Belt Testing Requirements
In order for a student to be eligible to belt test there are three requirements that must be met. (See below for details) Once a student is eligible they are welcome to attend the next belt testing available which will usually be held on the first Wednesday of the month with a make-up test available on the first Sunday. (On occasion testing may get pushed back to the 2nd Wednesday of the month due to conflicting events) Students are encouraged to attend belt testing on one of the two times available on Wednesday (3:20 or 4:50) but if for any reason they can’t make it that day there is a make up testing available on the following Sunday at 1:00. Please be sure to check the homepage for event details on upcoming testing dates.
- Students must attend at least the minimum number of classes that are designated for their current belt color. The chart below contains the minimum number of classes for each belt rank.
- Students must be training in their current belt rank for at least the minimum amount of time listed on the chart below and have attendance recorded for the duration of that time. Also, leading up to their test they will need to be in attendance for the month prior to testing so that they will be properly prepared for their test.
- Students must have all of their curriculum stripes awarded. These stripes can be awarded after class by asking the instructor to test them on the material they are eligible to test for. See the Curriculum stripe section for more details.
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Testing Day and Belt Ceremony
(First Wednesday & Sunday of the month)
On testing day the students will perform their material that they have been practicing in front of their families, classmates and Instructors. This moment is meant to push students but more importantly allow them to really shine for the audience and gain confidence in their new found skills and abilities. Family and friends are encouraged to stop by and see the testing in action. The Wednesday test is 1 hour long and two times are available for testing at either 3:20 or 4:50. After testing students can come to the Belt Ceremony which takes place on the following Sunday at 12:00. During Belt ceremony there is a warm-up followed by board breaking and ending with the student receiving their new belt. As with belt testing, friends and family are encouraged to attend this exciting event. If for any reason a student can’t make it to Belt Ceremony they will be able to break their board and receive their belt at the next class they come to following the Sunday Belt Ceremony.
Testing Times: 3:20 or 4:50 (First Wednesday of each month)
Belt Ceremony: 12:00 (First Sunday of each month)
*Be sure to check our homepage for testing time and details
(First Sunday of the month)
There is a make up testing that takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 1:00 – 2:00. Students are encouraged to come to the Wednesday test but if there’s any reason they can’t make it that day they are certainly welcome to attend the make up test on Sunday. After this test they will be eligible to break their board and receive their new belt at the next class they attend.
Curriculum Stripe Testing
Curriculum stripes are awarded to students when they are able to display proficiency in the material that they will be required to display at belt testing. There are four colored stripes available which are Green, Blue, Red, and Black and each represents a different set of material that they will be learning over the course of their current rank.
In order to test for a stripe the student must ask their parent or caretaker if they have time at the end of class to test with their instructor. Testing on a particular material will take between 3 – 8 minutes but please know that other students may be asking to stripe test after class as well so the instructor will get to each student as soon as it is possible. This time serves two purposes. First, it gives the instructor a chance to work with the student individually to help them make any necessary adjustments or corrections and, second, it gives students a reward for learning their material as well as giving them the responsibility to fully comprehend and adjust to any corrections the instructor might make.
Students are eligible to curriculum stripe test on a 1:1 basis with the class attendance stripes that they will receive. (Please see Attendance stripes for details). With each attendance stripe a student receives they are then eligible to test for a curriculum stripe on the opposite side of their belt. Once they have all four curriculum stripes on their belt they have met 1 of the 3 belt testing requirements. (See Belt Testing for details)
The Green Stripe
The Green stripe is awarded to students who are able to demonstrate their current belt rank’s kicking techniques. These kicks can be found in the curriculum section of the site which you can find by clicking here. During the stripe test Instructors will often make subtle corrections in how the kicks should be executed and once the stripe has been awarded it is the student’s responsibility to be sure to make those corrections before they belt test.
The Blue Stripe
The Blue stripe is awarded to students who are able to execute the current kicking and punching (Striking) defenses. These defenses are part of a revolving curriculum that the entire 8 year old and Above student body will practice over the course of a 2 month period. (This is, in part, why it is necessary for students who are planning on belt testing to be in attendance in the month(s) leading up to their belt test). Within each of the striking defenses are volumes of concepts that Instructors will delve into in greater detail the higher a student is in belt rank. As students gain experience in learning Martial Arts techniques they come to realize that there is much more going on conceptually in each of the techniques than they were previously aware. Each movement has distance, balance, continuity, and positioning properties just to name a few. Instructors will often highlight these properties but it is the more senior students that pick up on and apply those aspects to the techniques. As these techniques are practiced over time the concepts and properties will transfer universally into other movements and defenses. As a result, when higher level students practice one idea they are figuring out how that idea will fit into many other concepts at the same time. Martial Arts is an “art” in the same fashion as any other. The more it is practiced the more you see the detail and artisanship within the pieces.
The Red Stripe
The Red Stripe is awarded to students who can display effectiveness with their grabbing defenses. Like the Blue Stripe material these grabbing defenses are part of a revolving curriculum that will be taught to the 8 year old and above student body over the course of a two month period. (Please see the Blue Stripe material above for reference) As with the striking defenses, grabbing defenses are skills that involve volumes of detail within details and at the base level are meant to strategically make it very difficult for an attacker to take balance or cause harm in close range. At the higher level however these concepts are taught as an art in learning how to control and manipulate the attacker’s body weight, position, effectiveness, and continuity at close quarters. The focus becomes more about the design of the techniques and movements which leads to a greater efficiency in dealing with a stressful combat situation. The more proficient a student gets in how the concepts fit together the more effectively they will be able to think, act, and manage if a real situation were to ever take place.
The Black Stripe
The Black stripe is awarded to students who can successfully display, without mistake, their entire “Poomse” (“Poomse” is the korean term for form) A form is a series of movements that involve blocks, strikes and stances practiced in a directional pattern. The core concept in practicing forms and the foremost reason why it is practiced in nearly all martial arts is that it infuses discipline into technique and challenges a student’s character in the qualities that are sought to be enhanced in martial arts. By practicing forms students are required to show detail and precision in their memorized techniques that will test their characteristics as martial artists. Having the control over one’s body to transition, execute, and concentrate on applying detail to the sequenced techniques reflects the levels of a student’s character in martial arts. When you see a student’s form improve over time you will also see qualities such as discipline, focus, self awareness, and attention to detail increase along with it. Throughout the history of martial arts teachers have learned that concepts are taught much more easily when these levels in character are increased through the use of forms. Each belt rank has a required form to be properly executed. For some belt ranks the same form is required as the previous belt rank however at the higher rank greater detail and stronger execution is required. The form required for each belt rank can be found in the curriculum section of this site by clicking here.
Yellow attendance stripes are awarded to students in increments of attendance that coincide with the chart below. When a student has the required number of classes they can see an instructor after class (Only if the their parent/caretaker has the time to do so) The instructor will look up how many classes they have attended since their last belt test and will award students with the appropriate amount of yellow stripe(s).
Attendance stripes represent the concept of having smaller goals within the larger goal. When belt testings are broken up into smaller achievements within the large task of graduating to the next belt we see a great deal of excitement and initiative in our students when they know that their next achievement is right around the corner. The work students do in class is challenging and by having the attendance stripe it gives credit where credit is due by recognizing them incrementally for their hard work and dedication to the program. When students move forward in this fashion this cycle of breaking things down into smaller goals that make up the larger one becomes a habit that the student will skillfully apply to everything they set goals for in life.