Approach and Methodology
We use a stripe method of advancement in order to track a students progression through each rank. Each stripe represents one fourth of their training for that belt level. Once a student receives four black stripes on their belt they have learned the material for that rank. After a few more classes of practice and perfecting the material the student will be invited to an upcoming test.
In order to advance, students will need to be tested on the material learned. Students are expected to show marked improvements in the previous skills and demonstrate the maturity to handle more sophisticated material.
All testing (except Blue and above) is held on Friday nights at 6:00 pm.
Blue Belt and above testing is held on Saturdays or Sundays at 2:00 pm and are scheduled individually with Master Clark.
Testing sessions are run in a manner similar to a class to help the students not feel overwhelmed. However, students are not guaranteed to pass a test simply because they come to testing. Students must perform and meet all challenges in order to advance.
There is a testing fee associated with all tests. We will give a student two chances to pass the test without incurring a second test fee. Testing fees increase as the student advances due to more material being tested. The testing fees includes weapons needed for training in the next rank if that next rank included weapons.
Testing belts and costs are as follows:
Orange (children only): $40.00
Gold and Gold/Black: $50.00
Green and Green/Black: $60.00 (Nun-Chaku included with Green Belt test fee)
Brown and Brown/Black: $70.00 (Escrima Sticks included with Brown Belt test fee)
Red and Red/Black: $80.00 (Jo Staff included with Red Belt test fee)
Blue: $90.00 (Kamas included with Blue Belt test fee)
Black 1st Dan: $180.00 (Knife and sword included with Black Belt test fee)
Please refer to the Belt Requirement Spreadsheet to learn what you need to know for each belt level. This will help you in your advancement to the next level of training.
TESTING FEES ARE DUE BEFORE YOU TEST.
THEY CAN BE PAID AHEAD OF TIME OR THE NIGHT OF TESTING.