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Testing Criteria and Timeline


The following timeline is based on a student who comes to class three days a week and practices at home. First and foremost, the student must know the material in order to be promoted. Thereafter, a minimum timeline is also mandatory part of testing protocol. Patience is a virtue. This timeline and All promotions are decided by Master Walton.


1st Promotion - Hachi Kyu

Upper Body Basics. Must be able to do the fifteen upper body basics and count to ten in Japanese. If the student is less than eight years old, it is acceptable to complete the upper body basics with minimal assistance. Receive one yellow stripe.

Timeline: 1 Month Minimum and 10 classes


2nd Promotion - Shichi Kyu

Lower Body Kicks. Must be able to name and preform all nine basic kicks. If the student is less than eight years old, it is acceptable to complete the kicks with minimal assistance. Receive one yellow stripe.

Timeline: 1 Month Minimum  and 10 classes from Time of Last Promotion


3rd Promotion - Roko Kyu

Seisan Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan Kata in front of the class with an instructor. Receive one yellow stripe. Timeline: 1 Month Minimum and ten classes from Time of Last Promotion


4th Promotion - Go Kyu - YELLOW BELT

Seisan Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan Kata in front of class (with minimal help from an instructor).

Timeline: 1 Month Minimum  and 10 classes from Time of Last Promotion


5th Promotion - Go Kyu

Seisan Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan Kata in front of class (with minimal help from an instructor).
Timeline: 2 Month Minimum and 20 classes from Time of Last Promotion


6th Promotion - Go Kyu
Seisan Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan Kata in front of class (with verbal help from an instructor).
Timeline: 2 Month Minimum and 20 classes from Time of Last Promotion


7th Promotion - Go Kyu
Seisan Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan Kata in front of class without help.
Timeline: 2 Month Minimum and 20 classes from Time of Last Promotion


8th Promotion - Go Kyu - GREEN BELT
Seisan Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan Kata in front of class without help. Must know names of and be able to preform all upper body basics and kicks. Student may be required to spar multiple opponents.
Timeline: 2 Month Minimum and 20 classes from Time of Last Promotion


9th Promotion - Yon Kyu
Seisan Kata & Seiuchen Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan Kata in front of class without help and Seiuchen Kata with assistance.  
Timeline: 3 Month Minimum and 30 classes from Time of Last Promotion


10th Promotion - Yon Kyu
Seisan, Seiuchen, & Naihache Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan and Seiuchen Kata in front of class without help and Naihache Kata with assistance.  
Timeline: 3 Month Minimum and 30 classes from Time of Last Promotion


11th Promotion - Yon Kyu
Seisan, Seiuchen,  Naihache, & Wansu Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan, Seiuchen, and Naihache  Kata in front of class without help and Wansu Kata with assistance.  
Timeline: 3 Month Minimum and 30 classes from Time of Last Promotion


12th Promotion - San Kyu - BROWN BELT
Seisan, Seiuchen,  Naihache, & Wansu Kata. Must be able to preform Seisan, Seiuchen, Naihache, and Wansu Kata in front of class without help, as well as spar with multiple opponents.  
Timeline: 6 Month Minimum and 60 classes from Time of Last Promotion


13th Promotion - Ni Kyu
Seisan, Seiuchen,  Naihache, Wansu, & Chinto Kata. Must be able to preform all katas up to Chinto in front of class without assistance.  
Timeline: 6 Month Minimum and 60 classes from Time of Last Promotion


14th Promotion - Ichi Kyu
Seisan, Seiuchen,  Naihache, Wansu, Chinto, & Ku San Ku Kata. Must be able to preform all katas up to Ku San Ku in front of class without assistance.  
Timeline: 6 Month Minimum and 60 classes from Time of Last Promotion


15th Promotion - Shodan - BLACK BELT
All Katas, terminology and history from day one. Bunkai for katas. Sparring multiple opponents. Written test and performance test in front of KIAI board (KIAI testing fees will apply).
Timeline: 6 Month Minimum and 60 classes from Time of Last Promotion.. Masters discretion!



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