A Dan is a measure of advanced rank, often used in martial arts and the board game go. It usually ranges from 1 to 10, with higher numbers indicating greater skill. In martial arts, it is used for black belts only. In go or shogi, players of 1 Dan or above can be considered "masters". Dan literally means "step" in Japanese.
Composition[change | change source]
Usually a the belt of Dan marital artist will have a number of strips according to the person's rank.
Dan in Japan[change | change source]
This table shows how to call dan in Japanese.
|Degree||1st Dan||2nd Dan||3rd Dan||4th Dan||5th Dan||6th Dan||7th Dan||8th Dan||9th Dan||10th Dan|
Notable players with higher dan[change | change source]
|Dan||Japanese and Chinese||Name of players|
|9||九段||Rui Naiwei, Go Seigen, Eio Sakata, Masao Kato|
|8||八段||Mika Yoshida, Kazuko Konishi|
|7||七段||Ayumi Suzuki, Ichiyo Shimizu|
|6||六段||Kana Satomi, Hiroe Nakai, Xie Yimin|
References and notes[change | change source]
- In Japan, Dan ranks are given by Nihon Ki-in and Kansai Ki-in.
- Dan Overview. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
- Dan Stripes. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- Shodan is "beginning grade".
- Sometimes also pronounced Nanadan.
- The older kanji for "2"--弐--is usually used.
- The older kanji for "3"--参--is usually used.