11th degree Juichidan (Sho Dai Soke) or (Kaiso) Founder of a Martial Art System
Black Belt in Hawaiian Lua
Black Belt in Kempo under 4th degree
Black Belt in Kombatan
Black Belt in Wing Chun
Black Belt under 14 years old
Assistant Instructor under Black belt level
Master Proficiency level or Title
Master may be awarded to the modern rank of 4th Dan or above.
Renshi Proficiency level or Title
The character "Ren" means "polished, tempered" and "shi" means "person". Thus Renshi indicates a "polished instructor" or expert. Renshi may be awarded to the modern rank of 5th Dan or above.
Shihan a title attributed normally to a 6th Dan Black Belt and above "Shi" means teacher or "master" and "Han" means an example, model or pattern.
Kyoshi Proficiency level or Title
The "Kyo" in Kyoshi means "professor" or "philosophy". Therefore, Kyoshi equals a "professor" capable of teaching the philosophy of the martial arts. Kyoshi may be awarded to the modern rank of
7th Dan and above.
Hanshi Title The "Han" in Hanshi means "example, model" and indicates "a teacher that can serve as an ideal model for others", or a "senior master". Hanshi may be awarded to the modern day rank of 8th Dan and above.
Head of Martial Art System or Organization
Temporary instructor in place of the Soke
Sho Dai Soke
Founder of a martial arts system and head of the Organization
Kaiso is the founder of a martial art system.
The titles of Shihan, Professor, Grandmaster, Hanshi, Kumu Lua Alihikaua, Kaiso, and Soke all can be use as the higher level title of a particular system; it depends on the lineage of the system.