General Requirements For Belt Levels
AMERICAN KANG DUK WON KARATE
Students who are selected for testing must be able to execute with combat speed all techniques required for the belt for which they are being tested. They are required to know all techniques for any belts below the rank for which they are testing. During testing all techniques must be executed with full speed and power. Persons under 18 years are classified as junior ranks and wear a white stripe on their belt.
White Belt (8th Gyup)
Orange Belt (For person under 13 years)
Chunbi, Horse Stance, Front Stance, Back Stance; Horse Stance Center Punch with Single, Double, and Triple Punches; Kicking Motion; Center Kick, Reverse Crescent Kick, and Crescent Kick; Basic forms 1-6; Palgay One (1st eight moves); Basic Self-Defense Techniques.
Yellow Belt (7th Gyup)
Horse stance, Front Stance, Back Stance; Horse Stance Center Punch with Single, Double, and Triple Punches; Kicking Motion: Center Kick, Reverse Crescent Kick, Crescent Kick; Basic Forms 1-12, Palgay 1; Basic Self-Defense Techniques.
Green Belt (6th Gyup)
Basic Forms 1-32; Side Kick; Sparring; Palgay 2; Ippon Kumite Techniques 1-5; History of American Kang Duk Won Karate.
Blue Belt (5th Gyup)
Palgay 3; Turning Kicks; Roundhouse Kicks; Skip Kicks.
Purple Belt (4th Gyup)
Palgay 4; Flying Kicks; Advanced Self-Defense Techniques; Ippon Kumite Techniques 6-10: Participation in AKDWK Tournament: Attendance at AKDWK Camp.
Brown Belt (3rd Gyup)
Palgay 5; 500 Word Written Paper* on, "What American Kang Duk Won Means To Me" (Essay Guidelines), Self-Defense against Weapons.
Brown Belt (2nd Gyup - Black Stripe)
Palgay 6; Self-Defense against more than one opponent.
Brown Belt (1st Gyup - 2 Black Stripes)
Palgay 7; Sparring more than one opponent.
Brown Belt (1st Gyup - 3 Black Stripes)
Given to persons who are being considered for Black Belt Testing.
Black Belt (1st Degree)
Palgay 8; Old Koryo; New Koryo; Chulgi 1; Martial Arts Weapon Form; Position Paper on Karate* (1,000 words) (Essay Guidelines); Sparring multiple opponents; Knowledge of the history of the martial arts.
*Position paper not required for Junior Ranks. Instead, martial arts related readings and research theme will be completed. A community centered leadership project will also be fulfilled within a designated period of timeas advised by the Director of the class.
"General Requirements For Belt Levels" is an excerpt from American Kang Duk Won KARATE by Robert C. Lawlor and Frank A. Palumbo, Jr.
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