Jan 21

Brown belt requirements

These are the requirements for high school students and adults working as purple belts toward their brown belts.

1st stripe

New techniques

  • inside kake block
  • reinforced chudan uke
  • knife thrust
  • mountain palm strike
  • extended side arm block
  • ridge fist
  • jumping spinning crescent kick

Empi Sho kata, first level

Ippons 9 and 10

Taezus 7 and 8

Kihons 1-3

Self defenses

  1. street punch
  2. cross punch
  3. lapel grab and punch


ude garami (entangled arm lock)

2nd stripe

Empi Sho kata, 2nd level

Sanchin kata, 1st level

Ippons 1-10, 2 directions

Taezus 1-8, 2 directions

Kihons 4-6

Self defenses

hook punch


juji gatami (cross arm lock)

3rd stripe

Empi Sho kata, 3rd level

Sanchin kata, 2nd and 3rd levels

Ippons 1-10, 4 directions

Taezus 1-8, 4 directions

Kihons 7-10

Leopard animal forms

20 combination attacks

Self defenses

  1. swing kick
  2. knife


waki gatami (armpit armlock)


  • Form sparring (kata kumite), 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Stance-focus sparring (kime-dachi kumite), 2 minutes 30 seconds

Physical requirements

  • 30 pushups
  • 50 crunches,
  • 125 jump rope
  • 3 minutes 30 seconds of speed punching
  • 15 repetitions in 3 directions with 15-pound dumbbells (males) or 10-pounds (females)

Adam Bockler

Sensei Adam Bockler is a 2nd-degree black belt in karate and the owner of Metamora Martial Arts. He's been in the martial arts since 2003, and has received instruction in tai chi chuan, Hsing-i chuan, judo, tae kwon do and XMA. Sensei Bockler was inducted into the 2014 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Karate Black Belt of the Year. He is the communications manager for Float Mobile Learning.

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