• 1st Degree

    All Requirements

    Time Requirements: 2-4 years

    Those who will test sooner demonstrate
    • An exemplification of all Conduct Concepts in their training and wider life
    • An engagement with the activities and ideas found in the Homework Binders
    • Proficiency in and recall of all previous Color Belt curriculum
    • A consistent record of attendance, both at regular classes and at special school events (tournaments, seminars, demos, etc.)
    • A dedication to assistant teaching from at least Brown Belt forward
    • Enthusiasm for the teamwork culture of the school and community, including on-line engagement, program recommendations to others, care for the well-being and progress of other students and families, etc.
    Versus those who will test later, who demonstrate
    • Inconsistency in the application of Conduct Concepts to their life, the requirement of frequent reminders or reprimand, disciplinary action, reduction in rank, etc.
    • An inability to retain previous Color Belt curriculum
    • Inconsistent attendance at regular classes; lack of attendance at school special events
    • Inadequate experience in assistant teaching; a desire only to progress in personal rank and not to contribute to the school
    • An attitude of extreme individualism over and against teamwork culture
    Curriculum Requirements
    • Combative Hand Sets 1-10
    • White-Half Black Open Hand Forms
      • Juniors choose one form each from Beginner, Intermediate, and Brown-Red levels, plus Half-Black
    • Nun-Chuk, Bo Staff, and Sword Weapon Forms
      • Juniors do only Sword
    • 6 Joint Manipulation techniques from Color Belts done against a push, a punch, and a lapel grab
      • Juniors only do against punch
    • 10 personal self-defense techniques with take-down and submission
      • Juniors do only 5

    Physical Requirements
    • 60 seconds each of cardio punching, pushups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees, and plank held until failure
    • All kicks done lead, reverse, and advancing, both sides, then jump lead, jump reverse, and jump advancing, both sides
    • 1 round of Bull in the Ring (unrehearsed self-defense reactions)
    • All tumbling and falling techniques
    • 2 rounds of sparring

    2nd Degree

    All Requirements

    Time Requirements: 2-3 years

    Those who will test sooner demonstrate
    • Enthusiasm for teamwork culture
    • A consistent record of attendance for both teaching and training
    • Maintained proficiency in all previous curriculum
    • Participation at school special events (quarterly testing, seminars, tournaments, etc.) and assistance in organizing, coordinating, and running these events
    • An ability and willingness to complete administrative tasks imperative to the running of the school, such as creating flyers, publishing social media content, editing forms and documents, tracking attendance, maintaining records, etc.
    Versus those who will test later, who demonstrate
    • A minimum standard of attendance in teaching and/or training
    • An inadequate recall of previous curriculum
    • A need for multiple reminders about Black Belt leadership and responsibility, teamwork culture, etc.
    • Inconsistent participation in and assistance with school special events
    • A minimum contribution to school administrative tasks
    Curriculum Requirements
    • Combative Hand Sets 1-11
    • White-1st Degree Open Hand Forms
    • All Color Belt Weapon Forms, plus Black Belt Nun-Chuk Form
      • Juniors do not need to do Color Belt Nun-Chuk Form
    • 20 Wrist Escape techniques
      • 6 Cross-Grab
      • 6 Same-Side Grab
      • 8 Double Grab
    • 18 Choke Defense techniques
      • 12 Guillotine Defense
      • 2 Hook Punch Defense
      • 4 Rear Naked Choke Defense
    • 5 Bear Hug Escape techniques
    • 12 Nun-chuk Self-Defense techniques
    • 8 personal Joint Manipulation chains of 2 techniques with take-down and submission
      • Juniors do only 5
    Physical Requirements
    • 60 seconds each of cardio punching, pushups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees, and plank held until failure
    • All kicks done shuffle lead, shuffle reverse, and shuffle advancing, both sides, then shuffle jump lead, shuffle jump reverse, and shuffle jump advancing, both sides
    • 3 personal multidirectional kicking combinations of 5 kicks in less than 7 seconds
    • All tumbling and falling techniques
    • 2 rounds of sparring

    3rd Degree

    All Requirements

    Time Requirements: 2-3 years
    Only those 14 years of age and older are eligible for degree rank higher than 2nd

    Curriculum Requirements
    • Combative Hand Sets 1-12
    • White-2nd Degree Open Hand Forms
    • All Color Belt Weapon Forms
    • 1st Degree Nun-Chuk Form
    • 2nd Degree Bo Staff Form
    • 5 Tonfa fundamentals / strikes
    • 12 Mid-Stick fundamentals / strikes
    • 20 Standard Grip Double Knife combinations
    • 13 Pressure Point techniques
    • 16 Kick Defense techniques
    • 14 Mid-Stick techniques
    • 12 personal Joint Manipulation chains of 3 techniques with take-down and submission

    Physical Requirements
    • 60 seconds each of cardio punching, pushups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees, and plank held until failure
    • 3 personal multidirectional kicking combinations of 6 kicks in less than 7 seconds
    • All tumbling and falling techniques
    • 2 rounds of sparring

    4th Degree

    All Requirements

    Time Requirements: 2-3 years
    Only those 14 years of age and older are eligible for degree rank higher than 2nd

    Curriculum Requirements
    • Combative Hand Sets 1-13
    • White-3rd Degree Open Hand Forms
    • All Color Belt Weapon Forms
    • 1st Degree Nun-Chuk Form
    • 2nd Degree Bo Staff Form
    • 3rd Degree Sword Form
    • 14 Double Tonfa fundamentals / strikes
    • # Double Mid-Stick fundamentals / strikes (# TBD)
    • 20 Inverted Grip Double Knife combinations
    • 30 Open-Hand Sword Defense techniques
      • 10 Horizontal Double Swing
      • 10 Overhead
      • 10 Inside Slash
    • 15 Tonfa Defense techniques
    • # Double Opponent Defense techniques (# TBD)
    • 12 personal Joint Manipulation chains of 4 techniques with take-down and submission

    Physical Requirements
    • 60 seconds each of cardio punching, pushups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees, and plank held until failure
    • 3 personal multidirectional kicking combinations of 7 kicks in less than 7 seconds
    • All tumbling and falling techniques
    • 2 rounds of sparring

    5th Degree

    All Requirements

    Time Requirements: 2-3 years
    Only those 14 years of age and older are eligible for degree rank higher than 2nd

    Curriculum Requirements
    • Combative Hand Sets 1-14
    • White-4th Degree Open Hand Forms
    • All Color Belt Weapon Forms
    • 1st Degree Nun-Chuk Form
    • 2nd Degree Bo Staff Form
    • 3rd Degree Sword Form
    • 4th Degree Tonfa-Knife Form
    • 22 Sword vs. Sword Defense techniques
    • # Triple Opponent Defense techniques (# TBD)
    • more TBA

    Physical Requirements
    • 60 seconds each of cardio punching, pushups, sit-ups, squats, and burpees, and plank held until failure
    • 3 personal multidirectional kicking combinations of 8 kicks in less than 7 seconds
    • All tumbling and falling techniques
    • 2 rounds of sparring