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see also: yudansha, kyu, mudansha
1. [Common Usage] degree of black belt rank
2. The higher grades of Budo conferred on those qualified to wear the black belt (see Obi). Such men and women have successfully progressed through the Kyu grades, and are sufficiently technically qualified to move on towards an expert level. Depending on the schools and techniques, there are between fine and twelve Dan grades.

In the field of Budo or traditional martial arts, the Dan grades correspond to either technical awards or honorary awards:
First Dan: that of the student (Sen)
Second Dan: corresponds to the title of disciple (Go-no-sen)
Third Dan: that of the confirmed disciple
Fourth Dan: that of expert
Fifth and Sixth Dan: these are the spiritual experts (Kokoro)
From seventh Dan to tenth Dan: the experts specialize and are called Iro-kokoro.
Only ninth- and tenth- Dan grades are entitled to the title Master

The honorary grades are those of Hanshi (which corresponds to spiritual control), Kyoshi (given to experts of sixth and seventh Dan grades to indicate the degree of their inner perfection), and Renshi, given to practitioners of fifth Dan grade to symbolize that they have reached a degree of perfect self-control.

3. (dawn) rank or degree A term used in the Japanese martial arts for anyone who has achieved the rank of at least first-degree black belt. The dan ranks are as follows:
shodan — first degree
nidan — second degree
sandan — third degree
yondan — fourth degree
godan — fifth degree
rokudan — sixth degree
shichidan — seventh degree
hachidan — eighth degree
kudan — ninth degree
judan — tenth degree
5. indicating level of proficiency in Japanese culture.
7. grade or degree indicated by wearing of black belt
8. Black belt rank
9. grade
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2. A man or woman who is entitled to wear a Dan grade insignia, in the shape of a belt or other item of clothing, having successfully passed the required grading in a martial art.

2. (Deru, to go out, to advance)
3. (deh) advancing
deashi see de and ashi
deashi harai


1. deashi barai [Judo] a forward moving leg sweep, used to sweep one’s opponent
2. De-ashi-barai [Judo] A technique of sweeping the from foot of an opponent (from Deru, to go out; Ashi, leg; Harai, to sweep). It is performed as the opponent is about to place his or her foot on the ground. Tori uses a leg and foot to upset Uke’s balance backwards to the right or left, depending on which leg is attacked.
3. (deh-aw'she-haw-reye') advanced foot sweep A judo foot technique often referred to by judoka as ashi-barai (foot sweeping). Deashi-harai is the first technique of the go kyo no waza (five stages of techniques).
9. Forward Foot Sweep
In this technique, you force your opponent to step forward, then sweep his advancing foot out from under him.
10. [Judo] A foot dash or foot sweep. When the opponent steps forward, the practitioner catches the foot before it lands, pushes it away and pulls the opponent down.
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