CURRICULUM

WHITE BELT

___ Regularly attend class for 1 month

___ Learn the Class Purpose, Format and Values.

 

 

BLUE BELT

 

​All prior requirements plus:

___ Regularly attend class for 6 months after White Belt

___ Demonstrate the Karate Basics

___ Demonstrate 1 kata

KARATE BASICS:

___ Stance & Mobility (Front, Back, Cat, Horse, Square, Boxing Feet)

___ Block and Counters (Rising, Inside Forearm, Down, Outside Forearm)

___ Kicks (Front, Side, Roundhouse, Back, Crescent, Knee)

 

​Notes for Boxing Feet:

 

 

1) Feet about shoulder width apart, left or right foot forward.

2) Hand up elbows down.

3) Unlock knees, weight on the balls of the feet.

​PURPLE BELT

All prior requirements plus:

___ Regularly attend class for 6 months after Blue Belt

___ Demonstrate the Offense portion of the Curriculum

___ Demonstrate 3 Kata

 

OFFENSE:

___ Hands

___ Forearms

___ Elbows

___ Knees

___ Shins

___ Feet

Notes on Offense:

1) Power equals mass behind structured tool plus speed.

2) Forward motion.

3) Circular motion.

4) Rising/dropping motion.

Interactive Exercises:

___ Arm Toughening

___ Pad and Kick Shield

___ "Boxing hands" jab, cross, hook, uppercut

Notes on Interactive Exercises:

1) One person learns how to provide targets while the other person learns how to hit targets.

2) Start slowly, gradually add speed as you become more advanced.

3) Practice single targets and combinations.

BROWN BELT

All prior requirements plus:

___ Regularly attend class for 1 year after Purple Belt

___ Demonstrate the Defense portion of the Curriculum

___ Demonstrate 5 kata

DEFENSE:

___ Evasion

___ Parrying

___ Blocking

___ Trapping

Notes on Defense:

1) Evasion is moving so that you avoid or minimize an attack.

2) Parrying is redirecting an attack.

3) Blocking is covering a more vulnerable body part with a less vulnerable body part to absorb/disperse an attack.

4) Trapping/Controlling is catching and immobilizing an attack and/or an attacker.

Interactive Exercises:

___ Evade/Parry/Block/Trap - individual and combinations

​___ Free Sparring (complementary)

Notes on Interactive Exercises:

1) Start with single prearranged techniques, targets and defenses and build up to multiple freestyle techniques, targets and defenses.

2) One person designated to practice offensive while the other person designated to practice defensive moves.

3) Practice with and without gloves.

4) Start slowly, gradually add speed as you become more advanced.

BLACK BELT - FIRST DEGREE

All prior requirements plus:

___ Regularly attend class for 2 years after Brown Belt

___ Demonstrate entire Curriculum at a basic level

___ Demonstrate 8 kata

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BLACK BELT - SECOND DEGREE

 

All prior requirements plus:

 

___ Regularly attend class for 4 years after first degree

___ Demonstrate the Curriculum at an advanced level

BLACK BELT - THIRD DEGREE

All prior requirements plus:

___ Regularly attend class for 4 years after second degree

___ Demonstrate the Curriculum at an expert level

BLACK BELT - FOURTH DEGREE

All prior requirements plus:

___ Regularly attend class for 8 years after third degree

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BLACK BELT - FIFTH DEGREE

All prior requirements plus:

___ Regularly attend class for 10 years after fourth degree

TEACHER DESIGNATIONS

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR - Brown Belt or Black Belt qualified to assist with instruction in class.

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​INSTRUCTOR - Black Belt qualified to lead a complete class.

TEACHER - Instructor qualified to organize and teach own class.

A note on belt ranks:

 

Belt ranks only have meaning within one's own school or organization. There is no worldwide standard on what it takes to earn, say, a black belt, or any other rank. The standards vary widely from school to school and from art to art. As a result, belt rank is not an indication of skill or time - outside of one's own school. It is certainly not something to brag about or even discuss, particularly if you would like to keep the fact that you study martial arts relatively private.

 

Our requirements for belt rank are outlined above. A hard working student can earn a black belt in our school in about four years, but it could take a good bit longer if the student is young or is taking his or her time with training. Further, to your teacher the black belt means that the student has practiced hard and has learned the basic curriculum of the school, and now has the honor of being a role model to the other students. At the same time, a new black belt has a long, long way to go and should aspire to humility and avoid arrogance.

 

Remember, there is no race to the top of the pile. From the perspective of a person who has trained for 40 years and feels like he has many years to go, the sky really is the limit on what level you can achieve.

 

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