Recommended Black Belt Curriculum

Dear Black Belt Candidate:

It has been my greatest pleasure to be able to have over 350 students graduate to the level of Black Belt.  And in the last 25 years of doing so, I have learned a great many things about what it takes to become a great Black Belt and to make this moment in your life a very memorable one for you and your family.  I want this day to be a success for you.  Here are a few tips to help you with that:

  1. Your training will require your undivided attention and your maximum energy level in every class.  You should not need instructor motivation for training at your best in class.
  2. Don’t let the Recommended Phase become a hassle: It’s a minimum commitment of 8 months for Juniors and 6 months for adults to achieve 1st Degree Black Belt but if it takes 8 or 10 months that OK.  It’s about the journey, not the time it takes to get there.
  3. The instructors are not here to push you to become more committed to Black Belt; they are here to help you review and become prepared for your testing.
  4. You must choose between 2 levels of Black Belt Training.
  • Black Belt: Requires completing the minimum requirements to achieve the Black Belt in the quickest and easiest way possible without necessarily expanding your potential. Requires the minimum required attention and energy level. The Result: A beautiful Black Belt to wear around your waist.
  • Black Belt Excellence: Requires completing the requirements to your highest level possible and taking every moment, as if it is the last moment, you have to train. It means committing yourself to create an unprecedented future and limitless possibilities as a Black Belt -- not only in Martial Arts, but in life.  The Result: A beautiful experience and a memory that will last you forever.

The choice is yours...
"Doing more things right is no substitute for doing the right thing."

Your Black Belt exam is a mirror of your life. Everything in your life is only as important as you make it. There are opportunities everywhere in your life that allow you to make decisions, to take them, or ignore them. There are moments to take advantage of and there are moments to waste, moments to obey all negative thoughts, or to fight them and do the right thing. The right thing is to give your all at any given moment. The right thing is to demonstrate an attitude of respect, honor and indomitable spirit during all practices of Black Belt training or your life.

  • curriculum
  • Black belt boot camps
  • board break options
  • testing reuirements
  • strength and endurance standards
  • our relationship
  • how to approach your testing
  • daily practice
  • advice for a successful test


This is an overall view of the curriculum you need to test for Black Belt.  Before you test for your 2nd Phase of Recommended Black Belt you need to have a Level 3 Competency of the entire curriculum.  This first step can take 4-8 months depending upon your competency in the curriculum and the training effort you've put in.

Before you test for your 3rd Phase of Recommended Black Belt you need to have a Level 4 Mastery of the entire curriculum.  This step can take 2-4 months depending upon your competency in the curriculum and the training effort you've put in.

The last phase to test for your Black Belt should only take 2 months because of the time and dedication you've put into the process up to this point.

Level 1 - I'm starting to understand this, but I'm still confused and need help.
Level 2 (Understanding) - I can do this with help or an example to look at.
Level 3 (Competency) - I understand and I can do this on my own.
Level 4 (Mastery) - I am confident and I can teach someone how to do this!

Hand Techniques

Single Punch Series (Jab, Cross, Lead Hook)- video
Two Punch Series (All 6 Series)- video
Boxing Set 1 - 9 w/Doubles and Kicks - video
2:30 (Jab + Overhand, Hook, or Uppercut)
Jab, Jab, Cross (Moving Forward)
Plant Cross
Hands and Footwork Drill (Inverted T)- video
With Movement and Random Order
Palm Strikes - video
Hammer Fist
Buzzsaw - video
Ali Shuffle - video
Forward Elbows - video
Reverse Elbows - video
Upward Elbows
Down Elbows


Front Shoulder
Rear Shoulder
Single Lapel Grab
Double Lapel Grab
Single Wrist Grab- video
Double Wrist Grab- video
2 on 1 Wrist Grab- video
Cross Wrist Grab- video
Double High Wrist Grab- video
Front Choke
Rear Choke
Single Hand Front Choke
Bear Hug
Front Head Lock
Side Head Lock
Punch Defense
Hair Grab

Escrima Sticks

Strikes 1-7 (both sides)  - video
Single X - video
Double Horseshoe- video
Double Stick (High, High, Low, Low)
Double X
Double Inverted Horseshoe
Heaven Six - video
Earth Six - video
Odd Six - video
Even Six - video

Kicking Techniques

Turn Kicks (Round, Side, Hook)
Back Leg Front Kick
Switch Round Kick
Knee (Lead Stepping, Back Leg, Switch)
Step Kicks (Side - video, Hook, Round- video)
Skip Kicks (Side - video, Hook- video, Round- video)
Jump Spin Side Kick
Double Kick Set (Round-Round / Side-Side / Side-Round / Round-Side / Hook-Round)
Spin Side Kick - video
Jump Front Kick - video
Pump Kicks (Side, Round, Hook)
Front Leg (pick up) Kicks (Round - video, Side- video, Hook- video)
Lateral Kicks (Round, Side, Hook)
Axe Kicks (In-to-Out & Out-to-In)
Crescent Kick (In-to-Out & Out-to-In) - video
Bicycle Kicks

Sparring Techniques

Head Movement (Slip Drill)
Sparring Set
Force Blocks
• Students bow to each other before and after each match.
• Students face one another and practice their kicks, punches and blocks in sparring combinations without making physical contact.
• Techniques are thrown with light contact to areas above the waist and below the neck, but not to the back side.
• Hands are to be kept up in the defense position so that a technique does not accidentally make contact with the torso or head.
• When a student steps out of the designated area, the action stops, students return to the center and bow again before any action resumes. The same process occurs if one or both.
• Any time there is a visible distress to either student, a break in action is to be taken to give time to recover.
• Students build confidence through sparring because they can improve their skill with regards to striking, evading, blocking, timing, etc. in a controlled/respectful environment.
• Sparring will only be practiced when an instructor is present and at the risk of the one who’s sparring.
• To develop one’s self control is to develop into a true Martial Artist Sparring partners are responsible for the physical health of their partner at all times.
• If two students of different belt rank spar against each other, the higher belt rank must spar down to the level of the lower.
• If two students are of different strength spar each other, the stronger of the two must spar down to the level of the other.

Extra Kicking Sets

Step up left leg round kick, right leg fake front kick pivot round kick, tight leg step up double round kick, left leg turn round kick, spinning hook kick, double punch.
Back leg front kick, right leg jumping front kick, left leg turn round kick, right leg spin side kick, double punch.
Step up left leg axe kick, right leg turn round kick, right leg step up hook kick, re-chamber chamber right leg round kick, spinning side kick, double punch.
Any previous combinations.