polisher

Doctorate Degree
 
At these levels, the student has attained to various levels of doctorate degrees.  The student continues to develop and further enhance their martial art skills, and is now capable of "polishing" and "refining" the skills of others, even others of advanced ranks.

Hachidan
Eighth Degree Black Belt

Founder

Professor
 
This is currently the highest rank in our system.  This rank is held by Grandmaster Rev. Robert Heisner.  Mr. Heisner has been Mr. Dallmann's instructor since 1984.

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