The Ann Arbor Karate Club holds promotional testing every three months. Students who are training consistently and show progress are given the opportunity to test for the next rank. Before planning to test, students must have permission from the instructors.
The ranking system uses colored belts to represent levels of progress for students. A beginner student starts training wearing a white belt. White is a symbol of birth and beginning, indicating that the student is just starting to gain knowledge. The ranks, belt colors associated with them, and testing requirements are displayed on the table below.