Traditionally Pa Kua was taught orally and complete, without belts or segregation of the techniques into different disciplines. In an effort to keep alive the information and techniques, World Pa Kua uses a modern approach which allows us to continue passing the information through generations in a way that adapts to the changing world and the modern lifestyle.
Each student has a rank in each Pa Kua discipline. If I attend only martial arts I will wear a belt according to my level which will change as I evaluate and continue to learn. But I will also have a white belt in the other 8 disciplines. If I attend more than one discipline, I will wear my highest rank belt with patches colored to represent each level in each discipline. The patch will have a symbol and circle (seen below) so that each student can recognize and work appropriately with each other student.
The ranks are white, yellow, orange, green, grey, blue, red, black. Starting at white, until a student receives their grey belt, they will attend regular classes and then go to an evaluation which will be held during regular class time approximately three times each year. A student will need to evaluate for each discipline they attend in order to move forward in that discipline. After grey belt and moving on from there, the students will start participating in improvement classes and belt seminars which will take the place of evaluations.