Adult – Rank Guidelines

Note: This is a guide to assist the student in understanding what material they should be learning for their next rank.  Many of the criteria are based on assessment of a skilled instructor.  In all cases, the student should consult the instructor for the specific challenges they should be working on. Testing:  At a promotional test, the student is expected to demonstrate the criteria for the rank and also be able to demonstrate any previous material on request.

 

White belt ranks

Total time at least 8 months

 

  1 green stripe 2 green stripes 3 green stripes Green “ends”
Kata Sanchin – follow along Sanchin – performed independentlyKonshiwa – follow along Sanchin – performed competently Sanchin – performed competentlyKonshiwa –

Performed independently

Kumite     Kyu Kumite and Konshiwa Bunkai follow along Kyu Kumite and Konshiwa Bunkai performed independantly
Opening exercises Able to follow along with first set Able to follow along with second set Competent at all exercises Able to lead any exercise from first set
Fitness   Do some pushups/squats    
Sparring   Slow speed sparring Able to perform sparring drills Moderate speed sparring – keeps hands up
Kotekite        
Other   Trapping hands drill   Trapping hands drill – left hand leads

 

 

 

Green belt ranks

Total time at least 14 months

  Green belt 1 brown stripe 2 brown stripes 3 brown stripes
Kata Konshiwa – performed competently Konshu – able to follow along Konshuperformed independently Konshuperformed competently;

Seichin

follow along

Seichinperformed independently
Kumite Kyu Kumite and Konshiwa Bunkai performed competently     Dan Kumite Follow along
Opening exercises Able to lead any exercise from second set   Excellent form – first set Excellent form – second set
Fitness Marked improvement in fitness      
Sparring Willing to defend yourself   Able to apply offense strategy  
Kotekite Able to follow through all     Performed independently
Other Trapping hands drill – in motion Joint lock set follow along   Joint lock set independent

 

 

 

 

 

Brown belt through Black belt

Total time at least 14 months

  Brown belt 1 black stripe 2 black stripes Black belt
Kata Seichinperformed competently;

Seisan follow along

Seisanperformed independently Seisanperformed competently

 

San Chin and Seisan performed at master level
Kumite   Dan Kumite performed independently competently Dan Kumite performed at master level
Opening exercises       Excellent form, especially basics: kicks, punch, circle block
Fitness Marked improvement in fitness     50 pushups/20 squats
Sparring   Spar for one minute   Spar for two minutes
Kotekite Performed independently     Excellent form
Other Joint lock set competent   Joint locks in combination with trapping hands drill Excellent form