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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Yellow Belt Training Guide


Yellow Belt: Shichi-kyu


Observation
Stances: cat
Blocks: inside knifehand, outside knifehand, high (upper) knifehand, low knifehand; 8-point knifehand (see blocking systems)
Strikes: backfist/backhand, low palm strike, downward knifehand, back punch
Kicks: lead leg front kick
Techniques: weight distribution, balance & center of gravity, counter attack


Defense Training: Technique #1 for each animal; 1 single wrist grab


Sparring: 2-step set A

  • Punch/ outside block, punch 
  • Punch/ inside block, punch 
  • Punch/ upper block, punch 
  • Punch/ lower block, punch

1st Degree
Blocks: side knifehand, low side knifehand, upward crane
Strikes: side elbow strike, side back punch, front knifehand strike, hand sweep
Kicks: stomp
Techniques: box step


Defense Training: 1 back choke; Kempo combination #5 (see combinations section)


Sparring: 2-step set B
  • Front kick/ lower block, lunge punch 
  • Side kick/ lower block, lunge palm 
  • Back kick/ lower block, lunge inside knife
Form: Kata Roku-kyu, segment 1 (see forms section)


2nd Degree
Blocks: brace
Strikes: inside knifehand, outside knifehand, upward elbow, upward crane
Techniques: shuffle forward & backward


Defense Training: 1 lapel grab; Kempo combination #2 (see combinations section)


Sparring: 2-step set C
  • Punch/ outside block, front kick 
  • Punch/ inside block, side kick 
  • Punch/ upper block, front kick 
  • Punch/ lower block, side kick
Form: Kata Roku-kyu, segment 2 (see forms section)


3rd Degree
Strikes: side backfist, hook punch
Techniques: kicking low to mid height, side shuffle


Defense Training: 1 double wrist grab


Form: Kata Roku-kyu, segment 3 (see forms section)

What's on the test:
  • Must show respect to instructors and peers
  • Basics- cat stance, upward crane block, knifehand blocks (inside, outside, upper, lower, side, lower side), backfist/backhand, back punch, side back punch, lower palm strike, upward elbow strike, side elbow strike, knifehand strikes (downward, inside, outside, front), upward crane strike, hook punch, hand sweep, lead leg front kick, stomp kick
  • Techniques- balance, weight distribution, kicking low to mid height, shuffle (forward, back, side)
  • Blocking systems- 8-point, 8-point knifehand
  • Defense- 1 single wrist grab, 1 back choke, 1 lapel grab; combinations
    2 & 5
  • Sparring- 2-step set A, B, C
  • Form- Kata Roku-kyu (orange belt form)

Minimum time in rank: 3 months

Sunday, June 17, 2012

White Belt Training Guide

White Belt: Hachi-kyu

Observation
Stances: horse (level 1), bow
Blocks: outside, inside, high (upper), low
Strikes: punch, palm strike, knee strike
Kicks: front snap
Techniques: front position, ready position, chambering, shifting stances

Terms:
  • Dojo- Karate school or place of training
  • Sensei- Karate teacher/instructor
  • Rank- Belt level

    Defense Training: Learn the 5 Kempo animals (tiger, snake, leopard, crane, dragon), 1 front choke


    1st Degree
    Stances: fighting
    Blocks: side, low side; 8-point (see blocking systems)
    Kicks: back
    Techniques: pivot
    Terms:

    • Sempai- Senior student/teacher's helper
    • Kiai- Spirit shout to focus energy

      Defense Training: Block strikes moving forward & backward, Kempo combination #6 (see combinations section)

      Sparring: 1-step set A
      • Punch/ outside block 
      • Punch/ inside block 
      • Punch/ high block 
      • Punch/ low block 
      Form: Kata Shichi-kyu, segment 1 (see forms section)

      2nd Degree
      Stances: back
      Strikes: uppercut, back elbow
      Kicks: side thrust
      Techniques: breathing
      Terms:

      • Kyu- Under black belt rank
      • Novice- Beginner student; white, yellow, orange belts
      • Dan- Black belt rank

        Defense Training: 1 double wrist grab, Kempo combination #7 (see combinations section)
        Sparring: 1-step set B
        • Front kick/ low block 
        • Back kick/ low block 
        Form: Kata Shichi-kyu, segment 2 (see forms section)

        3rd Degree
        Strikes: thrust punch, downward elbow
        Defense Training: 1 lapel grab
        Terms:

        • Dynamic flexibility- Using momentum to bring a limb through its full range of motion

          Form: Kata Shichi-kyu, segment 3 (see forms section)

          What's on the test:
          • Must show ability to listen and follow directions
          • Basics- horse stance, bow stance, back stance, 4 basic blocks (outside, inside, high, low), side and lower side block, punch, palm strike, uppercut, thrust punch, back elbow, downward elbow, knee strike, front snap kick, back kick, side thrust kick
          • Techniques- front & ready positions, shift stances, pivot, chamber, breathing
          • 8-point blocking system
          • Terms (age 10+)- Sensei, Sempai, dojo, rank, kiai, novice, kyu, dan, dynamic flexibility
          • Defense- Know the 5 Kempo animals, blocking moving forward and backward; 1 double wrist grab, 1 front choke, 1 lapel grab; combination 6 & 7
          • Sparring- 1-step set A & B
          • Form- Kata Shichi-kyu (yellow belt form)

            Minimum time in rank: 3 months