STUDENT GUIDE

PROMOTIONS

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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:

TIME INTERVAL

               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.

 

CLASSES ATTENDED

             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.

 

            SKILL PROFICIENCY

            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.