***Students testing for green, purple, blue, brown, or red belt MUST register & pay online PRIOR to submitting your video test***
Part 1: How to create and submit your video
What to record
Detailed instructions on what to demonstrate in your pre-test video are included in the second part of this document and in the step-by-step video scripts for each belt at the end of this document. There will be 2 sections in your video if you are testing for Green Belt, 3 sections in your video if you are testing for Purple Belt or Blue Belt, and 4 sections if you are testing for Brown Belt or higher, as follows:
1. Tang Soo Do Techniques (Testing for Green and higher)
2. Sparring with a partner - 2 matches, 30 seconds each (Testing for Green and higher)
*We suggest to record this part of the test during class time at one of our weekend classes*
3. Kenpo Master Form (Testing for Purple and higher)
4. Jujitsu Escapes (Testing for Brown and higher)
It is very helpful if a parent or friend reads the required elements in the script with good pacing so that the student can focus on demonstrating the required elements without having to stop and check what is on the list.
Where to record
Choose a location that gives you enough room to perform all of your techniques without bumping into nearby objects. Ideally, the location will be quiet, and have a uniform, uncluttered background so that there aren’t any distracting sounds or visual elements in your video. Good locations might include a basement room, spare bedroom, garage, school gym or cafeteria. If you don’t have access to a good location at the moment, don’t worry, just make sure that we can clearly see your techniques, and hear the snap of your gi.
How to record the video
The purpose of the video is to allow the instructors to see your techniques. If you appear very far away in the video it will be difficult for your instructor to evaluate. Similarly, if you are too close to the camera some of your techniques might take place outside of the video frame. Place the video camera at head height, and a distance so that you are centered in the frame with some space between your body and the top and bottom of the video frame as pictured below. This will give you room to fully extend your kicks, punches and blocks while remaining on the screen.
If you are recording with your cell phone, please remember to turn your phone sideways so that the video is captured in the correct orientation. Also, using a tripod (or placing the camera on a still surface) will reduce motion and shaking, and make the video much easier to review.
How to submit your video
ALL videos must be submitted by posting the video file to a private location on the internet, and then sending directly to Coach V at firstname.lastname@example.org. If needed, include any access information in your email. NO videos will be accepted as large attachments on emails. NO EXCEPTIONS. Some examples how to submit a video include the following:
What to expect after you send in your video
Reviewing and grading submitted videos is a very time consuming task. We are happy to review your current progress, and we try to reply to you as quickly as possible. In general, feedback is returned to students within 1-2 weeks, but in times of high demand it may take longer than this. We thank you for your understanding during these times.
The feedback returned to you will indicate 1 of 2 results:
1) You have areas to improve before you can be approved to test for your next belt. Each of the areas will be addressed in the email response so that you are clear on what we are looking for in terms of your performance.
2) You are approved to test for your next belt! Detailed feedback on how to take your karate to the next level is still included so that you have direction as you continue the journey to mastery!
Part 2: Content required for each belt
Section 1: Tang Soo Do - Techniques (required if testing for Green Belt or higher)
All Tang Soo Do techniques should be performed facing the camera, just like you would when performing during a belt exam. Each technique will be performed 3 times, with a parent or friend giving the counts in Korean (see each script for details):
There are 3 exceptions to the statements above
1) Stances are only performed 1 time and held for a 3-count
2) You only need to tie your belt 1 time, and you should put your hands up and rotate around after 30 seconds so that the camera can see the entirety of your belt.
3) The back kick technique should be performed standing sideways to the camera so that we can better see the height and extension of your kick.
Record all of the techniques that are listed in the relevant testing script. Students testing for Green Belt will record 23 techniques. Students testing for Purple Belt will record 30 techniques. Students testing for Blue Belt, Brown Belt, Brown w/Stripe, Red Belt , & Red w/Stripe will record 37 techniques. When you are done recording Tang Soo Do techniques, you may pause the recording and take a break before moving on to Master Form.
Section 2: Sparring with a partner (required if testing for Green Belt or higher)
This section of the test must be filmed during regular class time at one of our weekend or evening class locations under the supervision of a black belt instructor. The student who is testing MUST complete 2 matches that are 30 seconds each with two different sparring partners of equal or higher belt rank. The goal of each match is to score as much as possible without getting hit. We are looking at the students offensive & defensive skills.
Section 3: Kenpo - Master Form (required if testing for Purple Belt or higher)
The Master Form will be performed in 2 parts: Continuous moves & Individual moves.
For the Continuous moves, all required Master Form moves will be performed without stopping 1 time, utilizing the correct transitions from one move to another. The student will make a formal presentation, salute and begin the Master Form facing the camera, but the student will face in other directions during this portion of the test. This gives the instructor the opportunity to evaluate the student’s ability to correctly execute the Direction and Order of the Master Form.
The formal presentation reads as follows: “Judges, my name is <STUDENT’s NAME>, and with your permission I will be performing Master Form. May I please begin.”
For the Individual moves, only the newly required Master Form moves should be performed with the student facing the camera. For example, if testing for Red Belt, you would only perform individual moves for moves 31-40. No matter what direction the student ends up in at the end of the previous move, the student should reset their body so that they are facing the camera again before executing another move. This gives the instructor the opportunity to evaluate the student’s ability to correctly execute the Targets and Stances of the Master Form. Each move will be performed 2 times, with a parent or friend giving the name of the move and the following commands in English:
When you are done recording Master form, you may pause the recording and take a break before moving on to Jujitsu (if required).
Section 4: Jujitsu Escapes (required if testing for Brown Belt or higher)
All Jujitsu Escapes should be performed facing sideways to the camera, just like you would when performing during a belt exam. Each hold will be performed 3 times, with a friend or classmate (NOT a family member) acting as the “attacker”. The student will demonstrate 3 different Jujitsu Escapes for each hold (when applicable).