Advancement Information
The World Yoshukai Karate Kobudo Organization uses seven belt colors: white, yellow-stripe, yellow, blue, green, brown, and black. Once a student tests to yellow, there are two degrees within each rank (e.g. a student will test to 1st degree yellow and then 2nd degree yellow before testing to 1st degree blue). Below is a general explanation of the expectations of each belt rank, followed by the testing requirements each student must know before being allowed to test to each rank.

A Note on Attendance: It is expected that students will attend class regularly. Students may test as rapidly as every three months if their attendance and progress is excellent, with the exception of brown belt where there are 6 months (at minimum) between each test. At least 20 classes are required before testing through blue belt. Attendance requirements beyond blue belt are at least 30 classes before testing. In order to test for green belt, the student must have attended at least one WYKKO event (there are 6 each year). Thereafter, the student must have attended one additional WYKKO event per rank (i.e. by 1st degree brown belt the student must have attended at least 4 events). In all cases, eligibility for testing will be determined solely by the Head Instructor and students will be invited to test- they may not request testing.

General Belt Descriptions:

White Belt:
During this belt, students learn the basic principles of blocking, striking, and kicking.  Students learn the upper, center, and lower punches, upper, inside center, outside center, and down blocks, front kick, round kick, side kick, and front stance.

Yellow Stripe Belt:
During this belt, students learn the shoulder punch, pivot punch, and straddle stance as well as the basic principles of fighting and board breaking.  Students further refine the basics that they learned initially as a white belt in preparation for their test to full yellow belt.  This is the only intermediate belt that is recognized by the WYKKO, though there are two tests for each remaining belt.

Yellow Belt:
During this belt, students should learn the crescent kick, jump front kick, flying side kick, forward spin side kick, shin kick, scissor stance, forward stance, knife hand, backfist, palm strike, ridge hand, knee, hammerfist, and elbow strikes, knife hand block, palm heel block, and ridge hand block.

Blue Belt:
During this belt, students should learn the hook kick, axe kick, back spin side kick, parallel stance, cat stance, one-legged stance, crosshand block, backhand block, back hand, spearhand, and bent wrist strikes.  Blue belts should begin to be comfortable with instructing junior belts, and should be capable of leading a warmup session and basic workout.  Blue belts should be able to use the nunchaku in a variety of attacks and blocks.  They should be capable of rolling and falling without injury.

Green Belt:
During this belt, students should learn the tornado kick, spinning back hook kick,  spinning crescent kick, back kick, flying knee strike, jump round kick, jump spinning back hook kick, jump spinning back crescent kick, horse stance, hourglass stance, back stance, and wedge block.  Green belts should be very comfortable with instruction and should be able to direct an entire class period.  They should be able to devise combinations and have a solid grasp of fighting techniques.  They should have some understanding of self-defense techniques and how to take a strike without damage.  They should be able to use the bo and sai for a variety of strikes and blocks against a variety of weapons.

Brown Belt:
During this belt, students should learn drop spin hook kick and bear hand strike.  They should be capable of leading the class for an entire period, including kata instruction.  They should have refinement of their lower-level kata and should be able to take a hard fall or strike without injury.  They should have thorough knowledge of nunchaku, bo, and sai techniques and be able to demonstrate those techniques and devise combinations for them.  They should be proficient in self-defense and capable of devising self-defense combinations.

Shodan:
During this rank, the student should learn the ball-of-foot round kick, double jump front kick, back spinning round kick, double jump crescent kick, bottom-of-heel front kick, twisting kick, and box block.  They should learn precision and perfect control of technique and their motions.


Specific Testing Requirements:
Below is a list of the requirements that you will need to know before you can test to each rank.

First Test:
10th kyu White Belt to 9th kyu Yellow-Stripe Belt
    Forms:      Ni-Ju Shichi No Kata (27 Movements)
    Basic Punches, Blocks, Kicks
    Combinations
Front kick, step forward, round kick, step forward
Round kick, skip sidekick
    8th kyu terminology

Second Test:
9th kyu to 8th kyu Yellow Belt
    Forms:      Kihon Kata Shodan
    Sparring
    Ippon Kumite 1
    Combinations
Front kick, step forward, round kick, step forward
Round kick, skip sidekick
Step forward downblock in boubi shikodachi, reverse punch into zenkutsudachi
    Breaking - 1 hand and 1 foot technique
    8th kyu terminology

    Plus all requirements for previous rank

Third Test:
8th kyu to 7th kyu Yellow Belt
    Forms:    Kihon Kata Nidan
                    Kihon Kata Sandan
    Ippon Kumite 1 & 2
    Combinations
Front leg front kick, back leg front kick, step forward reverse punch
Round kick, step forward, skip sidekick, backfist
Slide forward jab, reverse punch
    Breaking - 2 different foot techniques
    7th kyu terminology
    Plus all requirements for previous rank

Fourth Test:
7th to 6th kyu Blue Belt
    Forms:    Kihon Kata Yondan
                    Zen Shin Kotai
    Ippon Kumite 1-3

    Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Slide forward backfist, reverse punch, round kick
Step forward downblock in boubi shikodachi, reverse punch into zenkutsudachi, spin forward side kick
Outside crescent kick, front kick, step forward
    Breaking - 1 foot and 1 hand and 1 flying side kick or jump front kick
    6th kyu terminology

    Plus all requirements for previous rank

Fifth
Test
:

6th to 5th kyu Blue Belt
    Forms:    Shihohai
                    Kihon Kata (Nunchaku)
    Ippon Kumite 1-4
    Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Front foot round kick, skip side kick, reverse punch
Double round kick, step forward, skip hook kick
Slide forward jab, reverse punch, hook with forward hand, uppercut with back hand
    Breaking - 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique, 1 jump front kick
    5th kyu terminology
   
Plus all requirements for previous rank


Sixth Test:
5th to 4th kyu Green Belt
    Forms:    Seisan
                    Kihon Kata Shodan (Nunchaku)
    Ippon Kumite 1-5
    Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Knee block, back fist, reverse punch, front kick, jump front kick
Slide forward spearhand strike, grab, knee strike, front kick, step forward
Slide forward jab, reverse punch, ridge hand, back spinning side kick
    Breaking - 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique, 1 back spinning kick (crescent, side, hook, etc.)
    4th kyu terminology
    Plus all requirements for previous rank

Seventh Test:
4th kyu to 3rd kyu Green Belt
    Forms:    Kihon Kata Shodan (Bo)
    5 Self Defense Techniques
    Combinations and Slow Motion Kicks
Front kick, spinning back hook kick, round kick (all same foot)
Front kick, flying side kick, reverse punch
Slide back, downblock in  boubi shikodach, backfist, reverse punch into zenkutsudachi, ridge hand, forward spinning hook kick
    Breaking - 2 board back spinning side kick, 2 board side kick, 1 hand technique
    3rd kyu terminology
    Plus all requirements for previous rank

Eighth Test:
3rd kyu to 2nd kyu Brown Belt
    Forms:    Niseishi
                    Kihon Kata Nidan (Bo)
                    Zen Shin Kotai (Sai)
    5 Self Defense Techniques
    Combinations
Slide forward, back fist, step forward, knifehand strike, back spinning backfist
Round kick, tornado kick, backfist, reverse punch
Slide back, outside center block in  boubi shikodach, back fist, reverse punch, front spinning hook kick/round kick, step forward
    Breaking - 2 board side kick, 1 back spinning hook kick, 1 hand technique, 1 flying side or jump front kick
    2nd kyu terminology
    Plus all requirements for previous rank


Ninth Test:
2nd to 1st kyu Brown Belt
    Forms:    Rohai Sho
                    Kihon Kata Sandan (Bo)
                    Shihohai (Sai)
    5 Self Defense Techniques
    Combinations
Round kick, spinning crescent kick, backfist, reverse punch
Grab, step forward, elbow strike, step forward into scissor stance, rolling back fist
Front kick, back kick, forward spinning side kick (all with same leg without putting foot down)
    Breaking - 2 board side kick, 1 back spinning kick, 1 flying side or jump front kick, 1 hand technique
    1st kyu terminology
    Plus all requirements for previous rank


First Degree Black Belt Test:
1st kyu to Shodan
    Forms:    Rohai Sho (Sai)
                    Yoshu (Nunchaku)
    5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
    5 Combinations with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
    Breaking - 2 different hand techniques, 2 board stationary kick, 1 spinning back hook kick, 1 jump front kick
    Shodan terminology

    Plus all requirements for previous rank

Second
Degree Black Belt Test:
Shodan to Nidan
    Forms:      Rohai Dai
                    Tenshin
                    Mugen
                    Bassai
                    Chinto
                    Rohai Dai (Sai)
                    Mugen (Sai)
                    Bassai (Sai)
                    Shounnokon (Bo)
    5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
    5 Combinations
with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)
    Breaking - 2 different stationary kicks, 2 different spinning kicks, 1 jump kick, 1 hand technique
    Nidan terminology
    Plus all requirements for previous rank


Third Degree Black Belt Test
:
Nidan to Sandan
    Forms:    Sochin
                    Yosei No Kata (Sai)
                    Yoshu Dai (Nunchaku)
                    Tensho (Tonfa)
    Bo tai Sai 1-5
    5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
    5 Combinations
with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)

    Breaking - 5 techniques
    Sandan terminology
    Plus all requirements for previous rank


Fourth Degree Black Belt Test
:
Sandan to Yondan
    Forms:    San Shi Ryu
    Bo tai Bo
    Bo tai Sai 6
    Iai 1-6
    5 Self Defense Techniques with 2 attackers
    5 Combinations
with 5 different techniques each (one spinning or jumping kick in each)

    Breaking - 5 techniques
    Yondan terminology
    Plus all requirements for previous rank