Black Belt requirements

Kid Martial Arts Curriculum

The following are black belt requirements for students to master in order to earn black belt at GB Martial Arts. 

Life Skills

I teach one of the following topics in classes leading up to belt testing.  These lessons are presented mainly to introduce ideas and create a jumping off point for moms/dads to expand upon.  At black belt testing students will be asked to submit written definitions and/or examples of each.


  • Confidence – Often defined simply as “believing in yourself”.  At the dojo we role play a “shy kid vs super kid” to illustrate in a dramatic way the difference confidence makes.   This one lesson is the basis for all the other life skills.


  • Personal safety  –  I present this topic in 3 parts with one of them as an “at home” discussion w/ Mom & Dad.  The main idea is that we all have to think for ourselves when there is a safety risk.  The scenario is that the kids are with friends without an adult present and are confronted with a potentially dangerous situation.  We talk about 2 examples so the kids know how to spot them – kids playing with fire and also what to do if they come across a weapon (ie; BB gun, firearm, knife, etc) at someone’s home.  The action items are siimple and easy to remember – say “No Thanks” and leave to get an adult.


The portion to be covered with you and your child at home is about Child Predators.  The kids don’t need to necessarily hear about “predators” but just know there are bad people in this world.  If anyone (except mom/dad or their doctor) asks to see, show, or touch private body parts they should know to say “no thanks”, leave the area immediately, and tell you.


  • Dealing with Bullies – I cover this topic by first explaining what a bully is and what they hope for (which is a big reaction).  My lesson on bullies teaches the kids to use a 3 T approach if they are the target – Talk | Tell | and Tackle.  And although not every kid will be targeted almost everyone will see some level of bullying of others.  So we relate back to our lesson on confidence and how they should to do the right thing by being friendly to the kid being bullied + getting an adult to help.


  • Goal setting – We talk about defining goals and use our belt system as an example.


  • Positive Thinking  – We talk about the power of positive thinking, dealing with setbacks, and learning from mistakes to grow and improve.


  • Respect – We discuss the value of showing respect to others who we appreciate.


  • Integrity –  the kids usually define as “doing the right thing even when nobody else is looking”.



Techniques – stances and moving

·         fighting posture

·         stand up to balanced fighting posture

·         moving in fighting posture

·         blocking – single and double turtle blocks

·         slipping/ducking punches

·         general blocks


Techniques – striking

·         hammer fists

·         palm strikes

·         elbow strikes

·         jab punch

·         straight cross punch

·         hook punch

·         uppercut punch


Techniques – kicks

NOTE – student should be able to execute all kicks in a standing (usually the front leg of fighting posture), stepping (the rear leg of fighting posture), and slide up variations.

·         front kick thrusting

·         front kick upward

·         side kick

·         leg roundhouse kick

·         back kick

·         knee strike


Techniques – takedowns and throws

·         breaking a fall

·         forward roll

·         backward roll


·         outer leg trip/throw

·         hip throw (aka – tornado hip throw)

·         rear beer hug takedown

·         low single leg takedown


Jiu Jitsu – defense on ground

·         hip escape across the mat

·         escape side pin using hip escape and stand to base

·         escape side pin using hip escape and move to guard position


·         escape mount pin using bridge and roll

·         escape mount pin using elbow/knee (variation hip escape)


·         escape rear mount



Jiu Jitsu – offense on ground

·         break open an opponents’ closed guard


·         pass opponent’s guard using double under pass

·         pass opponent’s guard using bullfighter pass


·         scissor sweep from guard position to gain mount pin

·         flower sweep from guard position to gain mount pin


·         5 minutes grappling from knees with a partner to pin positions (5 seconds pinned means start over from knees)


Stand up sparring

·         combination attacks on punching bags – slide up kick, jab/cross/hook, stepping roundhouse

·         standing striking/kick sparring with coach (coach has boxing mit stick)


Self Defense situations

·         defend against punches – turtle block, clinch and move to rear bear hug takedown

·         defend against a front kick or roundhouse – general block to grab opponents leg and takedown

·         defend against a side kick – pluck it and move to grab their back for takedown

·         defend front strangle – trunk twist w/ double hammer fists to remove choke

·         defend rear strangle – pluck hands off neck and back kick

·         defend rear bear hug – base low and wide, swing hips to one side and use elbows and hammer fists to free the hug

·         defend a standing headlock – protect against punches and lock up opponent’s arms; reach up opponents back and grab front of face to pull back his head

·         defend against punching opponent who is in mount position (kneeling across your chest)


Traditional kata of Chun Kuk Do karate

·         demonstrate a minimum of 5 kata routines with mind:body focus & power  (blocking kata, gi cho hyung yi bu sam gup, pyong on cho dan, yi dan, sa dan, o dan, basai, ufaf1, ufaf2)


Traditional Weapons

·         demonstrate knowledge of 1 weapon’s history and basic usage in blocking and striking  (kids are taught basic bo staff, escrima sticks, and nunchaku during classes)



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