The student must be able to perform these skills with exceptional performance for their level to achieve the next rank. The Sensei will let the student know when they are ready to be tested for a higher belt.

All rank requirements are cumulative, so be sure to be sharp at your previous material as well as the new stuff.

Please do not suggest or inquire about your next rank test date; this demonstrates impatience and lack of respect for your Sensei’s judgment. You may, however, ask your Sensei what you should be working on toward your next rank.

Kids 1st Stripe:

Strikes: Front Two Knuckle, Thrust Punch, Back Two Knuckle, Palm Heel, Hammer

Kicks: Front Ball, Rising Knee

Blocks: 8-Point Blocking System

Kids 2nd Stripe:

Shaolin Combinations: #6

Kempo Techniques: White Belt Kempo

Skills: “Right Foot Out and Elbows” sequence, how to “Punch In” correctly

Kids 3rd Stripe:

Stances: Front Position, Horse, Flamingo, Half Moon

Forms: Half Mooning with the 8-Point Blocking System

Know: How to tie your belt, the 5 Shaolin Animals, and the 5 Values

Kids 1st Stripe:

Strikes: Shuto, Rising Elbow, Roundhouse Elbow, Cross Hammer, Backfist

Kicks: Front Instep, Side Blade, Crescent, Back Kick, Roundhouse Knee

Blocks: 8-Point Blocking System with Counterstrikes, #3 and #4 Palm Block

Footwork: Step-Glide

Kids 2nd Stripe:

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3

Kempo Techniques: White Belt Kempo, Yellow Belt Kempo

Kids 3rd Stripe:

Forms: Pinan 1

Know: The 4 major angles of the clock, one characteristic of each of the 5 Shaolin Animals, the meaning of each of the 5 Values

Kids 1st Stripe:

Strikes: Hook Punch, Side Elbow, Rear Elbow, Downward Elbow, Cross Shuto, Spearhand, Chicken Wrist

Kicks: Front Thrust, Side Thrust, Reverse Crescent

Blocks: 8-Point Knife-Hand Blocks, #1 and #2 Hammer Block

Footwork: Shuffle

Kids 2nd Stripe:

Upgrades: White Belt Kempo, Yellow Belt Kempo

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, and Orange Belt Kempo

Kids 3rd Stripe:

Stances: Cat Stance

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1

Know: The 4 minor angles of the clock

Skills: Have Sparring experience (basic Sparring Gear required)

This is a special rank for kids only, ages 4-12.

1st Stripe:

Strikes: Tiger’s Claw, Downward Shuto

Kicks: Roundhouse Ball, Cross Behind Side Thrust

Blocks: Wing Block

2nd Stripe:

Upgrades: Combination #2

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18, 8, 9

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, and First Half of Purple Belt Kempo

Club Techniques: Side #1

3rd Stripe:

Stances: Twist Stance

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1, Pinan 3

Kids 1st Stripe:

Strikes: Tiger’s Claw, Tiger’s Rake, Iron Palm, Downward Shuto

Kicks: Roundhouse Ball, Roundhouse Instep, Cross Behind Side Thrust, Spinning Back Kick

Blocks: 8-Point Knife-Hand Blocks with Counterstrikes, Wing Block

Kids 2nd Stripe:

Upgrades: Combination #2

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18, 4, 8, 9, 12

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, and Purple Belt Kempo

Club Techniques: Side #1, Overhead #1

Grab Defense Techniques: Single Wrist Grab

Kids 3rd Stripe:

Stances: Twist Stance

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1, Pinan 3

Skills: Slapping Out

Kids 1st Stripe:

Strikes: Ridgehand, Leopard’s Paw, Inward Hammer

Skills: Chain Punching with Half Mooning

Blocks: #1 and #2 Ridgehand Block

Kids 2nd Stripe:

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18, 4, 8, 9, 12, 10, 15

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, and Blue Belt Kempo

Side Club Techniques: #1, 2

Overhead Club Techniques: #1

Grab Defense Techniques: Single Wrist Grab, Jacket Grab

Kids 3rd Stripe:

Stances: Forward Leaning, Backward Leaning

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1, Pinan 3, Kata 2, Two Man Fist Set: North

Skills: Be confident in Sparring

Kids 1st Stripe:

Strikes: Immortal Man, Trigger Finger, Tiger’s Mouth

Kicks: Hook, Scissor

Blocks: #1 and #2 Helping Hand Block

Kids 2nd Stripe:

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18, 4, 8, 9, 12, 10, 15, 11, 14

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, and Blue Belt Kempo

Side Club Techniques: #1, 2

Overhead Club Techniques: #1, 2

Grab Defense Techniques: Single Wrist Grab, Jacket Grab, Front Choke, Rear Choke

Kids 3rd Stripe:

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1, Pinan 3, Kata 2, Two Man Fist Set: North & South, Pinan 4

Kids 1st Stripe:

Strikes: Two Finger Poke, Crane’s Beak, Eagle’s Talon

Kicks: Axe, Reverse Axe, Stepping Stool

Blocks: Monkey Paw, Dragon Trap

Kids 2nd Stripe:

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18, 4, 8, 9, 12, 10, 15, 11, 14, 16, 17

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, and Green Belt Kempo

Side Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3

Overhead Club Techniques: #1, 2

Knife Techniques: Stabbing #1

Grab Defense Techniques: Single Wrist Grab, Jacket Grab, Front Choke, Rear Choke, Bear Hug

Kids 3rd Stripe:

Stances: Crane Stance

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1, Pinan 3, Kata 2, Two Man Fist Set: North & South, Pinan 4, Stature of the Crane, 10-Point Blocking System

Skills: Be proficient at 3-Hit Combos in Sparring

Kids 1st Stripe:

Strikes: Uppercut, Rising Sun Punch, Poison Thumb, Phoenix Fist

Kicks: Spinning Hook

Skills: Right and Left Shoulder Roll

Kids 2nd Stripe:

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18, 4, 8, 9, 12, 10, 15, 11, 14, 16, 17, 13

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, and Green Belt Kempo

Side Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3

Overhead Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3

Knife Techniques: Stabbing #1, 2

Grab Defense Techniques: Single Wrist Grab, Jacket Grab, Front Choke, Rear Choke, Bear Hug, Upright Head Lock

Kids 3rd Stripe:

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1, Pinan 3, Kata 2, Two Man Fist Set: North & South, Pinan 4, Stature of the Crane, 10-Point Blocking System, Pinan 5, Kata 3

Upgrades: Combination #2, #12 (optional)#18

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18, 4, 8, 9, 12, 10, 15, 11, 14, 16, 17, 13, 19, 20

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, and First Half of Brown Belt Kempo

Side Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3, 4

Overhead Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3

Knife Techniques: Stabbing #1, 2, 3

Grab Defense Techniques: Single Wrist Grab, Jacket Grab, Front Choke, Rear Choke, Bear Hug, Upright Head Lock, Big Brother Head Lock

Kick Defense Techniques: Deflecting Hammer, Intellectual Departure

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1, Pinan 3, Kata 2, Two Man Fist Set: North & South, Pinan 4, Stature of the Crane, 10-Point Blocking System, Pinan 5, Kata 3, Kata 4

Skills: Have experience with all Techniques against a left-sided attacker (doing them “left-handed”)

Upgrades: Second Half of Brown Belt Kempo

Shaolin Combinations: # 6, 7, 3, 2, 5, 18, 4, 8, 9, 12, 10, 15, 11, 14, 16, 17, 13, 19, 20, 1, 21

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, and Brown Belt Kempo

Side Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3, 4

Overhead Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3, 4

Stabbing Knife Techniques: #1, 2, 3

Slashing Knife Techniques: 1 Inside, 1 Outside

Grab Defense Techniques: Single Wrist Grab, Jacket Grab, Front Choke, Rear Choke, Bear Hug, Upright Head Lock, Big Brother Head Lock, Hammer Lock

Kick Defense Techniques: Deflecting Hammer, Intellectual Departure

Forms: Pinan 1, Pinan 2, Kata 1, Pinan 3, Kata 2, Two Man Fist Set: North & South, Pinan 4, Stature of the Crane, 10-Point Blocking System, Pinan 5, Kata 3, Kata 4, Kata 5

Shaolin Combinations: # 1 – 21

Kempo Techniques: White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Blue, Green, and Brown Belt Kempo

Side Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3, 4

Overhead Club Techniques: #1, 2, 3, 4

Stabbing Knife Techniques: #1, 2, 3

Slashing Knife Techniques: 1 Inside, 1 Outside

Grab Defense Techniques: Single Wrist Grab, Jacket Grab, Front Choke, Rear Choke, Bear Hug, Upright Head Lock, Big Brother Head Lock, Hammer Lock

Kick Defense Techniques: Deflecting Hammer, Intellectual Departure

Forms: Pinan 1-5, Kata 1-5, Two Man Fist Set: North & South, Stature of the Crane, 10-Point Blocking System, Kata 6

Skills: Be proficient at all Techniques against a Right- or Left-Handed attacker: Combinations, Kempos, Clubs, Knives, Grabs, Kicks

Character Traits: Humility

Requirements beyond the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt will be revealed to you by your Sensei when you are ready…