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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.

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


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

  • 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.