Belts provide challenging, but attainable short term goals toward what may seem like a difficult and unattainable long term goal of Black Belt excellence. In Villari's system, each belt has a specific curriculum and time requirement which slowly increases with each rank. The time required to achieve Black Belt does also vary by individual development. Most students will complete the curriculum in four to six years.
The rank system starts with the White Belt. Followed by Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Brown and Black Belts. In addition, there is an advanced level to Blue and Green Belts.There are three levels of Brown Belt and twelve degrees of Black Belt. The 12th degree Black Belt represents the system's Great Grand Master, Frederick J. Villari.