Our Youth Taijutsu program is not about memorizing sequences of moves or partner choreography. Instead, we want to see that you can effectively apply the various concepts from class and that you are improving between belts.
To this end, every belt consists of five parts –
Show us you can throw skilled strikes as well as defend against a striker.
Show us you can put your opponent off their feet and safely be taken off of yours.
Show us that you can handle yourself on the ground, getting back to your feet, or controlling your opponent.
Show us you can defend yourself from these unique situations.
Fight Simulation Crucible
In this round, your partners will change every 60 seconds and are allowed to attack you in whatever manner they choose.
Note: Depending on what the instructors see each round, they may ask you to demonstrate specific concepts.
The first four sections (striking, takedowns, grappling, self-defense) of the test will last between one and three minutes to allow the instructor a chance to see everything they need to. The fifth round (Fight Simulation Crucible) duration depends on your current belt rank.
|Belt Rank||Crucible Time|
|White Belt||3 Minutes|
|Blue Belt||4 Minutes|
|Red Belt||5 Minutes|
|Green Belt||6 Minutes|
|Brown Belt||7 Minutes|
|Black Belts||See Adult Ranks|
Becoming an Adult Student
On your 13th birthday or upon earning your Youth Black Belt, you will be moved into the adult class and will start testing as an adult. This means belts you earn will no longer have the white stripe running their length but will be solid in color.
If you have earned your Youth Black Belt, it will have a white stripe running its length. You will continue to wear this belt even though you are in the adult class. Each time you test for an adult rank, the stripe on your new youth black belt will represent the color of your adult rank until you earn your adult black belt.