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Japan ni dan
Nidan Vertical Wall Scroll

二段 is a Japanese Kanji word that literally means, "second degree."

二段 is the second black belt rank in Japanese martial arts.

The first Kanji means two or second in Japanese.

The second Kanji means step, grade, rank, or level.

二段 can also be written as 弐段. This version just uses a more complicated Kanji for the number two.


Japan nidan
Nidan Vertical Wall Scroll

ニダン is the name Nidan written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).

ニダン is not the same as 二段 (nidan), which is the second degree (black belt) in Japanese.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)
Nidan二段ni dan / nidan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.