Charleston Martial Arts is affiliated with the American Traditional Jujutsu Association (ATJA), and follows their promotion policies and criteria for both Judo and Jujutsu. The ATJA has resources detailing requirements, guidelines, forms and applications for promotion, which can be found at https://atja.org/about/documents-forms/.
For new students, the different colored belts can be confusing, but the concept is easy to understand. As a student learns and progresses in the martial arts, his/her accomplishments, as well as the expectations, increase. The system of colored belts makes it easy to gauge the level each student is at, and how to help them get to the next level.
The ranks and belt colors for mudansha (non-black belt) are as follows: