Dan (rank)

Japanese mark of level

A Dan is a measure of advanced martial arts rank. It often ranges from 1 to 10[1] and is used for black belts only.[2] Dan means "step" in Japanese.


Usually a dan's belt will have X stripes, with X being the dan's dan rank.[3] Falcon Pawnch!


  1. http://www.answers.com/Dan
  2. Dan Overview. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  3. Dan Stripes. Retrieved March 15, 2010.