Belt Test Curriculum

Level 1 Curriculum

40 hours of L1 classes and completion of review required to test (or instructor invitation)

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I. Stance
A. Neutral Stance
B. Fighting Stance
II. Movement
A. Forward, Back, Left, Right
B. Shadow Boxing
III. Punches
A. Straight Punch
B. Straight Punch – left/right combo
C. Palm Heel Strike
D. Chops
E. Eye Strike/Throat Strike
F. Straight Punch w/Advance
G. Straight Punch w/Retreat
H. Straight Punch Low
I. Hammer-fist Strikes (all directions)
J. Elbows (1-7)
IV. Kicks
A. Front Groin Kick
B. Front Kick – Vertical Target (Offensive)
C. Front Kick – Defensive
D. Round Kick
V. Knees
VI. Punch/Kick Combos
VII. Punch Defenses
A. 360 Outside Defenses (all angles)
B. Inside Defenses
VIII. Choke Defenses
A. Front Choke (1 Hand Pluck)
B. Front Choke (2 Hand Pluck)
C. Back Choke
D. Side Choke
E. Front Choke w/Push
F. Back Choke w/Push
IX. Headlock Defenses
A. Headlock from Side
B. Headlock from Behind
X. Wrist Release
XI. Pull Defenses
XII. Groundwork
A. Back Fall Break
B. Movement (Back & Sides)
C. Kicks
D. Stripping/Cleaning vs Foot Grab
E. Getting Up

Level 2 Curriculum

60 hours of L2 classes and completion of review required to test (or instructor invitation)

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I. Movement
A. Bobbing & Weaving
B. Slipping Punches
C. Shadow Boxing
II. Punches
A. Hook Punch
B. Uppercut Punch
C. Overhand Punch
D. Focus Mitt Combinations
III. Kicks
A. Side Kick
B. Side Kick w/Advance
C. Back Kick
D. Back Kick w/Advance
E. Kick Combos
F. Uppercut Back-kick (short)
G. Front Kick w/Advance
IV. Punch Defenses
A. Inside Defense & counter vs Jab
B. Inside Defense & counter vs Cross
C. Inside Defense & counter vs Left/Right combo
D. Defense vs Hook Punch
E. Defense vs Uppercut Punch
F. Defense vs Overhand Punch
G. Outside Defenses (1-5)
H. 360 Defense w/multiple counter attacks
V. Kick Defenses
A. Defense vs front groin kick (redirect)
B. Defense vs front groin kick (reflexive)
C. Defense vs low round kick (using shin, absorbing)
D. Defense vs high front kick
E. Outside stabbing defense vs front groin kick
VI. Fall Breaks
A. Back Fall Break
B. Side Fall Break
VII. Choke Defenses
A. Front Choke Against Wall
B. Back Choke Against Wall
C. Back Choke w/Pull
VIII. Bear-Hugs
A. Defense vs Bearhug from the Front – Arms Free/Caught – with/without space
B. Defense vs Bearhug from the Front – Leverage on neck
C. Defense vs Bearhug from the Behind – Arms Free/Caught – with/without space
D. Defense vs. Knee Grab
IX. Groundwork
A. Defense vs Punches while mounted (buck, trap, roll)
B. Defense vs Choke while mounted (pluck, buck, roll)
C. Defense vs Choke from Behind while mounted
D. Headlock while mounted
E. Guard Escape (Elbows, Stacking)
F. Passing Guard (Posting)
H. Kick off from Guard

Level 3 Curriculum

120 hours of L3 classes and completion of review required to test (or instructor invitation)

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I. Head-butts
A. Head-butt Forward
B. Head-butt Upward
C. Head-butt Side (bear-hug context)
D. Head-butt Back (bear-hug context)
II. Kicks
A. Defensive Back Kick with a Spin
B. Offensive Back Kick
C. Heel Kick
D. Inside Slap Kick
E. Outside Slap Kick
III. Punch Defenses
A. Inside Defense v. Left/Right
B. Inside Defense v. Left/Right (using forward hand)
C. Outside Defense 1-4
IV. Kick Defenses
A. Reflexive Defense vs. High Round Kick
B. Defense vs. High Round Kick
V. Fall Breaks
A. High Fall Break – Back and Side
B. Forward Fall Break
VI. Rolls
VII. Hair-grabs
A. Hair-grab, Front
B. Hair-grab, Side
C. Hair-grab, Behind or Opposite Side
VIII. Bear-Hugs
A. Bear-hug from Behind (Leverage on Finger)
B. Bear-hug, Lifting – from Behind
C. Bear-hug, Lifting – from the Front
D. Full Nelson – Leverage on Finger
IX. Takedowns
A. Double Leg Takedown
B. Single Leg Takedown – Head inside/outside
C. Single Leg Hyperextension
D. Knee Tap
E. Snap Down
X. Control Positions
A. Pummeling
B. Arm Drag
C. 2 Hand Head Control
XI. Headlock / Clinch Defense
A. Defense vs Reverse headlock
B. Defense vs 2 Hand Head Control
XII. Groundwork
A. Choke from the Side
B. Headlock from the Side
C. Headlock from Behind
D. Arm Bar
E. Guard Escape – Stacking
F. Side Mount – Top Position
G. Side Mount – Bottom Position

Level 4 Curriculum

120 hours of L4 classes and completion of review required to test (or instructor invitation)

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I. Punches
A. Chops, Inside and Outside
B. Ridge Hand/Mouth of Hand Punches
C. Swingout Hammerfist-Element of Surprise
II. Kicks
A. Axe Kick
B. Outside Slap Kick with a Spin
C. Heel Kick with a Spin
D. Sweep – Leg Sweep with Round Kick
III. Kick Defenses
A. General Defense v. Medium to High Attacks (round kick, heel kick, etc.)
B. Sliding Defense v. High Round Kick
C. Defense v. High Side Kick
D. Defense v. Low Side Kick
E. Defense v. Low to Medium Side Kick (Plucking)
F. Defense v. Side Kick (sideways to attacker)
G. Sliding Defense v. Spinning Heel Kick
H. Kick Defense v. Spinning Heel Kick
IV. Stick Defenses
A. Stick, Overhead Swing
B. Stick, Overhead Swing – off angle/dead side
C. Stick Defense, Baseball Bat Swing
V. Handgun Defenses
A. Gun from the Front
B. Gun from the Side of the Head
C. Gun from the Side, in Front of the Arm (touching)
D. Gun from the Front, Pushing into Stomach
E. Gun from the Side, Behind the Arm
F. Gun from Behind (touching)
VI. Cavaliers
VII. Ground – fighting
A. Attacker Straddling, Pinning Wrists
B. Triangle Choke

Level 5 Curriculum

120 hours of L5 classes and completion of review required to test (or instructor invitation)

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I. Punch Combinations
II. Kicks
A. Front Kick/Round Kick with switching move
B. Two front kicks with a switch
C. Outside slap kick and front kick with a switch
D. Two straight knees with a switch
E. Two back kicks with a switch
III. Kick Defenses
IV. Throws/Holds
A. “Machine-Gun Take-Down”
B. One arm shoulder throw
C. Hip roll
D. Sacrifice Throw
V. Headlock Defenses
VI. Full Nelson Defenses
A. Leverage on fingers
B. Throw/flip forward
C. Sweep
VII. Knife Defenses
A. Defense v. Downward Stab
B. Defense v. Straight Stab
C. Defense v. Upward Stab
D. Defense v. Slashing attacks
VIII. Defending Against an Assailant Armed with a Long Gun (assault rifle or shotgun)
IX. Defending Against an Assailant Armed with a Handgun
A. Threat from the rear at a distance

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