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Table of Contents:

Black Belt Essentials
Current cycles curriculum
TIP testing
Black belt exam scoring system

Breaking
Black belt ranking system
How to prepare for your black belt exam


Black Belt Essentials
All students training in the black belt class must first be able to perform all the black belt essentials with a passing score to qualify to begin learning the black belt katas and techniques.
Click here for a list of black belt essentials.
Extra Kata

Extra kata of your choice that will be performed on the exam. (Not modified. Must be as it was taught in class)

Extra Kata scoring:
You are scored by the examining board on a scale of 0 - 3, 3 being the highest. If you perform a kata of the beginner level the highest you can score is a 2, if you perform a kata from the intermediate level the highest you can score is a 2.5, from the advanced level the highest you can score a 2.75 and from the black belt level a 3.


Graduation Performance
All students training in the black belt class will be performing on the graduation. Even students that do not qualify to get their belt will be performing on the graduation.
You may request to perform a special demonstration of Kata, Weapons, Self Defense, Partner demonstration, or anything else that makes for a great spectator experience. Must be pre-approved by Master Wilber.
You will perform a team Kata as follows:
Flip belts - Short 2
1st Grade Black Belts - Tiger Set
2nd Grade Black Belts - Force 1 and 2
3rd Grade Black Belts - Long 2
4th and 5th Grade Black Belts - Long 1
1st Degree Black Belts - Short 3
2nd Degree Black Belts - Mass Attack
TIP Testing

All candidates for black belt must attend TIP testing where they will complete the physical requirements. A fitness checkup sheet will be filled out by the candidate and turned in along with their attendance card to get credit for that class. All requirements must be completed at the dojo.

The fitness checkup will consist of:

1. 2 mile run

2. 4 sets of push ups

3. 4 sets of pull ups

4. 4 sets of sit ups

5. 4 sets of squats

 
 

Black Belt Exam Scoring System

 

The following table is a list of requirements that are PASS or FAIL.

You must pass these requirements to qualify for the actual exam.

There is a $40 testing fee to take the pre-exam.

 

 

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Degrees

2 Mile Run

29 min

28 min

27 min

26 min

24 min

22 min

10 Pull ups

5 tries

4 tries

4 tries

3 tries

3 tries

2 tries

40 Sit ups

60 Sec

60 Sec

60 Sec

60 Sec

60 Sec

60 Sec

15 Push ups

30 Sec

30 Sec

30 Sec

30 Sec

30 Sec

30 Sec

Push ups

BB03
Up: Arms must be fully extended with body straight. Down: Shoulders must be in line with elbows
.

 

Sit ups
BB02

Holding on to the lapel of your uniform with arms crossed at all times. Back must touch the ground when sitting back. The elbows must touch the knees when sitting up
.

 

 

Pull ups
BB01

Down:
Head below bar. Up: Chin above bar.

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Breaking

 

The following list of requirements are scored on a 3.0 grading system. You must score a 2.0 or above to pass that particular area of the exam. Maximum board breaking score is 2.0.

 

Board/Brick breaking -

-Students testing for 1st Grade Black belt. You will be tested on the 6 advanced belt breaks.

1.Palm Strike

2.Side Kick

3.Inward Elbow

4.Front Kick

5.Hammer Fist

6.Spinnig Back Kick.

If all boards broken then your score will be a 2.0, Subtract .10 for each board not broken.

 

-Students testing for 2nd-5th Grade Black belt. You must choose one hand technique and one foot technique. If both boards broken then your score will be a 2.0, Subtract .30 for each board not broken.

 

-Students testing for A 1st level of a Degree will break 1 brick for each degree. If you break your bricks then your score will be a 2.0, otherwise score will be 0.0.

1st Degree 1st level=1 brick

2nd Degree 1st level=2 bricks

3rd Degree 1st level=3 bricks, etc...

 

-Students testing for a 2nd-5th Level of a Degree Black belt. You must also choose one hand technique and one foot technique. If both boards broken then your score will be a 2.0, Subtract .30 for each board not broken.

 

Bag Kick - Score is based on distance kicked. A minimum passing distance is 25 feet.

 

Basics -  Score determined by a panel of judges based on the quality of your performance.

 

Line Drills- Score determined by a panel of judges based on the quality of your performance

 

Bag Work- Score determined by a panel of judges based on the quality of your performance

 

Kata- Score determined by a panel of judges based on the quality of your performance

 

Self Defense- Score determined by a panel of judges based on the quality of your performance

 

Sparring - Sparring on your exam will work like a regular tournament. It will be a double elimination event. How you place is how you score on the exam. There will be 8 fighters in each division minimum.

 

Here is how the scoring works for Sparring:

1st place with no losses—score 3.00

(subtracting .05 for each point scored against you—not to go lower then a 2.50)

 

1st place with one loss—score 2.75

(subtracting .05 for each point scored against you—not to go lower then a 2.50)

 

2nd place—score 2.4

3rd place—score 2.3

4th place—score 2.2

5th—8th place—score *0.00

 

*5th—8th place will score 0.00 plus 0.3 for each point scored in all matches.

Not to exceed a score of 2.0

 

Black Belts testing to 1st Degree- Must create a thesis kata. Topic=Empty hand kata.
Black Belts testing to 2nd Degree- Must create a thesis kata. Topic=Weapon kata.
Black Belts testing to 3rd Degree- Must create a thesis kata. Topic=Multiple Attacker kata.

Black Belt Ranking System

Here is some important information about your rank and what it takes to get to the next level:

• During each Black Belt Cycle, if a student is not eligible for a test at the end of the cycle, that student must still attend a minimum of 25 classes and 20 sparring classes to qualify for the following exam.

• Any Black Belt that doesn't make the minimum 25 classes and 20 sparring classes (including degrees) during a Cycle will have their test date automatically moved to the next test date after the one they are scheduled for.

• Please note if you are going to be on the exam you must complete the minimum classes set in this Black Belt letter.

• Students must be a minimum of 16 years old to test to the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. Students under the age of 16 will test for junior level black belts until they reach the minimum age.

Black Belt Progression Chart

Rank Color of stitching Min time at this rank
Flip Belt Red/Black Approximately 6 months
1st Grade White Approximately 6 months
2nd Grade Purple Approximately 6 months
3rd Grade Blue Approximately 6 months
4th Grade Green Approximately 6 months
5th Grade Red Approximately 6 months
1st Degree White Approximately 6 months
If under age 16 then Jr. Levels of 1st Degree will apply to you.
Jr. 1st Degree Level 1 Yellow Approximately 6 months
Jr. 1st Degree Level 2 Orange Approximately 6 months
Jr. 1st Degree Level 3 Purple Approximately 6 months
Jr. 1st Degree Level 4 Blue Approximately 6 months
Jr. 1st Degree Level 5 Green Approximately 6 months
1st Degree, 2nd Level Red Approximately 6 months
2nd Degree White 1 year
2nd Degree, 2nd Level Purple 1 year
2nd Degree, 3rd Level Red 1 year
3rd Degree White 1 year
3rd Degree, 2nd Level Purple 1 year
3rd Degree, 3rd Level Blue 1 year
3rd Degree, 4th Level Red 1 year
4th Degree White 1 year
4th Degree, 2nd Level Purple 1 year
4th Degree, 3rd Level Blue 1 year
4th Degree, 4th Level Green 1 year
4th Degree, 5th Level Red 1 year
5th Degree Red 6 years
6th Degree Red 7 Years
7th Degree Red 8 years
8th Degree Red 9 years
9th Degree Red 10 years
10th Degree Red 11 years

 

 

How to prepare for your Black Belt exam

he black belt exam is broken into 3 areas. Pre-Exam, Exam day, and Graduation.

 

1. Pre-Exam   To qualify for pre-exam you must satisfy the following criteria:

            A.) Have successfully completed the "flip' exam or previous black belt exam.

B.) Have the potential to complete the minimum number of required karate classes and sparring classes by belt exam date. On average you must attend 2.5 regular karate classes per week and at least 1 sparring class per week.

C.) Have met the minimum fitness requirements during TIP test.(Run, pushups, situps, pullups, etc…)

D.) Be able to break the required boards with each of the 6 required methods. (palm, front kick, inward elbow, side kick, hammerfist, spin back kick)

E.) Be able to kick the hand target the minimum distance of 25 ft..

 

Pre exam may consist of any of the following:

            2 mile Run, pushups, situps, pullups, bag kick, board breaking.

 

2.Exam Day

            To qualify for exam day you must have successfully passed the pre-exam.

 

Exam day may consist ofany of the following:

            Basics, bag work, weapons, kata, self defense and sparring. You must have a 2.0 average to pass the exam.

 

3. Graduation

            To receive your belt on graduation you must successfully pass the exam.

 

Graduation is our "Black Belt Spectacular". This is a time to showcase your martial arts talents. Candidates will perform various activities on the graduation including kata, techniques, team demonstration and more. Other performances will include KenpoXT team, SWAT team, instructors and more. You don't want to miss this. Black Belt Graduation is open for all to see. Invite everyone.

 

Black belt testing fees.

Belt fee is due near the beginning of a belt cycle. The $50 fee includes your new black belt. (Flip belts would have already paid this with their flip belt exam) There is a $40 testing fee due prior to pre-exams.

 

Do not train to meet the "minimum" requirements. Train to become the best black belt you can be!

 

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