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Tang Soo Do is a complex martial art with many different areas to experience! There will always be questions to ask as you/ your child starts, progresses through the belt ranks & even after achieving Black belt! This page will help to answer many questions, however please feel free to ask your Instructors for answers at any time!


White Belt - 10th Gup - Welcome to JC Karate! You will begin with a new white uniform & belt for your first class. You will also be set up with a student mentor to assist you with the basics as you learn. Please check out our Class schedule & choose the classes & how many times a week you would like to attend.
**Within the first 6 -8 weeks you will be ready to test for your 1st belt rank. 
**You will be tested on the following:
1. Basic hand & feet techniques
2. Forms #1 & 2
3. One steps #1-5

White & Orange Belt - 9th Gup - Congratulations on your first belt test!! You will continue to work on your techniques, learn how to roll & the 3rd form.
**After 24 classes you will be eligible to test for Orange belt.
**You will be tested on the following:
1. Basic hand & feet techniques
2. Forms #1,2 & 3
3. One steps #1-5
4. Rolling & Falling

Orange Belt - 8th Gup - Congratulations on your test! Orange belt is a great rank as you will begin to feel confident on your learned material. You will be learning more blocks, chops, hook kick & more.
**Sparring gear is needed
**After 24 classes you will be tested on the following:
1. All of the above plus...
2. Form #4
3. One steps #1-10
4. Board Breaking

Orange & Green Belt - 7th Gup - Congratulations on your belt test! You now have a half orange/ half green belt. This belt is a rank to spend detailing all your already learned material. You will be eligible to test when all forms, one steps & techniques are at green belt level!
**You will be tested on he following:
1. All of the above
2. Detailed techniques, forms & one steps

Green Belt - 6th Gup - Congratulations on your green belt rank! This is a exciting time in a martial artists training as you begin to learn  fun kicks, double blocks, & partner take downs! 
**Green uniform trim is needed 
**After 24 classes you will be tested on the following:
1. All of the above
2. Green belt techniques
3. Form #5
4. One steps #11-15

Green & Brown Belt - 5th Gup - Congratulations on your belt test! You will be introduced to the bo staff form #1 as a 5th gup green belt. You will learn how to work better with a partner during one steps, develop power and snap in your kicks & prepare for brown belt!
**After a minimum of 24 classes you will be tested on the following:
1. All of the above plus...
2. Green belt techniques detailed
3. Form #6
4. One steps #1-15 detailed
5. Spinning the bo staff

Brown Belt - 4th Gup - Congratulations on your test! Brown belt is half way to Black belt, well done!!
You will continue to learn the bo saff and will be introduced to the sword too! You wil learn how to spin all your kicks and become more proficient on double blocks & counters. 
**Brown uniform trim is needed
**Bo staff is needed
**After a minimum of 24 classes you will be tested on the following:
1. All of the above plus...
2. Brown belt techniques
3. Form #7
4. One steps 16-20
5. Bo staff form #1

Brown & Red Belt - 3rd Gup - Congratulations!! You will continue your training with the bo staff, be introduced to the sword, learn how to jump in your form & more...
**Sword is needed
**After a minimum of 24 classes you will be tested on the following:
1. All of the above plus...
2. Detailed Brown belt techniques
3. Form #8
4. One steps #1-20
5. Sword Form #1

Red Belt - 2ndGup - Congratulations!! Red belt is awesome... You will begin to learn your new form "Bassai" it has 52 moves and is quite a challenge for a new red belt! You will begin to see your techniques get stronger & faster. 
**Red uniform trim is needed
**One step Study book is needed
**After minimum of 24 classes you will be tested on the following:
1. All of the above plus...
2. Red belt techniques 
3. Bassai form 
4. One steps #21-25 
5. Speed board break
6. Essay 250 words

Red & Blue Belt - 1st Gup - Congratulations!! This is the final gup rank in the WTSDA. You will learn your first Nianchi form, second bo staff form & so much more as you prepare for our Cho dan bo (blue belt test)
**After a minimum of 24 classes you will be tested on the following:
1. All of the above plus...
2. Red belt techniques detailed
3. Nianchi form #1
4. Bo staff form #2
5. One steps #1-25
6. Essay 500 words

Blue Belt - Cho dan bo - Congratulations you are now an apprentice black belt with the World Tang Soo Do Assoc. You will now begin your training toward your Black belt test.
The requirements and standards are very high to attain the Black belt rank in the WTSDA.
**You will learn the following:
1. Blue belt combinations
2. Sip soo form
3. One steps #1-30
4. Self defense #1-30

**You will need the following:
2 Student Gup Tests
1 Black Belt Clinic
3 Regional Championships
1 World Championship
Assisting at JC Karate minimum 1 year

**You will be invited to begin Black belt pre-testing 6 months before your scheduled test. 
**After your 2nd successful pre-test you will receive your testing package
**After your 3rd successful pre-test & packet handed in you will receive the Blue & Black Belt

Black Belt 1st Degree - Cho Dan - Congratulations you are a Black belt in the WTSDA! You have set a goal & accomplished this goal!! Many students start with this in mind, however they never complete it.. You have, well done!!

**Your journey has just begun!! You will begin training as a Black Belt now. Techniques are the strongest & fastest they have ever been.
**You will need the following:
1.Black belt uniform
2. Training knife

**You will learn the following:
1. Freestyle training
2. Black Belt forms
(nianchi #2, Bo staff #3, Jin Do hyumg, Sword form #2, Knife Form #1)


__This website is a work in progress! All Black Belt requirements are the next to be added.  Please check your Black Belt manual for any questions!