The United Martial Science Federation has six main belts in its under black belt ranking system; white, yellow, blue, red, brown and brown black. In the adult program (thirteen years of age and up) each belt rank is divided into three stages; beginning, intermediate and advanced for a total of 18 different belts before reaching the Black Belt. This makes the syllabus more manageable for the instructor while at the same time making the goals smaller and easier for the student to learn and obtain.
The Youth program (four to twelve years old) has the same six basic under black belt ranking system; white, yellow, blue, red, brown and brown black. To make this program more manageable and success oriented, each belt rank has been divided into six sub ranks with stripes of the main six belt colors running through the middle of the belt. i.e. White belt, white belt with a yellow stripe, white belt with a blue stripe, white belt with a red stripe, white belt with a brown stripe, and white belt with a black stripe. Then they would progress to a yellow belt with a white stripe and so on for a total of 36 different belt ranks. This is done in such a way as to not only make it easier for the student to learn the required material, but to also make the transition of youths going from the youth program to the adult program much simpler. For instance, a red belt/black striped youth that turns thirteen would go into the adult program and upon passing the next test would be a brown belt at the adult brown belt curriculum. The brown belt youth and the brown belt adult have the same curriculum requirements; it’s just that the adult program is divided into three parts whereas the youth program is divided into six parts. However, at the new colored belt rank, all students know the same material, be it adult or youth.