THE BLACK BELT TEST
Requirements and Examination
for the Black Belt Tests

REQUIREMENTS FOR 1st DEGREE BLACK BELT:

ATTENDANCE:
Minimal 1 year of good attendance on a regular basis as a high brown belt.
(good attendance means student averages coming to class 2x per week).

2 years of good attendance for a 1st degree testing for 2nd degree.
3 years good attendance for 3rd degree black belt.

4 years good attendance for 4th degree black belt.

5 years good attendance for 5th degree black belt.

ESSAY:
The examination will begin with a verbal speech
on what martial arts means to you.
The only requirement is that the words come from your heart.
You will have no printed aid in front of you while giving your speech.
Before the examination begins,
submit to Sensei a typed essay on this speech.

KNOWLEDGE:
Be aware of all information from the Student Handbook,
including the knowledge and terminology, academy guidelines,
procedures, and rules, and any basic knowledge
of the martial arts covered in class.

RUNNING 1 MILE:
Incorporated in 2003, all students must run 1 mile
(or equivalent, if bad knees) before their exam.
This will be done on the honor system,
meaning I'll take your word that you have done this.

ENDURANCE:
Be prepared to do up to:

Students Testing in their 20's
100 Jumping Jacks

100 Sit Ups / Crunches

100 Push Ups (75 push ups for females)

100 Kicks with one leg on a target

Students Testing in their 30's
100 Jumping Jacks

75 Sit Ups / Crunches

75 Push Ups (50 push ups for females)

75 Kicks with one leg on a target

Students Testing in their 40's
100 Jumping Jacks

50 Sit Ups / Crunches

50 Push Ups (30 push ups for females)

50 Kicks with one leg on a target

Students Testing in their 50's
75 Jumping Jacks

30 Sit Ups / Crunches

30 Push Ups (20 push ups for females)

30 Kicks with one leg on a target

BASICS:
Know all stances, blocks, and strikes.
This is not only a test of the basics,
but also a further test of stamina and endurance.

KATAS:
Know and be prepared to demonstrate all nine academy katas
along with your own invented kata.
You should have prepared, in typed form,
a brief scenario of your kata's setting along with a listing of all strikes used.

.1. NEW AGE KATA (white-brown belt)
.2. Taikyoku (white belt)
.3. Taegeuk EE Jang (yellow belt)
.4. Taegeuk OH Jang (orange belt)
.5. Heian 2 (green belt)
.6. Heian 4 (blue belt)
.7. Taegeuk YUK Jang (purple belt)
.8. Taegeuk CHIL Jang (brown belt)
.9. Taegeuk PAL Jang (high brown belt)
10.
YOUR OWN INVENTED KATA

1st degree testing for 2nd degree
must perform black belt NEW AGE KATA
and Koreo

Tai Chi form for 3rd

You must submit to Sensei a typed scenario
of your invented kata along with the moves.
Know the environment well.

SELF-DEFENSE:

All 15 self-defense moves from white-blue belt
3 invented self-defense moves from purple belt
Spontaneous self-defense (brown belt level)

Timing, focus, technique, and power are critical.

SPARRING:
Be prepared to spar the entire academy, up to 4 opponents at a time,
employing full contact (respecting opponent's size).
Apply proper technique, timing, control, breathing,
combinations, footwork, power, and strategy.

WEAPONS:
Know the strikes (including ready positions and blocks),
self-defense, and kata of all 5 weapons (bo, jo, tonfa, sai, nunchaku).
Also know advanced Bo kata.

1st degree testing for 2nd degree must spar an opponent with padded weapons.

Sparring with multiple attackers (padded weapons) for 3rd degree.

BREAKING:
Be able to use any strikes we've used in class to brea boards:

Straight Punch
Palm Heel
Hammer Fist
Shuto Strike
Ridge Hand
Hook Punch
Uppercut
Front Kick
Round Kick
Side Kick
Hop Side Kick
Jumping Front Snap Kick
Spin Side
Hook Kick
Spinning Hook
Flying Side
Tornado Kick

You may also be asked to use these strikes in combination to break multiple boards.

Be prepared to break one 1-inch cinder block using any hand technique.
(2 cinder blocks for 2nd degree)

DISCIPLINE:
Your true self-discipline will be tested by sitting in one position of your choosing
(as long as your back is kept straight) for a period of up to one hour.
Meditation is strongly encouraged to help you with this.
This is a test of physical and mental discipline.

This will now be done on the honor system.
Have this done before your exam begins.

SUSHI OR KIMCHEE:
One last requirement . . .
In order to get your black belt in this academy,
you must eat sushi or kimchee with Sensei!
If you survive this ritual,
you most likely have earned your black belt.

 

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REQUIREMENTS FOR 2nd DEGREE BLACK BELT:
(A 1st degree testing for 2nd)

.....ATTENDANCE:
.....Must have minimal 2 years of good attendance.

.....TEACHING:
.....1 year teaching as a 1st degree black belt.

.....LIFE'S LESSON:
.....Must have significantly changed someone's life through the martial arts.


REQUIREMENTS FOR 3rd DEGREE BLACK BELT:
(A 2nd degree testing for 3rd)

.....ATTENDANCE:
.....Must have minimal 3 years of good attendance.

.....TEACHING:
.....2 years teaching as a 2nd degree black belt.

.....TAI CHI:
.....Must incorporate Tai Chi in your training by learning the tai chi form.

.....LIFE'S LESSON:
.....You must write a book on the martial arts.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR 4th DEGREE BLACK BELT:
(A 3rd degree testing for 4th)

.....ATTENDANCE:
.....Must have minimal 4 years of good attendance.

.....TEACHING:
.....3 years teaching as a 3rd degree black belt.

.....TAI CHI:
.....Must incorporate Tai Chi in your training by learning push hands.

.....LIFE'S LESSON:
.....Must have passed on your martial art knowledge to at least 50 people.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR 5th DEGREE BLACK BELT:
(A 4th degree testing for 5th)

.....ATTENDANCE:
.....Must have minimal 5 years of good attendance.

.....TEACHING:
.....4 years teaching as a 4th degree black belt.

.....TAI CHI:
.....Must incorporate Tai Chi in your training by learning tai chi sword.

.....LIFE'S LESSON:
.....You must know in your heart that you are a master of the martial arts.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR 6th DEGREE BLACK BELT:

.....INVOLVEMENT:
.....Must have minimal 6 years of either teaching or training.

.....TAI CHI:
.....Must incorporate Tai Chi in your daily life.

.....LIFE'S LESSON:
.....Must live the martial way.

.....RECOGNITION:
.....Must be known in your city or county.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR 7th DEGREE BLACK BELT:

.....INVOLVEMENT:
.....Must have minimal 7 years of either teaching or training.

.....LIFE'S LESSON:
.....Must live the martial way.

.....RECOGNITION:
.....Must be known in your state.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR 8th DEGREE BLACK BELT:

.....INVOLVEMENT:
.....Must have minimal 8 years of either teaching or training.

.....LIFE'S LESSON:
.....Must live the martial way.

.....RECOGNITION:
.....Must be known in your country.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR 9th DEGREE BLACK BELT:

.....INVOLVEMENT:
.....Must have minimal 9 years of either teaching or training.

.....LIFE'S LESSON:
.....Must live the martial way.

.....RECOGNITION:
.....Must be world-known.

NOTE: Sensei does not seek recognition so will not accept any rank higher than 5th.

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TESTING FEES:
TESTING FEE: $50 for 1st Degree Black Belt Test
TESTING FEE: $80 for 2nd Degree Black Belt Test - includes belt with your name
TESTING FEE: $50 for 3rd Degree Black Belt Test
(unless new belt) -may be last physical exam
TESTING FEE: No charge for 4th Degree Black Belt or higher. (if no physical exam)

INCOMING BLACK BELTS:
Students who earned a black belt at another school
and wish to train at Red Sun have one year
to learn all the katas and self-defense moves.
Until they do, they will wear white belt with black stripe
until they certify their rank by taking a Red Sun black belt test.
They will line up with our black belts and will be of black belt status,
but they will line up behind our certified black belts,
regardless of dan rank. After they certify,
they wear a solid black belt.