Feb 18

Next Metamora Martial Arts stripe test will happen before Spring Break

To those who practice at Metamora Township High School,

Our next stripe test will take place in the weeks before Spring Break, which is the first week of April.

I will review blue belts and below on Thursday, March 22. Purple belts and above should be at that class to practice along with the group or to review material in their own groups. The following Thursday, March 29, I will review purple belts and above. See the change I’ve now posted on this stripe test.

I want to break this down because the amount of material expected for purple belts and above is considerably more than blue belts and below.

Attendance requirements for promotion

  • White and yellow belts are expected to attend every basic class.
  • Green belts, blue belts and purple belts must attend every basic class, plus one advanced class with Mr. Hawkey per month.
  • Brown belts and above must attend every basic class, plus two advanced classes with Mr. Hawkey per month.
  • If you are on the PE waiver, you must be attending each conditioning class.

If there is an issue with these requirements, please email me at adam[at]metamoramartialarts.com.

Physical requirements for promotion

  • White belts – Tai Kyoku Kumi, Ippons #1-2, Taezu #1
  • Yellow belts – Wansu, Tai Kyoku Kumi, Ippons #1-4, Taezus #1-2
  • Green belts – Anaku, Wansu, Tai Kyoku Kumi, Ippons #1-6, Taezus #1-4
  • Blue belts – Naihanchi Sho, Anaku, Wansu, Tai Kyoku Kumi, Ippons #1-8, Taezus #1-6
  • Purple belts – Empi Sho, Sanchin (2nd and 3rd stripe only), Naihanchi Sho, Anaku, Wansu, Tai Kyoku Kumi, Ippons #1-10, Taezus #1-8, Kihons (#1-3 for 1st stripe, #1-6 for 2nd stripe, #1-10 for 3rd stripe)
  • Brown belts – Bassai Dai, Empi Sho, Sanchin, Naihanchi Sho, Anaku, Wansu, Tai Kyoku Kumi, Ippons #1-12, Taezus #1-10
  • Red belts – Go Pei Sho, Bassai Dai, Empi Sho, Sanchin, Naihanchi Sho, Anaku, Wansu, Tai Kyoku Kumi, Ippons #1-15, Taezus #1-10, Kihons #1-10
  • Red/black belts – Dan Enn Sho, Go Pei Sho, Bassai Dai, Empi Sho, Sanchin, Naihanchi Sho, Anaku, Wansu, Tai Kyoku Kumi, Ippons #1-15, Taezus #1-10, Kihons #1-10

As a note, students who are blue belts and below with zero stripes should be working wazas (ippons and taezus) from kiba dachi. If you have two stripes, you should be working in two directions. If you have three stripes, you should be working in four directions.

Students who are purple belts and higher with zero stripes should be working wazas (ippons, taezus, kihons) to two directions. If you have two stripes, four directions. Three stripes, eight directions. This is a change. It has been only brown belts and higher working 8-direction wazas, but I want to start that process earlier if we’re going to test this way.

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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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