, Kyu is an amateur
rank in Go
, or anything else that has ranked steps, such as Karate
, or Shogi
. The system starts at the lowest level, 30 kyu, really bad, to 1 kyu. Beyond that is the lowest Dan
, known as shodan
(firts dan). Dan levels go up to 9.
You can play for years and still be a kyu player.
In the original chinese system, the description of a 9 dan player was "God enters into his games".
In Korean Go, kyu is known as "gup", and it starts at 35, not 30.