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The Black Belt Club

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Practice Ideas

A black belt is not something that is given, it is something that is earned. As a brown belt, you should be practicing 45 minutes a day, three days a week, outside of your time in the dojo. Here are the things you should be practicing, as well as some ideas for how to practice.

Black Belt

Everytime You Practice: Forms, Combinations, & Kicks
Your forms and combinations are the foundation of everything we teach. On the black belt test, you will be expected to demonstrate these to a high level.

Required Forms: 1-5 Pinan, 1-5 Kata, & Statue of the Crane

Combinations: numbers 1-21 & 26 (right handed & left handed)

Kicks: train your 7 basic kicks, 5-10 on each leg

Supplemental Material
In addition to your rank material, you are also required to demonstrate weapons defense, blocking skills, and techniques based on the five Shaolin animals.

Blocking Systems: 8 Point, 10 Point, & Plum Tree Blocking Systems

Animal Techniques: Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake, & Dragon (2 of each)

Weapons Defense: 5 Overhead Clubs, 5 Side Clubs, Demonstrate basic knife and gun defense

Fitness Requirements
Black Belt is a symbol of excellence recognized in all martial arts styles, and by the world at large. As a black belt candidate, you should be striving towards a high level of physical fitness and conditioning. In addition, the black belt test is 5 hours long with no breaks. You will be worked and worked hard. Here are some ideas to get you ready.

Push-up Requirements: 25
     How to train: Do two sets of push-ups to muscle failure every other day, three times per week. Always allow your body a rest day in between. Do as many correct push-ups as you can (back flat, hips down, chin and chest to the floor every time). Rest for 2 minutes, then repeat. Get a calendar to chart your progress along the way.

Sit-up Requirements: 35-50
     How to train: Do two sets of sit-ups to muscle failure every other day, at least three times per week. You can actually work you abs more frequently than other muscles but it is still good to allow your body a rest day in between. Do as many correct sit-ups as you can (arms hugged to your chest, full range of motion up and down, feet stay on the floor). Rest for 2 minutes, then repeat. Get a calendar to chart your progress along the way.

Cardiovascular Conditioning: expect to do sets of 100 jumping jacks and run laps on your test
     Ideas for training: Swimming, running, biking, jumping jacks, fighter's dance, fitness kickboxing, etc.