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Friday, September 20, 2013

3rd Degree Black Belt Training Guide



3rd Degree Black Belt: Sandan

NOTE: This is Sensei Kristalyn's current rank. These rank requirements are posted for reference only, as Sensei is currently not certified to promote beyond Shodan at this time.

Techniques:
Further exploration weapon combat & defense techniques

Defense Training: Continue pressure point training; develop 1 of each: club, knife technique, gun technique (these must be effective in a real situation); combinations 53-59

Sparring:

  • Weapon sparring (bo vs. other weapon)
  • Sparring against 2 opponents
  • Standing & ground grappling techniques
Forms:

  • Circle of the Tiger AND Statue of the Crane bunkai
  • [3rd weapon] Form 1 bunkai
  • Chinese Form: Circle of the Leopard, Snake, OR Five Dragons Face the Four Winds - Origin: Chinese Kenpo
  • Iai 1 (sword form) - Origin: Okinawan Kobudo
  • Branches of the Fallen Pine - Origin: Shoalin Kempo
  • Sanchin (w/ dynamic tension) - Origin: Goju-ryu
  • Sho Ton Kwak - Origin: Shaolin Kempo
  • [2nd weapon] original form 


What's on the test:
  • Complete 1 additional community service project 
  • Must have shown exemplary leadership qualities and continued personal growth 
  • 3 typed pages on the future of martial arts and your continued role 
  • Techniques- weapon combat & defense, sparring against 2 opponents 
  • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes & elbows, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes, 4 point, star, iron fortress, 10 point, dragon, plum tree, 12 hands of the tiger, eagle claw 
  • Defense- 100 pressure points, previous defense techniques done at random, demonstration of own developed techniques; combinations demonstrated on person at random, combo's 1-59 done as a form 
  • Sparring- 5 min. sparring against 2 opponents, 8 min. bo sparring (padded, moderate contact), 3 min. ground grappling 
  • Bunkai- Circle of the Tiger, Statue of the Crane, [3rd weapon] Form 1 
  • Forms- all underbelt forms, Honsuki, Swift Tigers, Empi, 2 Man Fist Set (North & South), 5 Chinese forms (Circle of the Tiger, Statue of the Crane, Circle of the Leopard, Snake, Five Dragons Face the Four Winds), Branches of the Fallen Pine, Sanchin, Sho Ton Kwak, Shushi No Kon Sho, Iai 1, 2 original empty-hand forms, 2 original weapon forms (1 bo), creative form 
Minimum time in rank: 4 years

A Note on Origins

There are many different styles of martial arts, some ancient and some modern. New ones pop up all the time. But, almost always, the newer styles stem from ancient traditional roots. The first style I ever studied (Ryuchi) was a blend of Shotokan, Goju-ryu, and Okinawan weaponry, under Shihan David Nori. The style is only about 50 years old, very new in comparison to the old traditional styles. I then studied Shoalin Kempo for a couple years, and I have added some of those forms and techniques to my curriculum.

For those who are interested, here is the breakdown:


Basics- Stems from all styles of martial arts.


Defense/combinations- Most come from the Shaolin Kempo system.


Forms- all from "Kata Shichi-kyu" to "Kata Shodan-Ho", are unique to the Ryuchi system, but are inspired by Shotokan and Goju-ryu forms. The underbelt weapon forms are also unique to Ryuchi, but inspired by traditional Okinawan Kobudo. Other forms are adopted from Shotokan, Goju-ryu, and Shoalin Kempo. I will make a note of which forms come from where in the rank requirements.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2nd Degree Black Belt Training Guide

2nd Degree Black Belt: Nidan

NOTE: These rank requirements are posted for reference. Sensei Kristalyn is not certified to promote beyond Shodan at this time.

Techniques: Further exploration weapon combat & defense techniques

Defense Training: Continue pressure point training; develop 1 of each: bear hug, headlock, nelson (these must be effective in a real situation); combination 46-52

Sparring:

  • Bo sparring (padded, soft contact) 
  • Sparring against 2 opponents 
Forms:
  • Kata Shodan-Ho bunkai 
  • Bo Form 2 bunkai 
  • [3rd weapon] Form 2 
  • Chinese Form (Circle of the Leopard, Snake, OR Five Dragons Face the Four Winds) - Origin: Chinese Kenpo 
  • Empi - Origin: Shotokan 
  • Development of a creative form

What's on the test:
  • Complete 1 additional community service project 
  • Must have shown high level of respect, humility and strength of character 
  • 2 typed pages on how martial arts has helped you make a positive impact on someone else 
  • Techniques- weapon combat & defense 
  • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes & elbows, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes, 8-point palm, 4-point, star, iron fortress, 10-point, dragon, plum tree, 12 hands of the tiger, eagle claw, 12-point bo 
  • Defense- 100 pressure points, previous defense techniques done at random, demonstration of own developed techniques; combinations demonstrated on person at random, combo's 1-52 done as a form 
  • Sparring- 3 min. sparring against 2 opponents, 5 min. bo sparring (padded, soft contact) 
  • Bunkai- Kata Shodan-Ho, Bo Form 2 
  • Forms- 3 underbelt forms chosen at random, Honsuki, Swift Tigers, Empi, 2 Man Fist Set (North & South), 4 Chinese forms (Circle of the Tiger AND Statue of the Crane; 2 from: Circle of the Leopard, Snake, OR Five Dragons), Shushi No Kon Sho, 2 original empty-hand forms, original Bo form, creative form 
NOTE: For instructor certification, must have 100 teaching hours and completion of Instructor Certification Program.

Minimum time in rank: 3 years

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

1st Degree Black Belt Training Guide

1st Degree Black Belt: Shodan

NOTE: Sensei Kristalyn is currently not certified to promote above 1st Degree Black Belt. If you are here, please speak with Sensei about how you can test for the next rank.

Techniques: Further exploration of grappling & take-downs, bo combat techniques, [4th weapon] basics & techniques, Eagle Claw blocking system

Defense Training: Continue pressure point training; develop 1 of each: wrist grab, choke, lapel grab (these must be effective in a real situation); Kempo combinations #38-45 (see combinations section)

Sparring:

  • Bo (staff) sparring, padded soft contact 
  • Full contact sparring (moderate contact for under age 16) 
  • Standing & ground grappling techniques 
Forms: (see forms section)

  • Kata Ich-kyu bunkai 
  • [2nd weapon] Form 1 bunkai 
  • [4th weapon] Form 1 
  • Chinese form (Circle of the Leopard, Snake, OR Five Dragons Face the Four Winds) 
  • Swift Tigers 
  • Original bo form 

What's on the test:
  • Must have shown high level of respect, humility and strength of character 
  • 2 typed pages on how martial arts has helped you in an everyday situation 
  • Techniques- grappling & take-downs, bo combat 
  • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes & elbows, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes, 4-point, star, iron fortress, 10-point, dragon, plum tree, 12 hands of the tiger, eagle claw 
  • Defense- 50 pressure points, previous defense techniques done at random, demonstration of own developed techniques; combo's 1-45 (demonstrated on person in non-sequential order), combo's 1-45 done as a form 
  • Sparring- 10 minutes of full-contact sparring (two 5-min. rounds; moderate contact for under age 16), 5 minutes of padded bo sparring (soft contact) 
  • Bunkai- Kata Ich-kyu, [2nd weapon] Form 1 
  • Forms- 2 underbelt forms chosen at random, Honsuki, Swift Tigers, 2 Man Fist Set (North & South), 3 Chinese forms (Circle of the Tiger AND Statue of the Crane; Circle of the Leopard, Snake, OR Five Dragons), [4th weapon] Form 1, 2 original empty-hand forms and original Bo form 
Minimum time in rank: 2 years

Observation Black Belt Training Guide


Observation Black Belt: Shodan-Ho

NOTE: May begin Instructor Certification Program.
Techniques: 12 Hands of the Tiger blocking system, 12-point bo blocking system

Defense Training: pressure point training; 1 tiger technique, 1 snake technique, 1 leopard technique, 2 crane techniques, 2 dragon techniques; 2 of each: choke, lapel grab, bear hug, headlock, nelson, club, gun technique; 3 of each: wrist grab, knife technique; Kempo combinations #31-37 (see combinations section)

Sparring:

  • Conditioning, padwork & bag work 
  • Standing & ground grappling 
  • Full contact sparring (age 16+ only) 
Forms: (see forms section)

  • Kata Ni-kyu bunkai 
  • Bo Form 1 bunkai 
  • Shushi No Kon Sho (bo form)- Origin: Okinawan Kobudo 
  • 2-Man Fist Set (South)- Origin: Shaolin Kempo 
  • [2nd weapon] Form 2 
  • Chinese form (Circle of the Tiger OR Statue of the Crane)- Origin: Chinese Kenpo 
  • Honsuki- Origin: Shaolin Kempo

What's on the test:
Note: there will be no formal test for Shodan, instead there will be a 1 year journal project. Progress will be assessed at intervals.
  • Complete 1 additional community service project 
  • Must have shown high level of respect, humility and strength of character 
  • Combinations 1-30 done as a form 
  • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes & elbows, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes, 4-point, star, iron fortress, 10-point, dragon, plum tree, 12 hands of the tiger, 12-point bo 
  • Defense- 1 of each: tiger, snake, leopard, 2 of each: crane dragon; identify 50 pressure points; 2 of each: choke, lapel grab, bear hug, nelson, club, gun technique; 3 of each: wrist, knife technique; previous defense techniques done at random; combo's 1-37 (demonstrated on person in non-sequential order) 
  • Sparring- 8 minutes of full-contact sparring (moderate contact for under age 16), 4 minutes of ground grappling 
  • Forms- 2 underbelt forms chosen at random, Kata Ni-kyu bunkai, Bo Form 1 bunkai, Kata Shodan-Ho, Honsuki, 2 Man Fist Set (North & South), 2 Chinese forms (Circle of the Tiger AND Statue of the Crane), [2nd weapon] Form 2, original empty-hand form
Minimum time in rank: 1 year

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Red Belt Training Guide

Red Belt: Ich-kyu

Observation
Blocks: kick blocks
Strikes: willow palm
Kicks: chain kicks, tornado kick
Techniques: ground grappling
[3rd weapon]: grips, blocks, strikes; blocking & striking systems
Defense Training: 1 tiger technique, 1 snake technique; swinging club, gun technique; Kempo combination #27 (see combinations section)


Sparring:
  • Freestyle 4-step 
  • Conditioning & strategy 
  • Advanced padwork/ bag work 
Forms:

  • Kata Shi-kyu bunkai
  • Kata Shodan-Ho, segment 1 (see forms section)
  • Original form development


1st Degree
Blocks: plum tree (see blocking systems)
Strikes: eagle claw
Kicks: multiple kicks

Defense Training:
1 leopard technique; outside club, knife technique; Kempo combination #28 (see combinations section)


Sparring:
  • Freestyle 4-step 
  • Conditioning & strategy 
  • Advanced padwork/ bag work 
Forms:


2nd Degree
Kicks: butterfly
Defense Training: 1 tiger technique, 1 snake technique; poking club, knife technique; Kempo combination #29 (see combinations section)


Sparring:
  • Freestyle 4-step 
  • Conditioning & strategy 
  • Advanced padwork/ bag work 
Forms:

  • Kata San-kyu bunkai
  • [3rd weapon] Form 1, segment 2 (see weapons section)
  • Chinese Form (Circle of the Tiger OR Statue of the Crane)
  • Kata Shodan-Ho, segment 3 (see forms section)
  • Original form development

3rd Degree
Defense Training: 1 leopard technique; knife technique, gun technique; Kempo combination #30 (see combinations section)


Terms:
  • Expert- The final level of training, student has learned all basic techniques and has a firm understanding of the art; black belt ranks. 

Forms: (see forms section)
  • All underbelt forms 
  • Bo Form 1 & 2 (see weapons section
  • [2nd & 3rd weapon] Form 1 (see weapons section
  • Chinese Form (Circle of the Tiger OR Statue of the Crane) 
  • 2-Man Fist Set (North) 
  • Kata Shi-kyu & San-kyu bunkai 
  • Kata Shodan-Ho
  • Original empty-hand form

What's on the test (cumulative):
  • Complete 1 community service project (must be cleared with Sensei) 
  • ALL previous material 
  • 1 typed page on why you want to be a Black Belt 
  • Must have shown an increase in flexibility, endurance, strength, speed, and balance 
  • All weapon techniques (bo & 2 choice weapons), weapon striking & blocking systems (see weapons section
  • Basics- kick blocks, willow palm, eagle claw, chain kicks, tornado kick, multiple kicks, butterfly kick 
  • Techniques- ground grappling 
  • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes & elbows, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes, 8-point palm, 4-point, star, iron fortress, 10-point, dragon, plum tree 
  • Defense- 4 tiger techniques, 4 snake techniques, 4 leopard techniques, 3 crane techniques, 3 dragon techniques; 11 wrist grabs, 5 chokes, 3 lapel grabs, 5 bear hugs, 4 headlocks, 3 nelsons, 9 club techniques, 5 knife techniques, 3 gun techniques; combo's 1-30 (demonstrated on person in non-sequential order) 
  • 8 minutes of moderate contact free sparring (two 4-min. rounds) 
  • Forms- Kata Shichi-kyu thru Kata Ich-kyu, Kata Shi-kyu bunkai, Kata San-kyu bunkai, Kata Shodan-Ho, 2 Man Fist Set (North), Bo Form 1 & 2, [2nd & 3rd weapon] Form 1, Chinese form (Circle of the Tiger OR Statue of the Crane), 1 original empty-hand form 
NOTE: Must have 50 Sempai hours before testing. Black belt test is 4 to 5 hours

Minimum time in rank: 8 months

Brown Belt Training Guide

Brown Belt: Ni-kyu

Observation
Stances: horse (level 3), crane
Blocks: trapping blocks; 10-point (see blocking systems)
Attacks: crane's beak
Kicks: spinning back & side kick, front & back sweep
Techniques: minimizing impact
[2nd weapon]: grips, blocks, strikes; blocking & striking systems

Defense Training: 1 crane technique; overhead club, full nelson; Kempo combination #16, 17 (see combinations section)


Sparring:
  • Advanced padwork 
  • Impact conditioning drills 

Forms:

1st Degree
Stances: dragon
Strikes: 4-finger eye poke
Kicks: double instep, flying front & side
Techniques: standing grappling

Defense Training: 1 dragon technique; gun technique, front bear hug; Kempo combination #13, 22 (see combinations section)


Sparring:
  • Freestyle 1-step 
  • Power padwork 

Forms:


2nd Degree
Stances: kneeling twist
Blocks: Dragon (see blocking systems)
Strikes: dragon's tail flick
Kicks: spinning outside crescent, spinning hook

Defense Training:
1 crane technique; poking club, knife technique; Kempo combination #21 (see combinations section)


Sparring:
  • Freestyle 2-step 
  • Speed padwork 

Forms:


3rd Degree
Kicks: spinning inside crescent, flying back & round

Defense Training: 1 dragon technique; side headlock, inside club; Kempo combination #23, 25 (see combinations section)


Sparring:
  • Freestyle 3-step 
  • Precision padwork 

Forms:

What's on the test:
  • Must have shown an increase in speed, strength, and endurance 
  • Basics- horse stance (level 3), crane stance, dragon stance, kneeling twist stance, trapping blocks, crane's beak, 4-finger eye poke, dragon's tail flick, spinning back & side kick, double front kick, front & back leg sweep, spinning inside & outside crescent, spinning hook kick, flying back & round kick 
  • Techniques- standing grappling, minimizing impact 
  • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes & elbows, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes, 8-point palm, 4-point, star, iron fortress, 10-point, dragon 
  • Defense- 2 crane techniques, 2 dragon techniques; 1 bear hug, 1 lapel grab, 1 nelson, 3 club techniques, 1 knife technique, 1 gun technique; combinations 1-26 
  • 5 minutes of moderate contact free sparring 
  • Forms- Kata Roku-kyu bunkai, Kata Go-kyu bunkai, Kata Ich-kyu, Bo Form 2, [2nd weapon] Form 1 
Minimum time in rank: 7 months

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Purple Belt Training Guide

Purple Belt: San-kyu

Observation
Stances: leaning horse
Blocks: circle, fortress; star (see blocking systems)
Strikes: snakehand
Kicks: jump front & side, scissor
Bo (staff): advanced grips, strikes & techniques
Terms: 

  • Bunkai- Practical application of techniques in a form 

Defense Training: 1 crane technique; knife technique, rear double wrist grab; Kempo combination #12 (see combinations section)

Sparring: 3-step sparring set A alternate 
  • Punch/ step back outside block to punch, shuffle punch 
  • Punch/ step back inside block to back punch, shuffle low back punch 
  • Punch/ step back upper block to downward hammer, shuffle thrust punch 
  • Low punch/ step back lower block to backfist, shuffle backfist 

Form: Kata Ni-kyu, segment 1 (see forms section)


1st Degree
Strikes: leg hock, headbutt
Kicks: turning inside & outside crescent, turning side
Bo (staff): 6-point striking system


Defense Training: 1 leopard technique; inside club, rear bear hug; Kempo combination #26, 14 (see combinations section)


Sparring: 3-step set B alternate 
  • Drop kick/ step back downward palm block, lunge thrust punch to face, thrust punch ribs 
  • Turning side kick/ step back low palm block, lunge palm strike, middle palm strike 
  • Turning back kick/ step back double downward palm block, lunge driving knife, inside ridgehand 

Forms:


2nd Degree
Blocks: monkey parry; Iron Fortress (see blocking systems)
Strikes: phoenix tail

Defense Training: full nelson, cross wrist grab; Kempo combination #19 (see combinations section)


Sparring: 3-step set C alternate 
  • Uppercut, uppercut/ step back high palm block, high palm block, drop kick 
  • Back punch, back punch/ step back middle palm block, middle palm block, turning side kick 
  • Downward hammer, downward hammer/ step back upward palm block, upward palm block, turning back kick 
  • Low thrust punch, low thrust punch/ step back low palm block, low palm block, roundhouse kick 

Forms:


3rd Degree
Strikes: u-punch, 2-finger eye poke
Kicks: turning hook
Terms:

  • Advanced- Next level of training following intermediate, student continues to grow physically and mentally; brown and red belt. 

Defense Training: 1 dragon technique; rear headlock; Kempo combination #1, 20 (see combinations section)

Forms:

What's on the test (cumulative):
  • Complete 1 community service project (must be cleared with Sensei) 
  • Must have shown an increase in flexibility, balance, and endurance 
  • ALL previous material 
  • Basics- leaning horse stance, circle block, monkey parry, fortress block, snakehand, headbutt, leg hock, pheonix tail, u-punch, 2-finger eye poke, jumping front & side kick, scissor kick, turning kicks (side, inside crescent, outside crescent, hook) 
  • Techniques- accute balance development & body control 
  • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes & elbows, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes, 8-point palm, 4-point, star, iron fortress 
  • Terms- bunkai, advanced 
  • Defense- 2 tiger techniques, 2 snake techniques, 2 leopard techniques, 1 crane technique, 1 dragon technique; 11 wrist grabs, 5 chokes, 4 bear hugs, 3 lapel grabs, 3 headlocks, 2 nelsons, 3 clubs, 1 knife technique; combinations 1-12, 14, 15, 18, 20, 24, 26 
  • Sparring- all previous sparring sets, 3-step set A, B & C alternate; 8 minutes of soft-contact sparring 
  • Forms- Kata Shichi-kyu bunkai, Kata Roku-kyu, Kata Go-kyu, Kata Shi-kyu, Kata San-kyu, Kata Ni-kyu, Bo Form 1 
Minimum time in rank: 6 months

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blue Belt Training Guide

Blue Belt: Shi-kyu

Observation
Stances: side
Blocks: open hand x-block, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes (see blocking systems)
Strikes: poison thumbs, scissor chop, leopard paw (longfist)
Kicks: roundhouse, kneeling kicks
Techniques: precision targeting

Defense Training: identify 10 pressure points; 1 leopard technique; 1 overhead club, 1 double wrist grab; Kempo combination #10 (see combinations section)

Sparring: 2-step set A alternate
  • Backfist/ high palm block to backfist
  • Outside hammer/ middle palm block to outside hammer
  • Inside hammer/ low palm block to outside hammer
  • Downward hammer/ upward palm block to downward hammer
Form: Kata San-kyu, segment 1 (see forms section)

1st Degree
Note: Begin bo (staff) training (see weapons section)
Stances: rear twist
Blocks: ridgehand
Strikes: spinning backfist, bear paw, trigger finger
Kicks: hook, high kicks
Techniques: changing point of view, pop shift
Bo (staff): basic grips, blocks, strikes
Terms:
  • Kobudo- The way of weaponry
Defense Training: 1 full nelson, 1 front choke; Kempo combination #11 (see combinations section)

Sparring: 2-step set B alternate
  • Inside crescent kick/ inside knifehand block to lunge outside knife
  • Outside crescent kick/ outside knifehand block to lunge inside knife
  • Roundhouse kick/ lower knifehand block to lunge front knife
Form: Kata San-kyu, segment 2 (see forms section)

2nd Degree
Stances: front twist
Blocks: 8-point w/ strikes & elbows (see blocking systems)
Strikes: driving knifehand
Bo (staff): 8-point bo blocking system, 4-point bo striking system

Defense Training: 1 snake technique; front bear hug; Kempo combination #15 (see combinations section)

Sparring: 2-step set C alternate
  • Backfist/ step back outside knifehand block, front thrust kick
  • Outside hammer/ step back inside knifehand block, round kick
  • Downward hammer/ step back upper knifehand block, inside crescent
  • Low inside hammer/ step back lower block, outside crescent
Form: Kata San-kyu, segment 3 (see forms section)

3rd Degree
Kicks: laying kicks
Techniques: monkey roll, barrel roll
Terms:
  • Static-active flexibility- The ability to hold a stretched position without outside resistance (like holding a high kick in the air). 
Defense Training: side headlock, single wrist grab; combination #24 (see combinations section)

Forms:

What's on the test:
  • Bo basics, 8-point bo blocking system, 4-point bo striking system
  • Must have shown an increase in flexibility
  • Basics- front & rear twist stance, open hand x-block, ridgehand block, ridgehand strike (inside, outside), trigger finger, leopard paw, bear paw, spinning backfist, spinning knifehand, poison thumbs, scissor chop, roundhouse kick, hook kick, high kicks, kneeling kicks, laying kicks, pop shifting stances, monkey roll, barrel roll
  • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes & elbows, 8-point knifehand w/ strikes, 8-point palm, 4-point
  • Terms- Kobudo, static-active flexibility
  • Defense- leopard technique, snake technique; 2 wrist grabs, 1 choke, 1 bear hug, 1 headlock, 1 full nelson, 1 club; combinations 10, 11, 15, 24
  • Sparring- 2-step set A, B & C alternate; 5 minutes of soft-contact free sparring
  • Forms- Kata San-kyu, Bo Form 1 (segment 1)

Minimum time in rank: 5 months

Monday, January 7, 2013

Green Belt Training Guide

Green Belt: Go-kyu


Observation
Stances: horse (level 2), forward
Blocks: double brace; 8-point w/ strikes (see blocking systems)
Strikes: turning backfist, spearhand
Kicks: round, front thrust
Techniques: power execution, speed

Defense Training: 1 stance for each animal; 1 cross wrist grab, 1 rear headlock; Kempo combination #8 (see combinations section)


Sparring: 1 step set A alternate
  • Outside hammer/ outside knifehand block 
  • Inside hammer/ inside knifehand block 
  • Downward hammer/ upper knifehand block 
  • Low inside hammer/ lower knifehand block 
Terms: 
  • Kumite- sparring/sport fighting 

    Form: Kata Shi-kyu, segment 1 (see forms section)

    1st Degree
    Stances: inverted
    Blocks: double knifehand
    Strikes: turning knifehand, cross punch, immortal man
    Kicks: crossover side, turning back
    Techniques: 8-point direction, rear foot pivot

    Defense Training: 1 snake technique; 1 back choke, 1 lapel grab; Kempo combination #9 (see combinations section)


    Sparring: 1 step set B alternate
    • Round kick/ middle palm block 
    • Drop kick/ downward palm block 
    Form: Kata Shi-kyu, segment 2 (see forms section)


    2nd Degree
    Blocks: 4-point (see blocking systems)
    Kicks: inside crescent, outside crescent

    Defense Training: 1 tiger technique; 1 rear bear hug; Kempo combination #4 (see combinations section)


    Sparring: Point, soft contact 

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


    3rd Degree
    Defense Training: 1 rear single wrist grab
    Sparring: Free, soft contact 

    Form: Kata Shi-kyu, segment 4 (see forms section)

    What's on the test:
    • Must have shown an increase in flexibility 
    • Basics- forward stance, inverted stance, double brace block, double knifehand block, turning backfist, turning knifehand, spearhand, immortal man, round kick, front thrust kick, inside & outside crescent kick, turning back kick, crossover side kick 
    • Techniques- speed, power, 8-point direction, rear foot pivot 
    • Blocking systems- 8-point w/ strikes, 8-point knifehand, 8-point palm, 4-point 
    • Terms- kumite 
    • Defense- 1 stance for each animal, 1 snake technique, 1 tiger technique; 1 cross wrist grab, 1 rear headlock, 1 back choke, 1 lapel grab, 1 rear bear hug; combinations 2-9 
    • Sparring- 1-step set A & B alternate, 3 minutes of soft-contact free sparring 
    • Form- Kata Shi-kyu
    Minimum time in rank: 4 months