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Rank Testing Criteria

 

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NO TEST FEES OR BELT FEES

Here at White Tiger Kenpo there is no central testing, the student will test when the student is ready to test, not when there is a schedule test for the school. Depending on the rank the student my be required to test before the board of White Tiger Kenpo.

Students at all times will know where they are at in regards to there belt and what is required of them to test. the test is more of a formality if the instructor does not think you are ready to test they test would not be set up.

The awarding of rank is an honor of personal achievement when you have completed the rank requirements. Concentrating on rank and advancement can impede a student's progress which creates a diminished focus of their training objective. Should your primary reason to study Kenpo at our Dojo is to achieve rank or rapid advancement, your training will become severely hindered. If desire and genuine sincerity are lacking within you, it may be wise to reconsider your motivation and pursue your objective elsewhere.

to view a list of our rank requirements for each belt see rank requirements

Testing Criteria for each Rank

Yellow – Green plus 2nd and 1st Brown are closed test or private test which mean the test is done in their private lesson, 3rd Brown and Black Belt are open test and all students and guest are invited to watch. The test can take from 1 - 2 hours depending on the student.

Once the student is ready to test Yellow – Green Belt, the instructor will use one of their private lessons to test the student on the requirements for the rank they are testing for. If they finish early go ahead and go over the mistakes and start them on their new technique.

3rd Brown student must demonstrate all the self defense techniques and kata required for Yellow – 3rd Brown, plus blocks, kicks, punches, falls and rolls. The student is also required to demonstrate 10 techniques of their choice and 10 techniques of the instructor’s choice. The student must also have demonstrated the ability to use a lunge punch as well as at a minimum keep someone off them for at least 2 minutes in a sparring or shark bait situation. Open test

2nd and 1st brown same procedure as yellow – Green

Black Belt: Student will demonstrate all requirements from Yellow – Black, must have demonstrated to the instructor the ability to defend themselves in a sparring as well as a shark bait situation. This does not have to be done during the test if the instructor has seen their ability during group classes.

Individual Rank Requirements

Yellow Belt: working knowledge of all 20 self defense techniques as well as the blocks kicks and punches. To pass have a basic understanding of Yellow belt the student should be able to demonstrate each tech in the air and be able to demonstrate most of the techniques on someone (does not have to be fast).

Orange Belt: working knowledge of all 30 self defense techniques plus 1 kata. The techniques should be done at full speed. We are looking for full speed on the techniques and the ability to use at least ½ of the techniques.

Purple Belt: working knowledge of all 30 self defense techniques plus 2 kata. The techniques should be done at full speed. We are looking for full speed on the techniques and the ability to use at least 3/4 of the techniques.

Blue Belt: working knowledge of all 30 self defense techniques plus Short 1. The techniques should be done at full speed. We are looking for full speed on the techniques and the ability to demonstrate all the techniques. This belt is all about hand form. The student should not only be able to do all the self techniques but have proper hand form. All techniques must be done full speed and power in the air. The student must be able to show the ability to use the lunge punch as well as understand the basic sparring concept. A video pretest must be submitted prior to the student schedule final test. Once Shihan Jim or LeAnn, once approve the student can take final test.

Green Belt: working knowledge of all 30 self defense techniques plus 2 kata. The techniques should be done at full speed. We are looking for full speed on the techniques and the ability to demonstrate all the techniques. This belt is all about hand form and learning to flow. The student should not only be able to do all the self techniques but have proper hand form. All Techniques should be done full speed and power in the air. The student must be able to show the ability to use the lunge punch as well as understand the basic sparring concept and start showing the ability to use Kenpo in a sparring or free style manner. A video pretest must be submitted prior to the student schedule final test. Once Shihan Jim or LeAnn, once approve the student can take final test.

3rd Brown Belt: working knowledge of all 30 self defense techniques plus 2 kata. The techniques should be done at full speed. We are looking for full speed on the techniques and the ability to demonstrate all the techniques. This belt is all about hand form and learning to flow. The student should not only be able to do all the self techniques but have proper hand form. The student must be able to show the ability to use the lunge punch as well as understand the basic sparring concept and start showing the ability to use Kenpo in a sparring or free style manner. The student at a minimum must have the ability to control their opponent and keep them off of them in a sparring or shark bait situation for at least 2 minutes. Student will be tested from Yellow belt to 3rd brown on all techniques, kata and basics. Shihan Jim and/or LeAnn must be present for this test for White Tiger Kenpo Certification.

2nd Brown Belt: working knowledge of all 30 self defense techniques plus 2 kata. The techniques should be done at full speed. We are looking for full speed on the techniques and the ability to demonstrate all the techniques. This belt is all about hand form and learning to flow. The student should not only be able to do all the self techniques but have proper hand form. The student must be able to show the ability to use the lunge punch as well as understand the basic sparring concept and start showing the ability to use Kenpo in a sparring or free style manner. The student at a minimum must have the ability to control their opponent and keep them off of them in a sparring or shark bait situation for at least 2 minutes.

1st Brown Belt: working knowledge of all 30 self defense techniques plus 1 kata. The techniques should be done at full speed. We are looking for full speed on the techniques and the ability to demonstrate all the techniques. This belt is all about hand form and learning to flow. The student should not only be able to do all the self techniques but have proper hand form. The student must be able to show the ability to use the lunge punch as well as understand the basic sparring concept and start showing the ability to use Kenpo in a sparring or free style manner. The student at a minimum must have the ability to control their opponent and keep them off of them in a sparring or shark bait situation for at least 2 minutes.

Black Belt: working knowledge of all 30 self defense techniques. The techniques should be done at full speed. We are looking for full speed on the techniques and the ability to demonstrate all the techniques. This belt is all about hand form and learning to flow. The student should not only be able to do all the self techniques but have proper hand form. The student must be able to show the ability to use the lunge punch as well as understand the sparring concept and the ability to use Kenpo in a sparring or free style manner. The student at a minimum must have the ability to control their opponent and keep them off of them in a sparring or shark bait situation for at least 2 minutes, at full Speed and in a multiple attack situations. Shihan Jim and/or LeAnn must be present for this test for White Tiger Kenpo Certification.

2nd Black Belt: 2 Year wait between 1 st and 2nd, be able to demonstrate all 30 techniques full speed and power on a opponent. Student must be proficient at all lower belt techniques and have the ability to freestyle with Kenpo. Shihan Jim and/or LeAnn must be present for this test for White Tiger Kenpo Certification.

3rd Black Belt: 3 Year wait between 2nd and 3rd, be able to demonstrate all 30 self defense techniques full speed and power on a opponent. The 1 st 15 knife techniques the student must take the basic movement then follow it up with their own knife technique. Student must be proficient at all lower belt techniques and have the ability to freestyle with Kenpo. Shihan Jim and/or LeAnn must be present for this test for White Tiger Kenpo Certification.

4th Black Belt: 4 year wait between 3rd and 4th. Student must come up with their own belt made up of 30 self defense techniques and 1 kata of at least 20 techniques. Student must be proficient at all lower belt techniques and have the ability to freestyle with Kenpo techniques. Shihan Jim and/or LeAnn must be present for this test for White Tiger Kenpo Certification.

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