Testing, Belts, and Stripes
Students have the opportunity to test for their next belt quarterly at AKJ: March, June, September, and December. Time at current rank plus number of classes at current rank both play a role to determine if a student is eligible to test. Example: 2 months with 8 classes will allow a student to be eligible for Yellow belt. The further in rank a student progresses, the longer the duration is in-between each rank. Refer to rank requirements for Tiger Tribe and Dragon Tribe for exact time and class requirements. There is a $20 belt fee at each belt level and charged only if they pass their test (no fee if they do not pass). There are no fees for stripes.
An invitation will be given to each student who is eligible that month to test and a test date will be set. However, every December we hold the Holiday Test, an opportunity to test for a rank up without time or class requirements. As long as a student can demonstrate the skills for that level, he or she will be promoted to the next belt. During tests, instructors will repeatedly call out commands to evaluate a student’s performance. Upon passing, a formal belt ceremony will follow to reward the student.
Between each rank there will be two sets of stripes: Rank Stripes and Accomplishment Stripes. Rank stripes are the black stripes (between the belt promotions) for their time in at that rank. Example: A white belt will receive their 1st stripe after 8 classes, their 2nd stripe after 8 more classes, then in 8 more classes he or she will be eligible for Yellow belt at the next quarterly test. Rank stripes are worn on the left side of the belt. Accomplishment Stripes are for encouraging good behavior in students. AKJ Instructors require parents’ participation in letting us know when your child has demonstrated the behavior outside the Dojo to earn this stripe. Accomplishment Stripes are worn on the right side of the belt.
Belts at AKJ are earned, never given. We value hard work and want students to take pride in what they’ve achieved. Martial arts is a fun and character-building journey, but it’s also difficult at times both emotionally and physically. Confidence is achieved by breaking through boundaries and preconceived ideas of limitation. One’s imagination is their only limitation. We encourage parents to help their children practice at home and help them develop their skills. A child having social support (the Dojo), encouraging teachers, and supportive parents all go a long way in helping them succeed.