Exam Weeks August 16-25 | Graduation Night August 26

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We are closely monitoring the current state of emergency regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our area.   

It is extremely important to us that we in no way add to the spread of this.  

Thank you for being part of our dojo family and stay safe and healthy! 

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Exam Weeks: AUGUST 16 THROUGH 25

Graduation Night:  THURSDAY AUGUST 26 | NO REGULAR CLASSES

The time is based on COVID-19 safety protocols.  Please consider taking photos to share with others instead of inviting the entire family to this particular graduation to limit exposure.  We encourage, but are not requiring masks.  We cannot guarantee that we will be able to share the exam through a link, but will consider it if we can.  

Please come to the time based on your current rank (not the rank you will be promoting to).

6:00 White and Yellow Belts – 12 and under

6:45 Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Brown and Red Belts – 12 and under

7:30 Adults All Levels (those in the adult class). Any adults may participate in the graduation class

1) How do I know if I am eligible for graduation?

Do you have a BLUE stripe (electrical tape) on on end of your belt?  Then you are eligible.  

You have passed if you have a RED Stripe on the Black Stripes on the opposite side of the Blue Stripe. If you do not, you have not yet passed and have only a few days to do it.

2) What do I have to do to test?

Attend classes during the weeks of AUGUST 16 THROUGH 25.  You will be given two opportunities to test during those weeks.

3) What will I be tested on?

For each rank there are things you are tested on.  What you need to know for each rank is the CURRENT kata.

You can see details below about what is required for each rank.

4) How do I know if I’ve passed?  

There are four black stripes that you receive during the months you are training for your next rank.  

1 – Stances

2 – Kicking

3 – Fitness

4 – Kata and Self Defense

After you have passed and met the attendance requirement, you will receive a red stripe.  You will have two opportunities to earn your red stripe, but make sure you know your requirements.

5) I’m struggling with my Kata.

Have you used the app to help you? Under curriculum, most katas have a step by step breakdown of the kata with Renshi.  Most are also in mirrored and regular format so that you can follow along in the way that you best understand.  Some of our beginner ones also have downloadable printouts that you can use as well!  If you’ve exhausted all that, then let Sensei Crissi know you need a little extra help and we will try to connect you with someone to help.  

6) When is Graduation?

Graduation Night will be on THURSDAY, AUGUST 26

The time is based on COVID-19 safety protocols.  Please consider taking photos to share with others instead of inviting the entire family to this particular graduation to limit exposure.  We encourage, but are not requiring masks.  We cannot guarantee that we will be able to share the exam through a link, but will consider it if we can.  

Please come to the time based on your current rank (not the rank you will be promoting to).

6:00 White and Yellow Belts – 12 and under

6:45 Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, Brown and Red Belts – 12 and under

7:30 Adults All Levels (those in the adult class). Any adults may participate in the graduation class.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO SIGN UP FOR THE CLASS FOR GRADUATION ON THE SPARK APP.  YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED IF YOU COMPLETE THE FORM.

7) We can’t make it graduation night.  

If there is no way to make it, please let us know, we will do our best to work around it.  

8) What if I don’t pass?

Don’t stress, we have another graduation in November and you will have plenty of time to learn your requirements.  Everyone earns their belt at the time that is right for them.

9) What do I wear to graduation night?

You must wear your full uniform (gi) to Graduation Night.  You may wear a t-shirt underneath your gi top, but you must wear your full uniform.  It may be the black or white uniform.

10) Who can watch me on graduation night?  

We have always just made it an open area for everyone to come watch and celebrate, however, as with most things, COVID has made an impact.  We will ask you to complete a form where you can let us know how many spectators you expect.

11) What forms will need to be completed?

All Levels need to complete this form to be eligible for graduation. 

RANK REQUIREMENTS

Many people ask us about rank requirements!

Parents are reminded that this is a journey, not a goal.  Black Belt Excellence is something you will carry with you your entire life.  This should not be a race to a finish line, but a commitment to a lifelong learning opportunity that has been passed on for generations.

Thank you for your support of our program, which endeavors to improve the world by impacting our community one student at a time.

As our dojo is not a McDojo where you put in your time and earn the belt, or pay your fee and earn the belt, we reserve the right to extend the time at each rank for any reason, including age, ability, fitness goals, focus, behavior in or out of the dojo, attitude, knowledge of material or any other factor that might arise.  We believe in every student we help earn a Black Belt and want to help them be the best that they can be.  

This cannot be reached by handing over a belt just because they have paid the tuition and put in the time.

We are blessed beyond measure to have you as part of our dojo family.  Osu.

At each belt level, there are a minimum number of classes and requirements to meet before promotion.  Minimum represents the shortest number of classes or amount of time between ranks.  As we always want to help our students succeed, we may see that it is necessary for longer than the minimum.  At this rank, it may be that pushing them at their minimum would put them at a faster pace for a higher rank and would put them into the intermediate class with sparring before they are ready.  This would set them up for failure rather than success.

We will always do our best to determine the right path for our students.  Holding them back does not represent anything to us other than they need a little more time to be prepared for the next rank.  Combined, Sensei and Ms. Crissi have spent over 50 years in the martial arts world and always have our student’s best interest at heart.

WHITE BELT

Minimum 16-30 classes.

Must perform Appreciation Form Kata with details of Square Horse Stance and the Basic Four Blocks (Inner, Outer, Upper, Lower).  Must perform Front Kicks and Side Kicks with attention to details such as foot shape, chambers, foot placement, eye control, guard, kiais.  Fitness should be 1 perfect pushups, 10 perfect crunches and 10 perfect squats.  Students will also be tested on Stances:  Fighting Stance, Neutral Stance, Relaxed Stance, Seizas 1, 2, and 3, Square Horse Stance.  You will also be tested on the current Self Defense, Front Choke and Rear Choke.

YELLOW BELT

Minimum 16-30 classes.

Must perform Short One Kata with details of Square Horse Stance and the Basic Four Blocks (Inner, Outer, Upper, Lower).  Must perform Front Kicks and Side Kicks in the 1-4 Count Kicking Pattern with attention to details such as foot shape, chambers, foot placement, eye control, guard, kiais.  Fitness should be 2 perfect pushups, 10 perfect crunches and 10 perfect squats.  Students will also be tested on Stances:  Fighting Stance, Neutral Stance, Relaxed Stance, Seizas 1, 2, and 3, Square Horse Stance.  You will also be tested on the current Self Defense and any you have learned previously.

ORANGE BELT

Minimum 16-30 classes.

Must perform Long One Kata with details of Square Horse Stance, Hard Bow Stance and the Basic Four Blocks (Inner, Outer, Upper, Lower).  Must perform Front Kicks, Side Kicks and Round House Kicks in the 1-6 Count Kicking Pattern with attention to details such as foot shape, chambers, foot placement, eye control, guard, kiais.  Fitness should be 3 perfect pushups, 15 perfect crunches and 15 perfect squats.  Students will also be tested on Stances:  Fighting Stance, Neutral Stance, Relaxed Stance, Seizas 1, 2, and 3, Square Horse Stance and Hard Bow Stance.

Current and previous self defense will also be tested.

PURPLE BELT

Minimum 30 classes.

At this level, you attend a new class.  Be sure to check the schedule for the Purple – Blue – Green Belt Class Times.

At this level, you must also be in BBC.  What is BBC?  Click Here:  https://teamscsdaphne.wordpress.com/2017/11/24/what-is-bbc/

At this level, we also begin a rotating curriculum that allows us to teach multiple levels the same kata, changing every two months.  This allows students to receive more instructor time and not be bored with the same kata.  Every three months, they can look forward to working a different one for that cycle.  There are five kata that we rotate every three months to work on at this level:  Basic Chuk Kata, Kenpo Short Two and Kenpo Short Three and Performance Form One.

Sparring is also beginning now.  Practice putting on your gear a lot.  Get to where you can put all of it on in a minute or less!  All of it!  And make sure you bring everything you need to class.  Don’t forget your cup if you’re a boy!

Must perform the current kata with details of Square Horse Stance, Hard Bow Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow and the techniques of the form.  Must perform Front Kicks, Side Kicks and Round House Kicks in the 1-8 Count Kicking Pattern with attention to details such as foot shape, chambers, foot placement, eye control, guard, kiais.  Fitness should be 5 perfect pushups, 20 perfect crunches and 20 perfect squats.  Students will also be tested on Stances:  Fighting Stance, Neutral Stance, Relaxed Stance, Seizas 1, 2, and 3, Square Horse Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow Stance and Hard Bow Stance.

Current and previous self defense will also be tested.

BLUE BELT

Minimum 30 classes.

At this level, we continue working a rotating curriculum that allows us to teach multiple levels the same kata, changing every three months.  This allows students to receive more instructor time and not be bored with the same kata.  Every two months, they can look forward to working a different one for that cycle.  There are five kata that we rotate every three months to work on at this level:  Basic Chuk Kata, Kenpo Short Two and Kenpo Short Three and Performance Form One.

Sparring is also part of your curriculum.  Practice putting on your gear a lot.  Get to where you can put all of it on in a minute or less!  All of it!  And make sure you bring everything you need to class.  Don’t forget your cup if you’re a boy!

Must perform the current kata with details of Square Horse Stance, Hard Bow Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow and the techniques of the form.  Must perform Front Kicks, Side Kicks and Round House Kicks in the 1-8 Count Kicking Pattern with attention to details such as foot shape, chambers, foot placement, eye control, guard, kiais.  Fitness should be 5 perfect pushups, 20 perfect crunches and 20 perfect squats.  Students will also be tested on Stances:  Fighting Stance, Neutral Stance, Relaxed Stance, Seizas 1, 2, and 3, Square Horse Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow Stance and Hard Bow Stance.

Current and previous self defense will also be tested.

GREEN BELT

Minimum 30 classes.

At this level, we continue working a rotating curriculum that allows us to teach multiple levels the same kata, changing every two months.  This allows students to receive more instructor time and not be bored with the same kata.  Every three months, they can look forward to working a different one for that cycle.  There are five kata that we rotate every three months to work on at this level:  Basic Chuk Kata, Kenpo Short Two and Kenpo Short Three and Performance Form One.

Sparring is also part of your curriculum.  Practice putting on your gear a lot.  Get to where you can put all of it on in a minute or less!  All of it!  And make sure you bring everything you need to class.  Don’t forget your cup if you’re a boy!

Must perform the current kata with details of Square Horse Stance, Hard Bow Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow and the techniques of the form.  Must perform Front Kicks, Side Kicks and Round House Kicks in the 1-8 Count Kicking Pattern with attention to details such as foot shape, chambers, foot placement, eye control, guard, kiais.  Fitness should be 6 perfect pushups, 25 perfect crunches and 25 perfect squats.  Students will also be tested on Stances:  Fighting Stance, Neutral Stance, Relaxed Stance, Seizas 1, 2, and 3, Square Horse Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow Stance, Soft Bow Stance and Hard Bow Stance.

Current and previous Self Defense will also be tested.

BROWN BELT

Minimum 50 classes.

You will be attending a new class!  Check the schedule to see when the Brown and Above Class Time is! You will also need to schedule in three classes a week to be on schedule for your next rank.

At this level, we continue working a rotating curriculum that allows us to teach multiple levels the same kata, changing every three months.  This allows students to receive more instructor time and not be bored with the same kata.  Every three months, they can look forward to working a different one for that cycle.  There are five to work on at this level:  Chuk Form 2, Kama Set, Kenpo Book Set and Basic Bo Form.

Sparring is also part of your curriculum.  Practice putting on your gear a lot.  Get to where you can put all of it on in a minute or less!  All of it!  And make sure you bring everything you need to class.  Don’t forget your cup if you’re a boy!

Must perform the current kata with details of Square Horse Stance, Hard Bow Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow and the techniques of the form.  Must perform Front Kicks, Side Kicks and Round House Kicks in the 1-8 Count Kicking Pattern with attention to details such as foot shape, chambers, foot placement, eye control, guard, kiais.  We will be adding in Two Count Basics as a Requirement at this level.  And will begin 1-10 Count Kicking.  Fitness should be 8 perfect pushups, 25 perfect crunches and 25 perfect squats.  Students will also be tested on Stances:  Fighting Stance, Neutral Stance, Relaxed Stance, Seizas 1, 2, and 3, Square Horse Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow Stance, Soft Bow Stance and Hard Bow Stance.

Current and previous Self Defense will also be tested.

RED BELT

Minimum 50 classes.

You will also need to schedule in three classes a week to be on schedule for your next rank.

At this level, we continue working a rotating curriculum that allows us to teach multiple levels the same kata, changing every three months.  This allows students to receive more instructor time and not be bored with the same kata.  Every three months, they can look forward to working a different one for that cycle.  There are five to work on at this level:  Chuk Form 2, Kama Set, Kenpo Book Set, Kenpo Mass Attacks and Basic Bo Form.

Sparring is also part of your curriculum.  Practice putting on your gear a lot.  Get to where you can put all of it on in a minute or less!  All of it!  And make sure you bring everything you need to class.  Don’t forget your cup if you’re a boy!

Must perform the current kata with details of Square Horse Stance, Hard Bow Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow and the techniques of the form.  Must perform Front Kicks, Side Kicks and Round House Kicks in the 1-8 Count Kicking Pattern with attention to details such as foot shape, chambers, foot placement, eye control, guard, kiais. Two Count Basics is also a requirement, along with 10 Count Kicking and we will begin 1-2-3 Count Kicking.   Fitness should be 10 perfect pushups, 30 perfect crunches and 30 perfect squats.  Students will also be tested on Stances:  Fighting Stance, Neutral Stance, Relaxed Stance, Seizas 1, 2, and 3, Square Horse Stance, Cat Stance, Reverse Hard Bow Stance, Soft Bow Stance and Hard Bow Stance.

Current and previous Self Defense will also be tested.

HIGH RED BELT

We have a meeting each February and August to outline the requirements of Black Belt.  You can be sure you will need to know all the material you have learned since White Belt.  There will be a lot of hard work, extra fitness and weekly training logs to complete to be able to earn your Black Belt.  It’s a process that lets you find your inner strength, focus and power like no other.  Is it hard, yes.  Is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

You will still work the current curriculum, but you will have additional requirements that will be explained at the Candidate Meeting.

At this level, we continue working a rotating curriculum that allows us to teach multiple levels the same kata, changing every three months.  This allows students to receive more instructor time and not be bored with the same kata.  Every three months, they can look forward to working a different one for that cycle.  There are five to work on at this level:  Chuk Form 2, Kama Set, Kenpo Book Set, Kenpo Mass Attacks and Basic Bo Form.