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TIP Testing

TIP testing(Training Incentive Program) is a "checkpoint" in your training. It gives the Instructor a chance to see how well you are learning the material being taught. After you test, the instructor will make comments on what areas you need to improve on before you are ready for your next belt exam. Take note of these comments and take action to continue making progress.

Students earn a stripe on their belt for successfully passing their TIP Testing.

Fitness Checkup

Prior to TIP testing students will complete a fitness checkup consisting of the following: Pull ups, sit ups, push ups, squats, and a run. Minimum requirements are based on rank. See below for a video demonstration of the fitness requirements.

 

Belt Exams

There are 4 Belt Exams per year. Please check to see what days and times these take place and plan ahead. Your belt exam is a huge event in your martial arts training. We encourage you to invite friends and family to attend this magnificent event.

On belt exams students will showcase their martial arts abilities. They will perform basics (blocks, strikes, kicks, etc...) They will demonstrate their katas and self defense techniques. Students will be asked to recite the student creeds and be a team player.

Students testing for the ranks of brown belt and above will also be required to break boards and spar on their exam.

Below is a list of sparring and breaking requirements for each belt level.

*All required sparring classes must be completed before a student can test for their final tip.

*All required regular classes must be completed before a student can TIP test.

Current Rank Sparring Classes Needed Required Regular Classes Required Board Breaking
White none Average 2 classes/wk none
Yellow none Average 2 classes/wk none
Orange none Average 2 classes/wk none
Purple 5 classes Average 2 classes/wk none
Blue 5 classes Average 2 classes/wk none
Green 7 classes Average 2 classes/wk none
2nd Green 7 classes Average 2 classes/wk Palm Strike
Brown 9 classes Average 2 classes/wk Side Kick
2nd Brown 9 classes Average 2 classes/wk Inward Elbow
Red 11 classes Average 2 classes/wk Front Kick
2nd Red 11 classes Average 2 classes/wk Hammer Fist
3rd Red 11 classes Average 2 classes/wk Spinning Back Kick

Advanced Belt board breaking minimum requirements:
1st-5th Grade(Public school grade)- Green Board
6th-9th Grade(Public school grade)- Blue Board
10th-12th Grade(Public school grade)- Brown Board
Adults-Brown Board

Black/Red Average 1 sparring class per week Average 2.5 classes per week 6 different breaks
Grade Black Belts Average 1 sparring class per week Average 2.5 classes per week

1 Break with hands
1 Break with feet

Degree Black Belts Average 1 sparring class per week Average 2.5 classes per week 1 Brick per Degree
Black Belt board breaking minimum requirements:
1st-5th Grade(Public school grade)- Blue Board
6th-9th Grade(Public school grade)- Brown Board
10th-12th Grade(Public school grade)- Black Board
Adults-Black Board

Color Belt Exams are generally held in the months of January, April, July and October.

Black Belt Exams are generally in April and October.

More specific dates, times and locations will be available as the Exam weeks get closer. Watch your schools events board and web calendar.

 

Protocol

1. Students must perform a courtesy bow when entering and leaving the training floor. This reminds us to be grateful for the things we have and the opportunities we get.

2. The beginning/ending of class will consist of performing a mutual courtesy bow between students and instructors. This is simply to show respect for each other.

3. Students should greet the front desk person and instructors when they enter the school. Students should say “Hello, Good Morning or Good Afternoon, Sir or Ma’am!”. Common courtesy.

4. During class students not doing drills should be clapping and cheering for their fellow students or team mates. Spectators are also encouraged to support the students through verbal motivation and clapping.

5. Students must show mutual courtesy and respect to each other regardless of age or rank.

6. If students are late to class they must wait at the edge of the training mat for an instructor to approach them. At that time the student must ask permission to join class late.

7. Students will line up by belt color, then by stripes, then by age.

8. If students have a question they must raise their hand.

9. Students must always address the instructor appropriately. Example: Mr., Mrs., Sir, Ma’am or Sensei.

10. Student must be in full uniform to attend class.

11. Uniform must always be clean and wrinkle free.

12. Belts must be tied correctly and secure.

13. Patches must be placed in appropriate places.

14. If students forget their belts they will line up at the end of the line.

15. T-shirts are allowed to be worn underneath your uniform top. However, they must be tucked in so that it does hang past your uniform.

16. No workout pants or jeans will be worn under uniform pants.

 

 

Ankeny, Iowa
1810 SW White Birch Cir. #100 Ankeny, Iowa 50023

515-963-9989
Johnston, Iowa
8805 Chamberry Blvd. Johnston, Iowa 50131

515-446-3630


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