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Since a belt system was not originally used in Kung Fu but rather adopted from various Japanese systems the colours are more less the same as most Japanese styles. In order of lowest rank to highest rank they usually look something like this:

white belt / no sash - Beginner

yellow belt or sash

gold belt or sash

purple belt or sash

orange belt or sash

green belt or sash

blue belt or sash

brown belt or sash

red belt or sash

black belt or sash - Advanced

Often the purple belt is up closer to black and in some cases the red is after black rather than before like so:

Black Sash - advanced

Red Sash - Master

White Sash - Grand Master

This will vary from school to school

In wushu's case, usually the colour is worn because it matches the uniform.

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