Black Belt Candidate Requirements

Updated 4/21/2018

We are in the preparation phase for Candidate Pre-Exam or Final Exam before Power Weekend.

**To allow families to have an entire day on Sunday, we have rearranged graduation night to be on Thursday, May 17 – (Sensei’s Birthday!) – We would like to have the Power Weekend on Friday and Saturday.** Please let me know if this is not okay with your schedule!  Thank you!

You have been preparing for this.

Continue to practice the things you were tested on in the first two PreChecks.

Many of you met with Sensei this past week to discuss your progress towards your black belt.  You will continue to train as he discussed.

As homework this week in Candidate Class, we have assigned working on your creative form quite a bit.  Break it into sections, work on each individual move, perfecting it, work the section, record it, watch it, critique it for speed, power, technique, foot shape, focus, intensity, facial expressions, skill, kick height, aiming of the strike, etc. as we discussed in class.  Keep practicing and videoing that section until it’s perfect, then do section 2. Rinse and repeat section 3, etc.  Then run it all together, video your performance and critique it.  Remember this is your creative you will perform at your Black Belt Spectacular!  You owe it to yourself to look good!

Put extra practice into what you will be tested on:

Basic Katas:

  • Appreciation Form
  • Dragon Kata
  • Form One
  • Basic Chuk Form

Intermediate Katas:

  • Short 2
  • Chuk Form One
  • XMA 1

Advanced Katas:

  • Short 3
  • XMA 2
  • Chuk Form Two
  • XMA Kama 2


  • 1-4, 1-6, 1-8 Count Kicking
  • 1-2-3 Count Kicking
  • 1-10 Count Kicking
  • 3 Set Kumite (you will not be tested on this in this Black Belt Cycle)

Creative Kumite

Self Defense

Of course you should always be working on fitness, basic details, kicking, striking, self defense and attitude.

A positive, strong, leadership attitude bring out the best not only in you, but everyone around you.  (Student Creed #2)  How you behave both in and out of the dojo are taken into account in your readiness for Black Belt.

Think of what a Black Belt should represent,  are you representing the Black Belt Principles at all times?  Where could you grow?  How could you change?  What are willing to do to make those changes?

You should be getting in three classes, plus candidate class each week.  If you are not maintaining that, you need to plan on being in the next cycle.  If you miss classes, as happens with all of us, you should arrange to make them up.  You may also want to look at the calendar and your own appointment book to see when adjustments may need to be made.  On weeks that there is no candidate class, you are not required to attend that fourth class.  Precheck counts as the fourth class.

Don’t forget to begin hydrating and preparing your body with the fuel and fluids it needs for your Pre-Exam on May 5 at 9 am.  Don’t wait until Friday or Saturday morning to begin preparing. We have discussed this in candidate meetings and classes at length.  Stay healthy!

Saturday, arrive no earlier than 8:30, but no later than 8:50 for your exam.  Be dressed in full gi.  Bring running shoes and clothes.  Don’t forget your gear and weapons.  As we are in the second of the four tests, there are no excuses.

Train hard, work hard and enjoy the results of your success!  We are only six weeks away from Black Belt Spectacular and there are so many things in between to prepare us for the show!  This is an exciting time!  Be sure to pay attention to the announcements!



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