Belt System & Requirements

Little Ninja Belt Requirements

 
(SEE LITTLE NINJA LADDER OF SUCCESS FOR RANKING)
**Note this is used as a basis for instructors and is subject to change.  
LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
ADVANCED  
RED Same requirements as green with more intensity 
  1/2 Basic form 1 and  Techniques:  jumping kick
  Beginner weapons knowledge: bo staff
  Sparring with control against partner
  Self defense:  head grab takedown
   
GREEN Same requirements as purple with more intensity 
  Techniques:  K-stride with high/low block, hook kick
  Self defense:  double arm grab takedown
  Breaking: two board break
   
INTERMEDIATE  
PURPLE Same requirements as blue with more intensity 
  Completes multiple combination of techniques individually 
  Techniques:  knife hand block,  side kick
  Intro to advanced self defense moves and board breaking
  Sparring against instructor/sparring courtesies
   
BLUE Same requirements as orange with more intensity 
  Techniques: K-stride with punches, round kick, multi combinations together and individually
  Self defense:  knowledge of stranger safety and verbal language skills, rear choke hold
  Knee or hammer fist break with 1/2 board
   
BEGINNER  
ORANGE Same requirements as gold with more intensity 
  Techniques:  K-stride and intro to other kicks to challenge skill 
  Self defense: completes lapel grab using verbal language skills to attacker
  Full board break using foot stomp
  Intro to sparring
   
GOLD Same requirements as yellow with more intensity knowing left from right 
  More focused attention/behavior with better control
  Techniques: low and high block , ax kick
  Self defense knowledge:  two hand grab and intro to lapel grab
  Breaking:  complete one yellow/orange plastic board break or 1/2 board break using foot stomp
   
YELLOW Attendance, good listening and attitude, 1-2-3 commands
  Techniques:  center punch ( thumb on outside hitting with knuckles) and front kick (kicking with 
      front kick (kicking with bottom of foot
  Introduction of one hand grab for self defense
  Introduction to board breaking using plastic boards
   

 

 

Youth & Family Program Belt Requirements

 

9th GUP ORANGE BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Situps – 25   Pushups – 10
•Front Kick/Side Kick extensions – 5 seconds

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•Basic Class commands
•Names of basic blocks, punches, kicks
•Counting one through ten

 

TECHNIQUES:

•Three blocks: low, middle, (intro to high) - moving forward and backwards
•Front and side kick – off both legs
•Two kick/punch combinations

 

FORMS (Hyungs):

•Giecho Hyung Il Bu – Form 1
•Giecho Hyung Il Bu Sang Gup – Advanced Form 1

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul):

•One hand//two hand grab/lapel grab intro

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Simple combinations
•Keep hands up, able to move away from opponent

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete one half board break with foot stomp

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Must attend a minimum of one-two karate sessions once a week
•Must attend at least 90% of classes and  arrive on time

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear white uniform to grading
•Need mouthpiece, protective cup

 

 

 

8th GUP BLUE BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Situps – 30   Pushups - 15

Kick extensions – 5-10 seconds

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•Basic Class commands
•Names of basic blocks, punches, kicks
•Counting one through fifteen

 

TECHNIQUES:

•Four basic blocks:  moving forward, backwards, and turning
•Four basic kicks: Front, Round, Side, and Back
•Three kick/punch combinations

 

FORMS (Hyungs):  9th gup requirements plus:

•Giecho Hyung Yi Bu – Form 2
•Giecho Hyung Sam Bu – Form 3

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul):  9th gup requirements plus:

a) Intro to hair grab/Intro to two hand choke from front/behind

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Sparring with control using simple combinations
•Keep hands up and able to move away from opponent

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete one half board break with foot stomp or hammer fist

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Attend a minimum of two consecutive karate sessions once a week
•Attend at least 90% of classes and arrive on time to class

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear white uniform with required patches to grading
•Need mouthpiece and protective cup for sparring

 

 

 

7th GUP BLUE BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements per rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•Class commands/names of basic stances
•Basic blocks, punches, kicks, and hand strikes
•Counting one through twenty

 

TECHNIQUES:

•Side blocks and knife hand blocks:  moving forward, backward, and turning
•Four basic kicks: Front, Round, Side, Back – using both legs
•Four kick/punch combinations – three moves minimum

 

FORMS (Hyungs): 8 gup blue requirements plus:

•Giecho Hyung Yi Bu Sang Gup – Advanced Form 2
•Giecho Hyung Yi Bu Sang Gup – Advanced Form 3

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul):  9th and 8th gup requirements plus:

•Intro to hair grab and basic falls: front, back, side

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Two to Three  techniques combinations

Able to spar forward, backward, sideways moving away from opponent

•Spars with control and keeps hands up

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete two half boards break or one full board break with foot or hand

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Attend a minimum of four karate sessions
•Attend at least 90% of classes and arrive on time to class 

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear white uniform with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading

 

 

 

APPRENTICE GREEN BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements per rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•All Class commands and counting one through thirty
•Names of all blocks, punches, kicks, hand strikes, and stances

 

TECHNIQUES:

•All Basic blocks and kicks
•Four hand techniques - left and right
•At least five kick/punch combinations – four move minimum

 

FORMS (Hyungs):   7th gup blue requirements plus:

•Pyong Ahn Cho Dan – Peace and Confidence Form 1 (formerly Form 4)

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul): 9th and 8th gup requirements plus

• Intro to bear hug

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Use of spinning kicks/multiple kicks off same leg while keeping hands up

Spars with control, respect to size and experience of opponent

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete one full board break with foot/hand (not using stomp or hammer fist)

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Must attend a minimum of six to eight karate sessions once a week (about one full year of karate)
•Attend at least 90% of classes and arrive consistently on time

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful and  helpful to others
•Attainment of Karate patch, knowledge of meaning
•Must wear white uniform with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading

 

 

 

6th GUP GREEN BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirement for rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•All Class commands and counting in Korean numbers one through forty
•Names of all blocks, punches, kicks, hand strikes, and stances

 

TECHNIQUES:

•All Basic blocks and kicks
•Four hand techniques - left and right
•Six kick/punch combinations – four move minimum

 

FORMS (Hyungs):

•Apprentice Green requirements plus:
•Chil Sung Ilru – Seven Stars of the Plow Form 1 (formerly Form 4 ½)
•Intro to Bong Il Bu – Federation Bo Staff Form 1

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul):

All prior self defense with more intensity and refinement 

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Use of spinning and jumping kicks/multiple kicks off same leg
•Block and counter punch under pressure
•Spars with control, respect to size and experience of opponent while keeping hands up

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete multiple board break with foot or hand

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Must attend a minimum of nine to ten karate sessions
•Must attend at least 90% of classes and arrive consistently on time

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear green trim on dobak top with all required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading
•Must mentor/volunteer to teach lower ranks in class/other classes

 

 

 

5th GUP GREEN BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements per rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•All Class commands and counting in Korean through number fifty
•Names of all blocks, punches, kicks, hand strikes, and stances

 

TECHNIQUES:

•All Basic and intermediate blocks and kicks
•Five hand techniques - left and right
•Seven kick/punch combinations – four move minimum

 

FORMS (Hyungs): 6 gup green requirements plus:

•Pyong Ahn Yi Dan – Peace and Confidence Form 2 (formerly Form 5)
•Pyong Ahn Sahm Dan – Peace and Confidence Form 3 (formerly Form 6)
•Learning Bong Il Bu – Federation Bo Staff Form 1

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul): 6 gup green requirements plus:

• Defend against any attack with use of takedown

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Use of spinning and jumping kicks with multiple kicks off same leg
•Block and counter punch under pressure while keeping hands up protecting body
•Controlled sparring with  more intensity, with respect to size/experience of opponent

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Multiple board break with foot and hand techniques (some non stationary)

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Minimum of nine-ten karate sessions (over one year of karate lessons)
•Must attend at least 90% of classes and arrive consistently on time

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear trimmed green on dobak top with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading
•Must mentor/volunteer to teach lower ranks in class or other classes

 

 

 

4th GUP GREEN BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements per rank/age 

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•All Class commands and counting through sixty
•Names of all blocks, punches, kicks, hand strikes, and stances

 

TECHNIQUES:  All Basic blocks and kicks

•Six hand techniques - left and right
•At least an eight kick/punch combinations – four move minimum

 

FORMS (Hyungs): 5th gup green requirements plus:

•Pyong Ahn Sah Dan – Peace and Confidence Form 4 (formerly Form 7)
•Pyong Ahn Oe Dan – Peace and Confidence Form 5 (formerly Form 8)
•Bong Il Bu – Federation Bo Staff Form 1 

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul): 5 gup green requirements plus:

•Roll out of an attack into ready stance(fighting position)

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Use of spinning and jumping kicks with use of multiple kicks off same leg
•Block and counter punch under pressure
•Spars with control, respect to size/ experience of opponen 

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete multiple board break with foot and hand techniques

       (one stationary break and one without use of stands) 

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Must attend a minimum of 12-14 karate sessions once per week
•Must attend at least 90% of classes and arrive consistently on time

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear trimmed green on dobak top with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading
•Mentor/volunteer to teach lower ranks in class or other classes

 

 

 

APPRENTICE RED BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements per rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•Knowledge of advance terminology
•Counting one through seventy

 

TECHNIQUES:  All Basic and advance blocks and kicks

•Multiple hand techniques - left and right
•Multiple kick/punch combinations – four move minimum

 

FORMS (Hyungs):   4th gup green requirements plus:

•Pyong Ahn Oe Dan – Peace and Confidence Form 5 (formerly Form 8)
•Chil Sung Yi Ru – Seven Stars of the Plow Form 2 (formerly form 8 ½)
•Advanced bo staff form

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul): 4 gup green requirements plus:

•Roll out of an attack into ready stance(fighting position)

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun): 

•Can kick above chest level effectively with control with at least two kick combination
•Can effectively use at least one jumping kick combination
•Spars with control, respect to size and experience of opponent while keeping hands up

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•At least two or more multiple board breaks using jumping kick and hand techniques 

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Minimum of 16-20 karate sessions (at least 1 ½ - 2 yrs. Karate instruction)
•Must attend at least 90% of classes and arrive consistently on time

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear trimmed green on dobak top with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading
Must mentor/volunteer to teach lower ranks in class or other classes

 

 

 

3RD GUP RED BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements per rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•Knowledge of advanced terminology
•Counting one through seventy

 

TECHNIQUES:

•All Basic and advance blocks and kicks
•Multiple (>six) hand techniques - left and right
•Multiple (>eight) kick/punch combinations – four move minimum

 

FORMS (Hyungs): apprentice red requirements plus:

•Bassai
•Introduction to different weapons
•Personal creation of kata form with/without weapon of choice

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul):

•Intesify all prior learned techniques and skills

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Must show increased use of kick/punch combinations, with degree of difficulty

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete at least three or more multiple board breaks using jumping kick and hand techniques

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Attend a minimum of 16-20 karate sessions once per week (over 2 years of karate instruction)
•Must attend at least 90% of classes and arrive consistently on time 

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear red trim on dobak top with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading
•Must develop leadership skills by setting good example in class and by teaching basics to under gups for at least five hours

 

 

 

2nd GUP RED BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements according to rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•Knowledge of advance terminology
•Counting one through eighty

 

TECHNIQUES:  3rd gup red requirements plus:

•Shows increased knowledge of blocks/kicks using multiple combination of techniques

 

FORMS (Hyungs):   3rd gup red requirements plus:

•Naihanji Cho Dan (Naihanji I) – Iron Horse Form 1 (alone and with no points)
•Creation of weapons kata or personal kata with/without music

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul): 3rd gup red belt requirements plus:

• Roll into fighting stance from a takedown

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Must show increased use of kick/punch combinations/techniques with degree of difficulty and good use of control with respect to opponent’s rank

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete at least three or more multiple board breaks using jumping kick and hand techniques

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Must arrive consistently on time and attend at least 90% of classes
•Minimum of two – three years of karate commitment

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear red trim on dobak top with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading
•Must develop leadership skills by setting good example in class and by teaching basics to under gups from five to seven hours

 

 

 

1st GUP RED BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements per rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•Knowledge of advanced terminology
•Counting one through ninety

 

TECHNIQUES:

Multiple hand techniques - left and right  (four move minimum)

•Ten kick/punch combinations – five move minimum

 

FORMS (Hyungs):   2nd gup red requirements plus:

•Naihanji Yi Dan (Naihanji II) - Iron Horse Form 2 (alone and with no points)
•Weapon form (music optional)

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul):

•Acquirement of other martial arts defenses, multiple takedowns from holds/grappling

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Increased use of spinning kicks and punches/blocking in combinations
•Spars with control, respect to size/experience of opponent while keeping hands up

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete at least three or more multiple board breaks using jumping kick and hand techniques

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Must attend a minimum of two to three sessions since last grading
•Must attend at least 90% of classes and arrive consistently on time

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear red trim on dobak top with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading
•Must develop leadership skills by setting a good example in class and by teaching basics to under gups for at least eight to ten hours

 

 

 

APPRENTICE BLACK BELT REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•Must meet increased physical fitness requirements per rank/age

 

KOREAN TERMINOLOGY:

•Knowledge of advanced terminology
•Body parts and targets
•Counting one through one hundred
•History of Tang Soo Do

 

TECHNIQUES:

•Must show intensity with all techniques using multiple combinations hitting to precise target areas

 

FORMS (Hyungs):  1st gup red requirements plus:

•Naihanji Sam Dan (Naihanji III) – Iron Horse Form (alone and with no points)
• Comprised unique weapons form of your own (Music optional)

 

SELF DEFENSE (Ho Sin Sul):  1st gup red belt requirements plus:

•Knowledge of usage of moves in multiple scenarios

 

SPARRING (Dae Ryun):

•Must show increased use of kick/punch combinations/techniques with degree of difficulty

 

BREAKING (Kyuck Pa):

•Complete at least four or more multiple board breaks using jumping kick/hand techniques or other creative breaking combination

 

ATTENDANCE:

•Must attend at least 90% of classes and arrive consistently on time
•Karate commitment of at least three – four years attending once per week

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

•Good attitude, respectful/helpful to others
•Must wear black trim on dobak top with required patches to grading
•Show marked improvement since last grading
•Must develop leadership skills by setting a good example in class and by teaching basics to under gups for at least fifteen hours

 

 

 

Ee Dan (2nd Dan) Black Belt Requirements:

Time commitment:

•Minimum of two years as Cho Dan Black belt

Hyungs (Forms):

•Jin Te (Jin Do)
•Sip Soo
•Ro Hi
•Form invented by the student (music optional)

Weapons hyung:

•Invent your own form with weapon of choice (music optional)

Self-Defense (Ho Sin Sul):

•All advanced techniques/takedowns as outlined in student manual with more intensity.

Sparring/Breaking:

•Advanced sparring combinations involving spinning kicks
•Breaking involving more free held breaks with intensity and creativity.

Instruction:

•Assist with instruction of students, mentor green/red belts

Essay/Written Exam:  To be determined by Master Belt Panel

•Student will be informed of topic of essay prior to testing
•Korean terminology will be tested, instructor will provide any additional information prior to testing

 

 ****These requirements are used as a basis for determining rank and are subject to change/are at the discretion of your instructor.