Jan 21

Red belt requirements

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

1st stripe

New techniques

  • inside knife block
  • arm breaking techniques
  • groin tears
  • gedan uke strike
  • mountain punch
  • reverse low block pull
  • double middle block

Bassai Dai, 1st level

Ippons 11-12

Taezus 9-10

Kihons 1-10, out of kiba dachi

Self defenses

  1. club
  2. gun


  • Escape from yoko shiho gatame
  • Escape from kesa gatame

2nd stripe

Bassai Dai, 2nd level

Ippons 1-12, 4 directions

Taezus 1-10, 4 directions

Kihons 1-10, 2 directions

Self defenses

1-12 from both sides


tai otoshi (body drop)

3rd stripe

Bassai Dai, 3rd level
Ippons 1-12, 8 directions
Taezus 1-10, 8 directions
Kihons 1-10, 4 directions
Crane animal forms
25 combination attacks

Self defenses

13-24 from both directions


uchi mata (inner-thigh reaping throw)


  • Form sparring (kata kumite), 3 minutes
  • Stance-focus sparring (kime-dachi kumite), 3 minutes

Physical requirements

  • 35 pushups
  • 60 crunches
  • 150 jump rope
  • kick to sternum
  • 4 minutes of speed punching
  • 35 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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