Belt Promotion Guidelines

The requirements listed below are minimums.
Please keep in mind that the instructor of the class may require more than what is posted.




White
Student starts at white belt rank

White - Black Stripe
Student must attend a total of 5 classes from the time they start karate
Techniques: horse stance, fighting stance, cat stance, up block, jab, cross, front-leg snap kick, back-leg snap kick

Orange
Student must attend 10+ total hours of class
Techniques: front stance, lunge stance, down block, front-leg side kick (plus all techniques from past test)
***Student must have a black Kaizen Karate t-shirt w/logo on the back prior to the belt exam in order to test for this belt rank***

Yellow
Student must attend 20+ additional hours of class after receiving orange belt
Techniques:  ridge hand, rap, hammerfist, back-leg side kick (plus all techniques from past tests)
Sparring: student should get a full set of sparring equipment

***Student must have a black Kaizen Karate uniform w/logo on the back prior to the belt exam in order to test for this belt rank***

Green
Student must attend 30+ additional hours of class after receiving yellow belt
Techniques: inside-out block, lateral block, elbow strike, forearm strike, front-leg round kick, back-leg round kick (plus all techniques from past tests)
Sparring: student should have control of fight when sparring under belts. Student should be able to compete with peers of similar belt level. Student must be able to place techniques and “search” for openings in guard

***Student must have a full set of sparring gear prior to the belt exam in order to test for this belt rank***

Purple
Student must attend 40+ additional hours of class after receiving green belt
Techniques: hook, upper cut, spin rap, hook kick, spin hook kick, back kick (plus all techniques from past tests)
Sparring: student must be able to effectively incorporate hands and feet into their fight. Student must demonstrate strong defensive and offensive skills during their fight.
Master Form: Student must be able to perform moves 1-6 without stopping.  Student will also be graded on direction, order, targets, & stances for each move individually.
***Student must be able to tie belt correctly by this rank.  Belt must be worn at all karate activities & must be worn with uniform and / or Kaizen Karate t-shirt and pants.
***Students need to start training at weekend / evening classes by this level OR an intermediate level class***

Blue
Student must attend 50+ additional hours of class after receiving purple belt
Techniques: reverse stance, crescent kick, moon kick, axe kick, double front leg round kick, all purpose block (both stances), able to use *all* techniques in sparring drills (plus all techniques from past tests)
Sparring: student must have tight guard during their fight. Student must have the ability to have total control of fight when sparring students green belt and below. Student must be able to demonstrate excellent control when sparring all levels.

Master Form: Student must be able to perform moves 1-13 without stopping.  Student will also be graded on direction, order, targets, & stances for each move individually.

Brown
Student must attend 60+ additional hours of class after receiving blue belt
Techniques: able to effectively and efficiently use all techniques in drills and sparring
Sparring: excellent sparring skills
Master Form: Student must be able to perform moves 1-21
without stopping.  Student will also be graded on direction, order, targets, & stances for each move individually.
JuJitsu: single hand wrist grabs, double hand wrist grabs, front choke, shirt grab

Brown - Black Stripe
Student must attend 70+ additional hours of class after receiving brown belt
Teaching: student has taught/assisted for a minimum 12-month period in class and can effectively transfer knowledge to other students of lower rank
Master Form: Student must be able to perform moves 1-30 without stopping.  Student will also be graded on direction, order, targets, & stances for each move individually.
JuJitsu: front hair grab, side choke, shirt grab, belt grab, rear choke

Red
Student must attend 80+ additional hours of class after receiving brown belt w/stripe
Sparring: student has the ability to score "at will" during fights when fighting students of same belt level or below.
Teaching: Student has a minimum 24 months total experience teaching/assisting in class. Student has gained respect of others in class as an effective fighter and teacher
Master Form: Student must be able to perform moves 1-40
without stopping.  Student will also be graded on direction, order, targets, & stances for each move individually.
JuJitsu: rear hair grab, head lock, full nelson, rear bear hug

Red - Black Stripe
Student must attend 90+ additional hours of class after receiving red belt
Sparring: student has ability to score at will and control any fight when sparring students of equal or lower rank. Student has fought with master instructor or other black belts and demonstrates excellent control and mastery of all techniques.
Teaching: Student has a minimum 36 months total experience teaching/assisting in class. Student has gained respect of others in class as an effective fighter and teacher
Master Form: Student must be able to perform moves 1-55
without stopping.  Student will also be graded on direction, order, targets, & stances for each move individually.  Student has strong understanding of principles and concepts of all 55 movements in kata & can perform all moves "on the body" efficiently.

Black
Complete Mastery of ALL material
*Student has demonstrated that they have complete control over themselves physically & emotionally.
*Student has developed himself or herself to be the best they can be given all factors*