Ranks, represented by belt color, are an essential part of our martial arts training. Instructors use them to craft a curriculum in which students are continually building new skills on the foundation of old ones. And these ranks give students goals to set and achieve. Our promotions are celebrations of our students’ achievements as they move on to a new rank and begin learning a new skill set.
To promote to the next rank, a student has to meet several criteria:
To promote, a student has to have been training at their rank for a certain amount of time. These are as follows:
White to Yellow: at least one month
Yellow to Orange: at least two months
Orange to Purple: at least two months
Purple to Blue: at least three months
Blue to High Blue: at least three months
High Blue to Green: at least three months
Green to High Green: at least three months
High Green to Brown: at least three months
Brown to Black: at least one year*
*For Juniors, Teens and Adults, Brown Belt is divided into three degrees. A student must spend at least three months training at each degree of Brown Belt. For our younger students – Dragons – a student must spend at least four months at Brown Belt before earning Dragon Black Belt.
Students must have earned a prescribed number of “tips” on their belts, representing classes attended, as follows:
White to Yellow: at least 12 classes
Yellow to Orange: at least 12 classes
Orange to Purple: at least 12 classes
Purple to Blue: at least 24 classes
Blue to High Blue: at least 24 classes
High Blue to Green: at least 24 classes
Green to High Green: at least 24 classes
High Green to Brown: at least 24 classes
Brown Belt: students must attend a minimum of 32 classes at each level of Brown Belt. These may include sparring and grappling classes.
To promote, students must learn the skills taught at their rank. These skills are listed on each student’s attendance card.
Our youngest students – our Panthers and Dragons – are not required to go through a formal testing students. Juniors, Teens and Adults are required to exhibit proficiency in each of the skills on their card. Testing is either done in class, or during dedicated “Promotion Prep” times on he schedule.
You can see the cards we use to test our Junior students here.
INTENT TO PROMOTE FORMS
The first step in the promotion process is submission of an “Intent to Promote” form. These are found at the front desk and are due no later than two weeks before that month’s promotion. Once the Intent form is permitted, our instructors can begin to make sure that each student is ready for promotion. If it is decided that the student needs more time before they can promote, a new Intent form is NOT required.