North Texas Karate Academy

American Karate

Belt Rank

Beginner Ranks

White

Gold

Orange

Intermediate Ranks

Green

Blue

Purple

Advanced Ranks

Low Brown

High Brown

Red

Black

Time Requirements for Belt Advancement

All Adult students may test sooner after Purple belt on case by case depending on attendance and teaching time. These Adult students will be disscused with Adult Black Belt board and Master Starnes before  Adult student will be allowed to test.

White Belt to Gold - Anytime

Gold Belt to Orange- 2 months

Orange Belt to Green - 3 months

Green Belt to Blue - 3 months

Blue Belt to Purple- 6 months

Purple Belt to Low Brown- 6 months

Low Brown Belt to High Brown- 6 months

High Brown Belt to Red- 6 months

Red Belt to 1st Degree Black-  9 months

1st Degree Black Belt to 2nd Degree Black - 2 years (Adults)

Youth Black Belt ( Black Belt w/ white stripe) 12 years old and Under

Jr. Black Belt ( Soild Black Belt) 13 -17 years old 

Adult Black Belt (Soild Black Belt) 18years- above

Youth & Jr. Black Belts will be welcome to sit in on Black Belt Board meetings although Jr. Black Belts will have No votes until they become 18 years of age.

As of Sept. 1st 2010 All Youth and Jr. Black Belts will be required the following:

1st degree black - 2nd degree black belt  3 years

2nd degree black - 3rd degree black belt 4 years

2nd Degree Black Belt to 3rd Degree Black- 3 years (Adults)

All Youth, Jr. and Adult Black Belts will have an 18 month probation period before Black Belt certificate will be presented.

NORTH TEXAS KARATE ACADEMY

Gold Belt Requirements
IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!

Age will be a consideration as to balance, timing, attention span, and coordination


SELF DEFENSES/ KICKS & PUNCHES
Red Stripe

One Handed Wrist Grab
Front Choke
Rear Choke
Full Nelson
Front Bear Hug
Defensive & Offensive Side Kick
Reverse Punch

White Stripe

Rear Bear Hug
Standing Head Lock Punch
One Handed Arm Bar
Two Handed Arm Bar
Defensive & Offensive Roundhouse Kick
Rear Hand Ridge Hand

Blue Stripe

Pro Choke
Pinned on Back
Push or Shove
One & Two Handed Lapel Grab
Defensive & Offensive Front Snap Kick
Back Fist
Lead Hand Jab

Orange Belt Requirements

2 months AND IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!

Age will be a consideration as to balance, timing, attention span, and coordination
Red Stripe

High Block
Low Block
One Handed Wrist Grab
Front Choke
Rear Choke
Full Nelson
Front Bear Hug
Defensive & Offensive Side Kick
Reverse Punch

White Stripe

Inside Block
Outside Block
Rear Bear Hug
Standing Head Lock Punch
One Handed Arm Bar
Two Handed Arm Bar
Defensive & Offensive Roundhouse Kick
Rear Hand Ridge Hand
Sparring (need sparring gear)

Blue Stripe

Lunge Punch
Pro Choke
Pinned on Back
Push or Shove
One & Two Handed Lapel Grab
Defensive & Offensive Front Snap Kick
Back Fist
Lead Hand Jab
Sparring (need sparring gear)

SPARRING
Touch contact with equipment. Sparring 2 matches minimum.
Extra sparring may be required, with higher belts testing for their rank. Your grade could be decided at the portion of the exam if you on the borderline grade wise. Safety gear must be worn. Winning or losing is not the determining factor, but the types of techniques and attitude used.
People 38 years old and older have the option on number of fights.
(Ex-Fighter)




Green Belt Requirements

3 mouths AND IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!
Age will be a consideration as to balance, timing, attention span, and coordination 

Red Stripe
½ To-San up thru and including fourth outside block and punch .
(proper stances, chambers, folks and power) (If not done properly, No stripe will be awarded).
One Handed Wrist Grab
Front Choke
Rear Choke
Full Nelson
Front Bear Hug
Defensive & Offensive Side Kick
Reverse Punch
Front Leg Heel Rake
Spinning Heel Rake

White Stripe

 2nd ½ To-San performs all of TO-SAN. (proper stances, chambers, folks and power)
(If not done properly, No stripe will be awarded).

Rear Bear Hug
Standing Head Lock Punch
One Handed Arm Bar
Two Handed Arm Bar
Defensive & Offensive Roundhouse Kick
Rear Hand Ridge Hand
Turn Kick
Blue Stripe

 To-San
Pro Choke
Pinned on Back
Push or Shove
One & Two Handed Lapel Grab
Defensive & Offensive Front Snap Kick
Back Fist
Lead Hand Jab

SPARRING
Touch contact with equipment. Sparring 3 matches minimum. And, One 2 on 1 minimum.
Extra sparring may be required, with higher belts testing for their rank. Your grade could be decided at the portion of the exam if you on the borderline grade wise. Safety gear must be worn. Winning or losing is not the determining factor, but the types of techniques and attitude used.
People 38 years old and older have the option on number of fights.
(Ex-Fighter)

Blue Belt Requirements

3 months AND IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!
Age will be a consideration as to balance, timing, attention span, and coordination
Red Stripe

All To-San (proper stances, chambers, folks and power) (If not done properly, No stripe will be awarded).
½ WON-HYO up to and including stepping up spear hand.
One Handed Wrist Grab
Front Choke
Rear Choke
Full Nelson
Front Bear Hug
Defensive & Offensive Side Kick
Reverse Punch
Front Leg Heel Rake
Spinning Heel Rake
Crescent Kicks
White Stripe

 To-San
All Won-Hyo
Rear Bear Hug
Standing Head Lock Punch
One Handed Arm Bar
Two Handed Arm Bar
Defensive & Offensive Roundhouse Kick
Rear Hand Ridge Hand
Turn Kick 
Blue Stripe
To-San
Won-Hyo
Pro Choke
Pinned on Back
Push or Shove
One & Two Handed Lapel Grab
Defensive & Offensive Front Snap Kick
Back Fist
Lead Hand Jab

All Katas proper stances, chambers, folks and power) (If not done properly, No stripe will be awarded).
ALL SELF DEFENSES AND KICK & PUNCHES
Combinations with hand and kicks
Power kicks with resistance (Bag Work)

Sparring
Touch contact with equipment. Sparring 5 matches minimum. And, One 2 on 1 minimum.
Extra sparring may be required, with higher belts testing for their rank. Your grade could be decided at this portion of the exam if you on the borderline grade wise. Safety gear must be worn. Winning or losing is not the determining factor, but the types of techniques and attitude used. People 38 years old and older have the option on number of fights. (Ex-Fighter)

Purple Belt Requirements

6 months AND IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!
Combinations with hands and kicks
Power kicks with resistance.
KICKS
All head high

Red Stripe

To-San
Won-Hyo
½ Yul-Kok up to and including the 1st sidekick elbow strike
Red Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Side Kick
Reverse Punch
Front Leg Heel Rake
Spinning Heel Rake
Crescent Kicks
Spinning Crescent
 

White Stripe
To-San
Won-Hyo
All Yul-Kok
White Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Roundhouse Kick
Rear Hand Ridge Hand
Turn Kick
Jump Roundhouse Kick 

Blue Stripe
To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
Blue Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Front Snap Kick
Back Fist
Lead Hand Jab
Jump Side Kick
All Katas proper stances, chambers, folks and power) (If not done properly, No stripe will be awarded)
ORAL PRESENTATION AND RESUME
Be prepared for a verbal presentation on any topic in the martial arts. You will also need to include a resume that lists karate related accomplishments, assisted teachings, assistance provided during belt exams, seminars, demonstrations, and community services.
ONE STEP SPARRING
Minimum 8 different.

SPARRING
Touch contact with equipment. Sparring 6 single matches and One 2 on 1 minimum.
Extra sparring may be required, with higher belts testing for their rank. Your grade could be decided at the portion of the exam if you on the borderline grade wise. Safety gear must be worn. Winning or losing is not the determining factor, but the types of techniques and attitude used. People 38 years old and older have the option on number of fights. (Ex-Fighter)

Low Brown Belt Requirements

6 months AND IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!
Combinations with hand and kicks
Power kicks with resistance. All Katas proper stances, chambers, folks and power) (If not done properly, No stripe will be awarded)
Kicks All head high- Any kick jumping. All head high
Red Stripe

To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
½ Wah-Rang up to and including the 2nd punch Kye
Red Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Side Kick
Reverse Punch
Front Leg Heel Rake
Spinning Heel Rake
Crescent Kicks
Spinning Crescent
 

White Stripe
To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
All Wah-Rang
White Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Roundhouse Kick
Rear Hand Ridge Hand
Turn Kick
Jump Roundhouse Kick 

Blue Stripe
To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
Wah-Rang
Blue Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Front Snap Kick
Back Fist
Lead Hand Jab
Jump Side Kick
Sparring
ORAL PRESENTATION AND RESUME
Be prepared for a verbal presentation on any topic in the martial arts. You will also need to include a resume that lists karate related accomplishments, assisted teachings, assistance provided during belt exams, seminars, tournaments, demonstrations, and community services.

SPARRING
Touch contact with equipment. Sparring 7 single matches and one 2 on 1 minimum.
Extra sparring may be required, with higher belts testing for their rank. Your grade could be decided at the portion of the exam if you on the borderline grade wise. Safety gear must be worn. Winning or losing is not the determining factor, but the types of techniques and attitude used. People 38 years old and older have the option on number of fights (Ex-fighter).

High Brown Belt Requirement

6 months AND IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!
Red Stripe

To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
Wah-Rang
1/3 Chung-Mu up to and including Jump Side Kick and horse stance chop
Red Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Side Kick
Reverse Punch
Front Leg Heel Rake
Spinning Heel Rake
Crescent Kicks
Spinning Crescent
 

White Stripe
To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
Wah-Rang
1/3 Chung-Mu up to and including the Stick Block and Jump
White Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Roundhouse Kick
Rear Hand Ridge Hand
Turn Kick
Jump Roundhouse Kick

Blue Stripe

To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
Wah-Rang
All Chung-Mu
Blue Stripe Self-Defense
Defensive & Offensive Front Snap Kick
Back Fist
Lead Hand Jab
Jump Side Kick
Combinations with hand and kicks
Power kicks with resistance
GUN , KNIFE Defense
ORAL PRESENTATION AND RESUME
Be prepared for a verbal presentation on any topic in the martial arts. You will also need to include a resume that lists karate related accomplishments, assisted teachings, assistance provided during belt exams, seminars, tournaments, demonstrations, and community services.

SPARRING
Touch contact with equipment. Sparring 8 single matches and one 2 on 1 minimum.
Extra sparring may be required, with higher belts testing for their rank. Your grade could be decided at the portion of the exam if you on the borderline grade wise. Safety gear must be worn. Winning or losing is not the determining factor, but the types of techniques and attitude used. People 38 years old and older have the option on number of fights (Ex-fighter)

Red Belt Requirements

6 months AND IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!
Combinations with hand and kicks
Power kicks with resistance
KICKS
All head high- Any kick jumping. All head high
All Self-Defense and Basic Kicks and Punches

Red Stripe

To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
Wah-Rang
Chung-Mu
1/3 American Form
Front Leg Heel Rake
Spinning Heel Rake
Crescent Kicks
Spinning Crescent

White Stripe

To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
Wah-Rang
Chung-Mu
1/3 American Form
Turn Kick
Jump Roundhouse Kick 

Blue Stripe
To-San
Won-Hyo
Yul-Kok
Wah-Rang
Chung-Mu
All American Form
Jump Side Kick
Combinations with hand and kicks
Power kicks with resistance
GUN , KNIFE Defense
ORAL PRESENTATION AND RESUME
Be prepared for a verbal presentation on any topic in the martial arts. You will also need to include a resume that lists karate related accomplishments, assisted teachings, assistance provided during belt exams, tournaments, seminars, demonstrations, and community services.

SPARRING
Touch contact with equipment. Sparring 9 single matches and one 2 on 1 minimum.
Extra sparring may be required, with higher belts testing for their rank. Your grade could be decided at the portion of the exam if you on the borderline grade wise. Safety gear must be worn. Winning or losing is not the determining factor, but the types of techniques and attitude used. People 38 years old and older have the option on number of fights (Ex-fighter).


1st Degree Black Belt

 9 month AND IF MR. STARNES FEELS YOU ARE READY TO TEST!!!!!!!

A candidate for Black Belt is graded ½ on personal character and ½ on physical ability. Age will be a consideration as to balance, timing, attention span, and co-ordination.
ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS WILL TEST AS A JUNIOR BLACK BELT.

FORMS
TO-SAN
WON-HYO
YUL-KOK
WAH-RANG
CHUNG-MU
AMERICAN FORM

FORMS MAKE UP PHASE 1 OF TEST. ALL FORMS MUST BE 100% OF CANDIDATE’S ABILITY - AS BLACK BELT BOARD SEES IT.

TYPEWRITTEN HISTORY

Resume including accomplishments in karate, your goals, and why you should be a candidate for Black Belt

TOURNAMENTS
Candidate must have competed in 12 tournaments by the time they are ready to test for Black Belt. Tournament attendance should begin now. Tournaments must be documented in resume.
SPARRING
15-2 minute rounds with 1 minute rest in between rounds. Rounds 7 and 14 are 2 opponents on 1. At any time the board has the option to stop the testing if the board feels either the candidate is in danger, or stops fighting. Should the board stop the fight the result is failure. People 38 years old and up have option on number of fights.

PROBATION PERIOD
A new Black Belt must be active for 18 months after a test, attending class, belt exams, and Black Belt meetings. If not active the result will be demotion to Red Belt.

SPECIAL NOTE
Junior Black Belt under the age of 18 cannot test for 2nd degree Black Belt for 3 years and do not vote as a member Black Belt.

TEACHING REQUIRMENTS
Minimum 150 documented hours



SELF DEFENSE

1. ONE HANDED WRIST GRAB
a. PULL HAND AWAY FROM BETWEEN
THUMB AND FINGERS
b. BACK FIST
c. REVERSE PUNCH
d. KNEE GROIN AND SWEEP

2. FRONT CHOKE
a. DROP INTO FIGHTING STANCE
b. SPEAR HAND TO THROAT
c. KNEE GRION AND SWEEP

3. REAR CHOKE
a. STEP TO SIDE
b. WRAP ATTACKER’S ARMS WITH ONE OF YOURS
c. TURN
d. PUNCH TO STOMACH
e. PUNCH TO HEAD
f. KNEE GROIN AND SWEEP

4. FRONT BEAR HUG
a. STOMP ATTACKERS FOOT
b. HEEL PALM TO LOWER RIB CAGE
c. KNEE GROIN AND SWEEP

5. REAR BEAR HUG
a. FIND ATTACKER’S HIP
b. STOMP ATTACKER’S FOOT
c. ELBOW TO RIBS
d. OVER THE HIP TAKE DOWN

6. STANDING HEAD LOCK
a. HAND PROTECTS FACE
b. OTHER HAND PULLS UP ATTACKER’S CHIN AND STAND UP STRAIGHT
c. RIDGHAND TO GROIN
d. HIT THE OTHER HAND THAT IS ON CHIN
e. AFTER STRIKING CHIN GRAP ATTACKER’S SHIRT ( SHOULDER) KEEP OTHER HAND ON CHIN.
f. SWICH FEET AND TAKE DOWN.


7. ONE HANDED ARM BAR
a. LUNGE PUNCH FORWARD WITH FREE HAND
b. GRAB ATTACKER’S WRIST WITH OTHER HAND
c. SIDE KICK TO ATTACKER’S RIBS
d. KNEE AND SWEEP


8. TWO HANDED ARM BAR
a. HIT ATTACKER’S ELBOW
b. ELBOW TO RIBS
c. OVER THE HIP TAKE DOWN

9. PRO CHOKE
a. HIT ATTACKER’S ELBOW AND GET A BREATH
b. ELBOW TO RIBS
c. OVER THE HIP TAKE DOWN

10. PINNED ON BACK
a. RIGHT KNEE UP
b. BRING RIGHT ARM TO SIDE
c. KNEE ATTACKER’S HIP WITH LEFT KNEE AND ROLL ON TOP
d. HAMMER FIST TO GROIN, STOMACH
e. PUNCH TO FACE
f. STOMP TO FACE

11. PUSH OR SHOVE
a. HANDS UP AND BACK AWAY
b. FRONT KICK TO GROIN
c. KNEE AND SWEEP

12. ONE & TWO HANDED LAPEL GRAP
a. DROP INTO LOW FIGHTING STANCE (FRONT KNEE IS ON SAME SIDE AS ATTACKER’S GRABBING HAND)
b. CUP HANDS OVER INSIDE OF ATTACKERS ELBOW AND PULL DOWN
c. KNEE AND SWEEP