Maryland Belt Exams
Woodlin Elementary School
*All Purpose Room*
2101 Luzerne Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
*Times may change based on total number of students testing. Final start times will be emailed out 2-3 days prior to the event for any students who have registered.
Please note, students MUST retake the pre-test and get approval from their instructor in order to attend any make-up belt exam. Students can forget material between the belt exam and the make-up belt exam so this is a mandatory step. No exceptions. Click here for minimum requirements to test for new belt rank.
RULES TO FOLLOW
(testing for green belt & higher)
1. Students testing for green belt or higher MUST register & pay for the belt test *prior* to submitting their video test.
2. Even if your regular instructor gives "permission" to test during class time, this simply means you are now allowed to submit your video test which is required for students testing for green belt & higher. Final approval MUST be received in writing via email from the video grader OR Coach V before a student can attend a belt exam for green belt or higher.
3. Students testing for green belt or higher MUST send in a video test to Coach V via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval at least 5 weeks *prior* to the belt test (click here for the video testing instructions & how to submit your test).
4. Video tests will not be graded and test results will not be returned until students are registered & paid online for the belt test.
5. If testing for green belt or higher, after submitting your video test you must wait for written approval that you have "passed" the test via email BEFORE attending the belt exam.
6. If the student passes the video test, they are permitted to test at the belt exam for their next belt.
7. If the student fails the video pre-test, they they are *not* allowed to test at the belt exam and must wait a minimum of 30 days before submitting a new video pre-test for review. Please note, there is no additional testing for to re-submit a video test if a student fails the video pre-test. The video-re-test must include all elements of the test, not just the moves that were incorrect.
Questions? Please contact our office
Make Up Dates - Please note, students MUST retake the pre-test and get approval from their instructor in order to attend any make-up belt exam. Students can forget material between the belt exam and the make-up belt exam so this is a mandatory step. No exceptions. Click here for requirements.
***Make up dates below are tentative and can change.
***Make sure to check back on this same page periodically in case of any changes in schedules.
August 16th, 2019 - Summer Camp (MUST be a camper on this week to test)
Deadline to submit video pre-test is July 12th
October 5th, 2019 - Silver Spring, MD
Deadline to submit video pre-test is August 31st
December 7th, 2019 - Silver Spring, MD
Deadline to submit video pre-test is November 2nd
February 8th, 2020 - Silver Spring, MD
Deadline to submit video pre-test is January 4th
April 18th, 2020 - Silver Spring, MD
Deadline to submit video pre-test is March 14th
June 13th, 2020 - Silver Spring, MD
Deadline to submit video pre-test is May 9th
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the minimum requirements to test?
Click here for a full list of minimum requirements for each belt rank.
How often do belt exams take place?
Belt exams take place every 2 months. It is ok if you miss a belt exam! No one tests at every single exam. The higher you move up in rank the longer it will take between belt tests.
How do I know if I am ready to test?
The instructor of the class will pre-test each student during regular class time prior to the belt exam.
Testing for Orange & Yellow Belt - Students who are ready to test will be invited by the instructor to attend the belt exam after receiving at least an 80% or higher on their pre-test during regular class time. Students will receive a paper invitation sheet with all details. Any students who are invited and wish to test must then register online for the exam.
Testing for Green Belt & Higher - Students who are ready to test will be asked by their instructor to submit a video pre-test to Coach V via email at email@example.com. Click here for video testing scripts. Once approved via email from Coach V, the student can then register for the belt exam but not before this time. If a student does not pass the pre-test, they will be asked to re-submit the pre-test after fixing all issues with their regular instructor.
The belt exam is an *invite only* event. Instructors will tell the students when to test. Students do *not* tell the instructors when they are testing.
What if I can not make the belt exam?
Since belt exams only take place every 2 months we strongly encourage students who are invited to test to attend their exam. If you are not able to make your test please email our office for make-up options. Please note, students MUST retake the pre-test and get approval again from their instructor in order to attend the make-up belt exam. Students can forget material between the belt exam and the make-up belt exam so this is a mandatory step. No exceptions. The make-up belt exam is a pass / fail test so it is strongly advised to have regular practice with your instructor prior to showing up for the test.
What should I do if I want to test but my instructor says that I am not ready yet?
Students are always welcome to take additional classes such as our weekend and evening classes. Private lessons are also available and serve as a great way to prepare for belt testing. For more information email our office.
What should I bring to the test?
Testing for Orange Belt - need a black Kaizen Karate t-shirt prior to testing for this belt
Testing for Yellow Belt - must have a black Kaizen Karate uniform prior to testing for this belt
Testing for Green Belt - must have a full set of sparring gear 3-4 months prior to testing for this belt (head guard, hand guards, mouth guard, foot guards, & protective cup - boys only).
Click here to purchase a t-shirt, uniform, or sparring gear. Please note, orders usually take 2-3 business days to arrive. Uniforms from outside schools are *not* permitted. Make sure your uniform is clean and your belt is tied correctly. Family & friends are welcome to attend and support the student who is testing.
***No white colored uniforms are permitted at any time***
Do I need sparring gear for the belt exam?
Purchasing sparring gear 1-2 weeks prior to the belt exam is not a good idea. Students need at least 3-4 months experience using the sparring gear during regular class time prior to taking a belt exam. Sparring gear can be purchased through our website - please make sure to check the sizing chart before purchasing & order gear by measuring from the base of the heel to the tip of the big toe and then compare this to the sizing chart.
*Testing for orange & yellow belts - no guards required
*Testing for green, purple, blue, brown, & red belts - MUST bring sparring gear - (not permitted to test without sparring gear)
What should I expect at the belt exam?
The belt exam is a pass / fail event. If a student fails the test (below 80%) they are welcome to re-take the test at the following belt exam in 2 months. Students can not take the test twice at the same belt exam and students can not earn a belt during regular class time. All belts must be earned at the belt exam.
Most belt tests will last around 60 minutes including the ceremony at the end when students receive certificates & belts. Advanced level students should expect a 90 minute belt test. All students who are yellow belt and above should bring a full set of sparring gear to the exam in order to test. Parents are allowed to take pictures and video during this special event.
We will do our best to run on time, however, please keep in mind this is a special event and there is a chance we may run past the scheduled times. Please be patient and allow for extra time on belt testing days.