In order to incentivize and motivate our students to progress, USSD uses the time honored Japanese Karate belt ranking system. At the Shaolin Temple, there were only 3 levels of achievement… beginner, disciple and master. It normally took 12-15 years to attain the level of disciple. The USSD belt system was implemented to motivate with milestones for accomplishment during your studies. One of the most exciting experiences of your Martial Arts training is rank testing for your next colored belt. This is an earned opportunity that is scheduled and based on your continuous growth and development in the Martial Arts. Although colored belt ranks may appear to be the same within the various disciplines and styles of Martial Arts, United Studios of Self Defense has structured a system of required material outline for each belt rank. This structure will ensure you are continuously expanding your skills and gaining the necessary physical and mental principles towards your next belt rank.