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Stages.

 

 

We, like most other styles, operate a staged system of progression.

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This involves tests, at which various colours of belts are issued, according to the abilities that have been demonstrated.

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There are eight stages that have to be reached before reaching black belt and each stage is also a test of all previous technique.

 

 

Purple Belt.

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This is the first-stage test and it is undertaken approximately 12 weeks after the student has started.

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One of the reasons why we test at this level, is to make sure that the syllabus has been fully taught and there have been no omissions on the part of the teacher.

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This is most important, at this level, because the information given is the knowledge that the student will use for the rest of their practice in this Martial Art.

 

The first Set Form is taught at this level and we expect this to be performed in a specified time.

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This routine introduces the concept of moving using stances and combining simple hand and foot movement.

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This is the level at which the basic techniques of blocking, punching, and kicking are introduced.

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Also at this level we have the start of simple throwing technique and simple break falls.

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Combination techniques are also taught and these have to be demonstrated.

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Moving forwards and backwards with a partner whilst performing punches and kicks and blocks is also expected.

 

We do not expect students to be expert at these techniques at this stage.

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Yellow Belt.

 

This is the second stage and between 12 and 16 weeks, after the first stage is completed.

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We now introduce a second set form and along with the first, this must be demonstrated.

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This routine introduces the concept of movement, whilst kicking and using kicks in conjunction with blocks and punches.

 

The syllabus now widens to include the first tension Set Form.

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The abilities learnt from this training are now re-applied into the first and then the second Set Form.

 

An introduction to the avoidance Set Form is also undertaken.

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We now expect improvement in the abilities of blocking, kicking and punching and an increase in the power of these movements.

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Wrist release and collar escapes must also be learnt.

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One individual Set Form to be performed with a partner.

 

All previous technique is tested for improvement.

 

 

Orange Belt.

 

The third stage may take anything up to six months to complete.

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The number of Set Forms is increased to three and these must be practised with greater ability.

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This routine introduces the concept of multiple arm movement in each stance position.

 

The Tension Set Form is not increased in number but it must be demonstrated with greater ability, in breathing technique and body positions.

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The Avoidance Set Form is increased to two.

 

Some ability must be demonstrated, in the second of these Forms, at breathing and tension technique.

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The number of blocking techniques is increased to include foot blocking.

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The number of hand strikes is increased and the start of open-handed practice is commenced.

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The number of kicking techniques is also increased.

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The number of throwing techniques is also increased.

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The number and type a break falls are also increased at this stage.

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Moving forwards and backwards with a partner, must be demonstrated, using four specific Stances.

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Free play must also be demonstrated.

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Two individual Set Form to be performed with a partner.

 

All previous technique is tested for improvement.

 

 

Red Belt.

 

The forth stage takes nine months to one year.

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There number of Set Forms is now increased to five.

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The first of these introduces the concept of double arm movement.

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This Set Form is referred to as the power form because it requires a great deal of energy, to complete the routine correctly.

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The second the concept of sideways movement.

 

The Tension Set Form should by this time be being performed correctly

 

The Avoidance Set Form is increased to three.

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This is the Avoidance striking form.

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Multiple level blocking technique is taught at this stage.

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Multiples strike are also taught at this stage.

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Open-handed technique is introduced.

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By this stage it is expected that kicking technique will be performed to mid-and upper levels.

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The number of Throwing Techniques is increased.

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The Prone Take Downs are to be performed as Set Form.

 

The Kneeling Techniques are to be performed as a Set Form.

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Free play must be demonstrated.

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Four individual Set Forms to be performed with a partner.

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All previous technique is tested for improvement.

 

 

Green Belt.

 

The fifth stage takes between nine months and one year.

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The total time to get to this level is usually two years.

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The number of Set Forms is increased to six.

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This routine introduces the concept of catching and throwing and also jumping and dropping technique.

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A second Tension Form is introduced which starts the practice of short movement.

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The Avoidance Set Form is increased to four.

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This is the Circular movement form.

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Full and half blocks are performed along with palm heel blocks.

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Foot and a leg blocks are also performed.

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Striking technique must be performed at full power, using the correct body control, to the specified levels, using the correct breathing technique.

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The complete set of Throwing Technique, to be performed.

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Leg locks and leg sweeps of to be performed.

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An ability is to be demonstrated in freeplay, against one and also two opponents.

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Five individual Set Forms are to be performed with a partner.

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All previous technique is to be tested for improvement.

 

 

Blue Belt.

 

This sixth stage takes between nine months and one year.

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The number of Set Forms is increased to nine.

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The first of these introduces the concept of changing stance work, whilst moving.

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The second combines the previous with its striking and throwing technique.

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The third introduces bouncing blocks in conjunction with sideways movement.

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There is no change at this level to the Tension Forms.

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The Avoidance Form is increased to five.

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This form starts the development of bouncing blocks.

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All blocks at this level must be performed using open and shut hands.

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The ability to perform double bouncing power blocks must be demonstrated.

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Ability must be demonstrated at simultaneous blocking and countering.

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Ability must be demonstrated at multiple kicking, with various techniques, against one, two and three opponents simultaneously.

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The complete set of Take Down and Throwing Technique must be completed on left and right sides.

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The first four Counter Take Downs should be demonstrated.

 

The leg locks are to be completed in a kneeling position.

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The cutting releases are to be demonstrated.

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An ability is to be demonstrated in free play against one, two and three opponents.

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Two individual Set Forms are to be performed with two partners.

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All previous technique is to be tested for improvement.

 

 

Brown Belt 1.

 

The seventh stage takes between nine months and one year to complete.

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The number of Set Forms is increased to ten.

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This Set Form introduces the concept of four lines of defence.

 

There is no change at this level to the Tension Forms.

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The Avoidance Forms are increased to six.

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This form introduces the practice of double-handed, simultaneous, bouncing blocks.

 

It is at this level that the student will undertake their initial training in Free Form movement.

 

Full speed foot blocking and counter, is to be performed with and without a partner.

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All blocks are to be performed, full power, using the knife hand.

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Simultaneous block and counter are to be performed with a partner.

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Multiple kicking is to be performed in single direction.

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Four directional multiple kicking is also to be demonstrated.

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Take downs and throwing technique are to be performed without fault.

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Counter take downs are also to be performed.

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An ability is to be demonstrated in free play against four opponents.

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Close-quarters technique is to be demonstrated against two opponents.

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Eight individual set forms to be demonstrated.

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Two, four opponent individual Set Forms are to be demonstrated.

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Three-minutes of Random Forms are to be performed, using techniques in combination from all sections of the syllabus.

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Two minutes of Random Forms are to be demonstrated against two opponents.

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All previous technique is to be tested for improvement.

 

 

Brown Belt 2.

 

The eighth stage takes between nine mounts and one year.

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The number of Set Forms is increased to eleven.

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This Set Form introduces the concept of eight lines of defence.

 

The third Tension Form is learnt, this form incorporates sideways movements and tension control.

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The final Avoidance Set Form is completed.

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This combines kicking with avoidance technique.

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Free Form technique is to be demonstrated.

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The ability to clap catch and butterfly catch, must be demonstrated, at full speed, with a partner.

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An extensive knowledge of stances and of stance changes must be demonstrated.

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Ten individual Set Forms are to be performed.

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Three minute's of Random Forms, against two opponents, are to be demonstrated.

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Two minutes of Random Forms, against three opponents, are to be demonstrated.

 

In order to obtain this level, it is necessary that the student complete one of the Club's lower syllabuses, under the supervision of an approved instructor.

 

 

Black Belt.

 

This ninth level, can be obtained in as little as six months, but it is more likely to be nine months to a year.

 

Only when the instructors feel that the student is ready, are they invited to undertake the Black Belt Test.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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