We are now starting a new testing cycle to prepare our martial arts students for our next Rank Testing in October in our Tampa, Florida location! With our Karate Kids recently returning to school, this is the perfect time to take a look at our schedule of classes to determine which days and times will be best for your child’s martial arts training. The October Testing will be held on the 10th and 11th, so you still have five weeks to master your material and to earn the stripes necessary for you to test. Here is the information regarding the compulsory techniques, self-defense techniques, forms, sparring combinations and one-steps that we will be working on over the next two months, broken down by ranks. THIS ARTICLE WAS UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2012!! Our White Belts, including Tiny Tigers, Karate Kids and Adult Students, will always prepare for their first testing by practicing Songahm 1, the White Belt Sparring Combinations, and the White Belt One Steps. (The ATA developed the Songahm forms in 1983, with 9 Color Belt forms, and 9 Black Belt forms.) Orange and Yellow Belts will be working on Songahm 3 during this cycle, along with the Orange/Yellow Sparring Combinations, and the Yellow Belt One Steps. Camouflage, Green and Purple Belts will be training on Songahm 4, as well as on the Camo/Green Sparring Combinations. Once a student reaches the rank of Camo Belt, we no longer have them practice the one steps; instead we focus on free sparring which is better suited for advance students to practice their martial arts techniques in a more realistic fashion. Blue, Brown and Red Belts will be working on In Wha 2 as their form, along with the Purple/Blue Sparring Combinations. In addition to being required to free spar as part of their testing, these upper ranks will also be required to break boards in order to advance in rank. Board Breaking has been a required part of testing in Taekwondo and Karate testings for years, as it requires the students to prove their power, focus and ability to perform under stress. A complete list of the forms (including all of the moves and stances) as well as the sparring combinations, can be found on our site under Master K’s Blog here: Kowkabany’s Forms and Sparring Combinations NOTE: In addition to our regular testing material (basics, kicks, forms, sparring and board breaks) we will be adding in “compulsory techniques” and self-defense techniques as part of the testing! This material will include the two-handed choke defense, as well as the traditional low block, double knife-hand block, and #3 side kick found in our list of compulsories. This material will be covered in depth in all of our classes! Should you have any questions, please see Sr. Master David Kowkabany. Should you have any questions regarding your next rank testing, please talk to one of your instructors. The actual date of the October Rank Testing will be October 10th and 11th!