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Belt Level Curriculum

One of the strongest aspects of our martial arts studio is the comprehensive belt level curriculum we have in place to guide students down a well-rounded path to and beyond black belt. Students enrolled in our school practice the essential components of practical self-defense, protective blocking, powerful striking, traditional forms and vigorous kicking in every class. Board breaking skills are customarily evaluated at belt tests and occasionally practiced in regular classes. Sparring class is open to students who have attained a rank of high-yellow belt and up.

The four basic blocks are some of the first defensive techniques that a white belt will learn. The most common stances and positions will be introduced in the very first lesson. Simple punches and elbow strikes are also taught at the beginner level. As a student progresses through months and years of training, more advanced blocks, strikes and stances will be introduced in a sequential order. The belt level at which each strike is taught is closely aligned with the WTF-approved form associated with that belt level.

Forms are a choreographed fighting sequence against an imaginary opponent. Practicing forms can aid a student in developing proper technique, coordination and self-control and, with dedicated training and concentration; they become a beautiful visual expression of the martial art itself. At the white belt level, the form is basic and highlights the importance of following a pattern, proper long stances, target and timing. Each belt level is assigned an increasingly more intricate form that must be memorized in order to advance to the next rank.

As a white belt, the five required self-defense scenarios are simple and short. Aside from the proper execution of the techniques, there is an emphasis on correct timing, distance management, hand-eye coordination, and quick reflexes. During the beginner and intermediate phases of training (white belt through high-green belt), all of the belt level self-defenses are based on very traditional stances, blocks and strikes with increasingly difficult footwork and upper-body maneuvers. The attacks become more complex as a student rises in rank. Moving into the advanced self-defenses (blue belt through high-red belt), a student will encounter purely practical self-defenses that require knowledge of pressure points, joint locks, throws and knock-out techniques. When a student reaches the Black Belt level, self-defenses will involve multiple attackers and weapons.

Students are often reminded about the five general steps of self-defense should they ever be in precarious circumstances outside the studio:
  1. Recognize potentially dangerous situations by staying focused and alert at all times.
  2. Avoid the threat by removing yourself from the danger before it becomes serious.
  3. Escape by whatever means necessary, possibly by running.
  4. Sacrifice your belongings and personal property in order to avoid a physical confrontation.
  5. Defend yourself whole-heartedly as a last resort.
The best martial artists never become involved in a fistfight because they are trained to use their brains and tongues in clever ways to make sure that they stay away from any negative situations.

Of all the martial arts, Taekwondo is the most well known for its kicks. At the white belt level, the four basic kicks are practiced in a variety of ways to form a solid foundation from which to proceed. Students quickly progress into jumping kicks, spinning kicks, flying kicks and elaborate combinations. It might surprise you to realize that movie star/martial artist Bruce Lee took advantage of the powerful and devastating kicks found in Taekwondo in order to produce some of his most exhilarating fight scenes.

For students who demonstrate a desire to compete, we employ a very successful sparring curriculum beginning with simple footwork, fundamental stances and a basic understanding of the rules. Students who advance to the intermediate level are exposed to attacking drills, countering drills, and essential kicking combinations. Upon reaching the blue belt level, the significance of ring management, styles of fighting, and other advanced topics are practiced and discussed.