Main definitions of dan in English

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dan1

noun

  • 1Any of ten degrees of advanced proficiency in judo or karate.

    • ‘He was the founder or ‘Shihan’ and his was the responsibility to authorize his pupils' dans.’
    • ‘He gave me a 6th dan and told me to go to the office to get the certificate!’
    • ‘We require a certain number of practice hours and a test for promotion to kyu and dan ranks.’
    • ‘Later he was awarded his seventh dan in the organization.’
    • ‘The preceding autumn at the Great Kodokan Red and White Match I had been lucky enough to break away from my group and advance to the third dan.’
    • ‘Graeson, who holds a 10th dan black belt in jujitsu, and Chang, holder of an eighth dan karate black belt, were the foremost members of the Kitwe judo club.’
    • ‘For example, who would come out on top if fifth dans in judo and karate were to match skills?’
    • ‘In effect, the first person to register with the government ‘wins,’ but they end up having people with only 1st dans having the authority to issue dan rankings to others.’
    • ‘So there are a good many people who stop coming completely after they get their dan.’
    • ‘He joined the highly-touted Waseda Judo Club, advancing to the rank of fourth dan by his senior year.’
    • ‘In the days before Kano created Judo, there was no kyu / dan ranking system in the martial arts.’
    • ‘Takahashi Sensei had dan rankings in aikido, kendo and judo and was very much an inspiration to me in my early years.’
    • ‘There is no evidence that Funakoshi himself had ranking in any budo under the dan / kyu system.’
    • ‘He had a fourth or fifth dan in karate and was extremely strong.’
    • ‘One day a man who had perhaps a 5th dan in judo came to the dojo and Yukawa was told to practice with him.’
    • ‘Eventually those who receive kyu and dan rankings as a result of the popularization of Aikido will end up at Hombu.’
    • ‘The belt indicates Fukuda has reached the ninth dan level in judo.’
    • ‘He holds a 2nd dan in aikido and studies at the Northeast Aikikai, Chelmsford, MA.’
    • ‘In fact some of today's most well-known teachers were skipped one or two dans during aikido's early years.’
    • ‘The headmaster has awarded a third dan to Mr. Alain Floquet of France.’
    1. 1.1 A person who has achieved a dan in judo or karate.
      • ‘He was a 6th dan in both aikido and judo, and he came over to England in around 1958 or 59 to teach judo.’
      • ‘Even many of the third dans had progressed so far ahead of me that they could throw me all over the place.’
      • ‘Today, the 23-year-old second dan will be competing with the best in the world in one of the most esoteric martial arts on the planet.’
      • ‘He is a first dan in Tae Kwon Do and a second dan in Shotokan karate.’
      • ‘The young 5th and 6th dans for fun prepared themselves to fight.’
      • ‘At a recent judo clinic I attended, eighty-year old 10th dan Phil Porter told us we would achieve that when we had done a technique ‘ten thousand times’!’
      • ‘Richard, a black belt second dan, took up the martial art of shotokan after being bullied in junior school, and found it boosted his confidence.’
      • ‘He left an entourage of 9th dans, 8th dans and a few recently promoted 10th dans.’
      • ‘Chris Pate, a black belt first dan in Amayo Kai karate, has already smashed his way through 50 concrete blocks and last year fended off a Samurai attack by his wife in a thrilling demonstration of martial arts.’
      • ‘He is currently a 7th dan shihan and teaches aikido at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo.’
      • ‘One day, a 6th dan Karate teacher came to the dojo with an introduction from an acquaintance and challenged me to a match.’
      • ‘There was a man called Mr. Nagasaki who was a 4th dan in Judo and he was also thrown easily.’
      • ‘His system of Judo is fully described in his book My Method of Judo written when he was a 7th dan and published in English in 1955.’
      • ‘Six, seven, and eighth dans wear a sectioned red-and-white belt, while ninth and tenth grades wear a solid red belt.’
      • ‘He went to Hawaii as a 5th dan where he opened a dojo and has taught Aikido to several thousand Hawaiians.’
      • ‘His successor was one of Kawai's students named Makoto Nishida, now a 6th dan.’
      • ‘For Hinton is a fourth dan in aikido, a Japanese martial art which puts emphasis on self-belief and inner focus.’
      • ‘Mwitwa expressed happiness at the team that is being drilled by Japanese Judo expert sensei Hosui Sakaki, a seventh dan, saying they had responded well to the training.’
      • ‘'Now he is a second dan and a black belt degree holder,’ said Silvi.’
      • ‘One day a navy man confronted me, a person said to be a 7th dan holder in Kendo.’

Origin

1940s: from Japanese.

Pronunciation

dan

/dæn//dan/

Main definitions of dan in English

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dan2

(also dan buoy)

noun

  • A small marker buoy with a lightweight flagpole.

    • ‘Sunday brought a strong easterly wind and a course was set in the north lake with a start near FBA south to a dan buoy near Roughholme Island.’
    • ‘Four anchored dan buoys with radar transponders provided navigational control for the greater part of the survey.’
    • ‘The short first beat to a dan buoy near the Steamboat Museum gave an indication of unpredictable conditions.’
    • ‘To stop the dan buoys being pushed over by tide and wind, a smaller buoy called a "tide buff" is attached between the tow and the main dan buoy.’
    • ‘The starting line outer distance mark will be either a dan-buoy or a boat ... Finishing marks will be a race committee boat and an orange dan-buoy.’

Origin

Late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

dan

/dæn//dan/

Main definitions of dan in English

: dan1dan2Dan3

Dan3

proper noun

  • 1(in the Bible) a Hebrew patriarch, son of Jacob and Bilhah.

    1. 1.1 The tribe of Israel traditionally descended from him.
    2. 1.2 An ancient town in the north of Canaan, where the tribe of Dan settled. It marked the northern limit of the ancient Hebrew kingdom of Israel.

Pronunciation

Dan

/dæn//dan/