Essence Kenpo Advanced Ranks
You are usually considered better or more competent if you have more Dan stripes (or rank bars) on your belt. But not necessarily with Essence Kenpo which is counterintuitive for most traditionalists and likely to frowned upon.
The first problem with traditionalist criticism is that Essence Kenpo is not a traditional system. It does have traditional benefits but that’s not the same thing. Keeping that in mind is enough to dismiss such criticism but sadly it may not stop it.
Which Essence Kenpo belt you wear around your waist is basically more of a designation of your particular specialty than it is advancement.
C-Dan – (Conceptualists) This is an UNRANKED concepts belt, Black with Essence Kenpo in Kanji top to bottom on one side. No Dan stripes present. This belt can be worn as an intermediary belt between Red and 1st Dan once Essence Kenpo concepts have been adopted while the practitioner pursues technique training.
1st Dan – (Artists) Create or adopt 20 offensive combination techniques + add 2 forms + (optional) attend 5 martial arts seminars, events, competitions, or camps as a 1st Dan representative or higher rank.
2nd Dan – (Self-Defense Specialist) Create or adopt 60 offensive or defensive combination techniques, with 10 combinations to include grappling progression to pin or submission + add 1 form + add 1 weapons form + (optional) attend 5 martial arts seminars, events, competitions, or camps as a representative of the system.
3rd Dan – (Stand-Up Competitor/Specialist) 100 hours of stand-up sparring, light to heavy contact, reversible with 4th Dan.
4th Dan – (Grappling Competitor/Specialist) 100 hours of ground or grappling experience, reversible with 3rd Dan.
5th Dan – (Ambassador or Promoter) Attend 10 martial arts seminars, events, competitions, or camps as a representative of the system with the intention to promote or act as an ambassador of Essence Kenpo.
-3rd and 4th Dan ranks are interchangeable depending on preference.
-You may skip from 2nd or 3rd to 5th Dan.