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Ranking Systems - USA schools only

  1. Ranking systems for Muay Thai Schools
  2. Welcome Muay Thai Kru / Instructors
  3. As most of you all ready know, Muay Thai has no official ranking system other than your fight status, this works well in Thailand, however in the states most students of Martial arts are use to Belt ranking systems or other forms of progression and achievement acknowledgment such as certificates and colored belts.
  4. You as instructors and gym owners must decide how you will incorporate the many forms of ranking systems into your own schools, and find the system that works best for you. Below are some of the top Grading and ranking systems used today by instructors and Muay Thai institutions everywhere.
  5. Listed Below are the top 3 Ranking systems in use today

  6. Khan level ranking system
  7. Many schools have adopted the Khan level progression system including the Muay Thai federation , and other Muay Thai schools . This system of student progression is outlined here. 
  8. 1st Khan - White - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat 
  9. 2nd Khan - Yellow - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  10. 3rd Khan - Yellow and White - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  11. 4th Khan - Green - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  12. 5th Khan - Green and White - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  13. 6th Khan - Blue - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  14. 7th Khan - Blue and White - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  15. 8th Khan - Brown - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  16. 9th Khan - Brown and White - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  17. 10th Khan - Red - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  18. 11th Khan - Red and White - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat ( Jr instructor ) Instructor trainee
  19. 12th Khan - Red and Yellow - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat ( Kru / instructor )
  20. 13th Khan - Red and White - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat ( Senior Kru / instructor ) Kru Yai
  21. 14th Khan - Silver - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat ( Master Instructor ) Ajarn / Ajahn / Arjarn
  22. 15th Khan - Gold - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat ( Grand Master )

  23. Other Muay Thai Schools like - JD Muay Thai K1 - has the same as above except for a level 15 Khan that is Silver and Gold - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat
  24. 16th Khan is Gold - Druang Rang / Prajioud / Prajeat - Grand Master
  25.  
  26. Tassels only Ranking system
  27. Many Schools use a armband Tassel system only for ranking students the Tassels are called Druang Rang or Prajeat or Prajioud  
  28. White - Beginner Student 
  29. Yellow - Basic Knowledge
  30. Green - intermediate
  31. Blue - Advanced knowledge of Muay Thai techniques
  32. Black - All basic and Advanced knowledge of Muay Thai techniques and theory
  33. Red - Jr Instructor
  34. Red and Black - Instructor / Kru

  35. Certificate only Level Grading and Rank
  36. Other schools use the Level system with Certificate only ranking, Listed Below are the most popular Certificate only systems. This system is very popular with most gyms and with instructors who have previous martial arts experience before teaching Muay Thai.  
  37. level 0 - ( white belt equivalent ) - 6 months 
  38. Level 1 - ( Yellow Belt Equivalent ) - 6 months
  39. Level 2 - ( Orange Belt Equivalent ) - 6 Months
  40. Level 3 - ( Purple belt Equivalent ) - 6 months
  41. Level 4 - ( Blue Belt Equivalent ) - 6 months
  42. Level 5 - ( Green Belt Equivalent ) - 6 months
  43. Level 6 - ( Brown Belt Equivalent ) - 6 months
  44. Level 7 - ( Black Belt Equivalent ) - 6 months ( 4 years of training )
  45. Level 8 - ( Jr instructor - 2nd Dan/Degree Black Equivalent ) 5 - 6 years of training
  46. Level 9 - ( Instructor / Kru - 3rd Dan/Degree Black Equivalent ) - 8 years of training
  47. Level 10 - ( Senior Instructor / Kru - 5th Dan/Degree Black ) - ( 5 years of teaching )
  48. Level 11 - ( Master Instructor / Kru - 8th/Dan/Degree Black ) - ( 10 + years as instructor )
  49. Level 12 - ( Grand Master Instructor / Kru - 10th Dan/Degree Black ) - ( 20 years as instructor )
  50. Please Note:
  51. All Black Belt Dan/Degree's shown above are only representing Equivalents for Western and United States Martial Arts Students and for the Art of Muay Thai Kick Boxing or Muay Boran Martial Arts there are no official ranking systems for Muay Boran or Muay Thai Kick Boxing
  52. Some Final thoughts on Ranking systems : 
  53. Many Variations of these Ranking systems are in effect today, they are easy to incorporate into most gyms and schools. many schools use levels in between these 12 to rank the students up every 3 months instead of every 6 months, like giving the student a white with yellow stripe after 3 months and so on. You must find the right system for your school or gym, these top 3 systems are just example guide lines to help you get started. 
  54. Our Mission: 
  55. United World Muay Thai Association was formed in 1993 by Vut kamnark who saw the need for a better governing body over Muay Thai fighting regulations in Thai land and in the United States. 


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