January 21

Purple belt requirements

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

1st stripe

New techniques

  • side hammer fist
  • chudan strike
  • double corkscrew punch
  • horizontal hammer fist
  • side punch
  • swim kake uke
  • jump side kick
  • jump spinning reverse crescent kick
  • jump spin side kick

Naihanchi Sho kata, 1st level

Ippons 7 and 8

Taezus 5 and 6

Self defenses

  1. hip throw
  2. full nelson

Judo

hadake jime (naked lock)

2nd stripe

Naihanchi Sho kata, 2nd level

Ippons 1-8, 2 directions

Taezus 1-6, 2 directions

Self defenses

jab

Judo

nami juji jime (cross arm choke)

3rd stripe

Naihanchi Sho kata, 3rd level

Ippons 1-8, 4 directions

Taezus 1-6, 4 directions

Snake animal forms

15 combination attacks

Self defenses

backfist

Judo

gyaku juji jime (reverse cross arm choke)

Sparring

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

Physical requirements

  • 25 pushups
  • 45 crunches
  • 100 jump rope
  • kick to stomach
  • 3 minutes of speed punching
January 21

Blue belt requirements

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

1st stripe

New techniques

  • palm strike
  • simulatenous chudan and jodan uke
  • te katana
  • side of neck strike
  • jodan lock
  • simultaneous tate and mawashi tsuke
  • double head chop
  • spinning crescent kick
  • spinning reverse crescent
  • skip-to front kick
  • skip-to round house
  • skip-to side kick

Anaku kata, 1st level

Ippons 5 and 6

Taezus 3 and 4

Self defenses

  1. headlock
  2. bear hug

Judo

Kami shiho getame (top four-corner hold)

2nd stripe

Anaku kata, 2nd level

Ippons 1-6, 2 directions

Taezus 1-4, 2 directions

Self defenses

tackle

Judo

  • Koshi guruma (hip wheel)
  • ouchi gari (large inner reap

3rd stripe

Anaku kata, 3rd level

Ippons 1-6, 4 directions

Taezus 1-4, 4 directions

Dragon animal forms

10 combination attacks

Self defenses

tackle

Judo

De ashi harai (forward foot sweep)

Sparring

  • Form sparring (kata kumite), 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Stance-focus sparring (kime-dachi kumite), 1 minute 30 seconds

Physical requirements

  • 20 pushups
  • 40 crunches
  • 75 jump rope
  • 2 minutes 30 seconds of speed punching
January 21

Green belt requirements

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

1st stripe

New techniques

  • knife hand
  • leopard claw
  • basic chop
  • hammer fist
  • ridge hand
  • double circular knife strike
  • elbow smash
  • upward elbow
  • blocks with palm block cover
  • augmented shuto strike
  • jump front snap kick
  • front thrust kick
  • inside round house
  • spinning side kick
  • spinning hook heel

Tai Kyoku Kumi with palm block covers

Wansu kata, 1st level

Ippons 3 and 4

Taezu 2

Self-defenses

  1. lapel grab
  2. double lapel grab

Judo

  • Kesa getame (scarf hold)
  • yoko shiho getame (side locking four-corner hold)

2nd stripe

Wansu kata, 2nd level

Ippons 1-4, out of kiba dachi

Taezus 1-2, out of kiba dachi

Self-defenses

two-arm choke

Judo

ippon seoi nage (one-arm shoulder throw)

3rd stripe

Wansu kata, 3rd level

Ippons 1-4, 2 directions

Taezus 1-2, 2 directions

Tiger animal forms

5 combination attacks

Self-defenses

sleeper choke

Judo

morote seoi nage (shoulder throw)

Sparring

  • Form sparring (kata kumite), 1 minute
  • Stance-focus sparring (kime-dachi kumite), 1 minute
  • Karate and tae kwon do sparring

Physical requirements

  • 15 pushups
  • 30 crunches
  • 50 jump rope
  • 2 minutes of speed punching
January 9

Yellow belt requirements

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

1st stripe

Basic punches

  • seiken tsuke (corkscrew punch)
  • tate tsuke (vertical punch)
  • uraken tsuke (uppercut punch)
  • age tsuke (rising punch)
  • riken tsuke (backfist punch)
  • mawashi tsuke (hook punch)

Basic kicks

  • mae geri (front kick)
  • yoko geri (side kick)
  • mawashi geri (round house kick)
  • ushiro geri (back kick)
  • crescent kick
  • reverse crescent kick
  • axe kick
  • hook heel kick

Basic blocks

  • nagashi uke (palm block)
  • chudan uke (middle block)
  • reverse chudan uke (inside middle block)
  • jodan uke (high block)
  • hiachu uke (side arm block)
  • gedan uke (low block)

Basic stances

  • kiba dachi (horse stance)
  • zen kutsu dachi (front stance)
  • ko kutsu dachi (back stance)
  • mitsurin dachi (jungle stance)

2nd stripe

Basic combinations

  • Jab-cross
  • Hook-uppercut

Foot work

  • Step-behind side kick
  • Step-in-front round house
  • Slide-step front kick
  • Exchange leg front kick

Judo falls

  • Osoto gari (large outer reap)
  • Ogoshi (large hip throw)

Ippon #1

3rd stripe

Improved combination work and footwork

Ippon #2

Taezu #1

Tai Kyoku Kumi

Hiza guruma (knee wheel)

Recite dojo kun

Self-defenses

  1. Same-side wrist grab
  2. Opposite-side wrist grab
  3. Two-hand grab on one hand
  4. One hand grabs each hand

Physical requirements

  • 10 pushups
  • 20 sit-ups
  • 25 jump rope
  • kick to knee level