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Kohai (ko'hi) are junior assistant teachers that have been granted kirikame, the first teaching license granted by the SAA. They can hold class in place of a sensei or a shihan, but cannot teach new techniques. They are usually ikkyu or above. Ikkyu wear the belt shown here (with their rank and position embroidered in black); shodan and above wear the normal belt associated with their rank.