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.
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.
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|
|Red/Black||Avg. 1 per week||Average 2.5 classes/wk||All 6 Breaks|
|Grade Black||Avg. 1 per week||Average 2.5 classes/wk||1 Hand and 1 foot break|
|Degree Black||Avg. 1 per week||Average 2.5 classes/wk||1 brick per degree