This page is a brief summary of the requirements for each belt. Each Martial Arts school has their own system of belts, testing, and time required.
8th grade gold belt
6th grade green belt
4th grade purple belt
2nd grade brown belt
(Must be approved by your instructor)
1st grade brown belt
1st degree black belt
2nd degree black belt
First grade brown belt will have a black stripe across it.
All belts may have a color stripe of the next belt level if the test was above and beyond what was expected.
After a test, there is a judges meeting to discuss each individual's performance according to their level and ability. The test per individual can be judged favorably in three ways.
- Excellent test. Did everything that was expected
- Good test. There are some things that need work
- This does happen
Test results are given at the following class. Participants are awarded their belts and presented with an official certificate stating name, date, rank, and signed by the senior and master instructors respectively.
All Karate North Black Belts are registered members of the All American Tae Kwon Do Federation and Minnesota Tae Kwon Do Assoc.
Here are the proper pronunciation of words submitted by Mr. James Bardon.
He has spent some time in Korea and holds a 4th degree Black Belt.
(We are a non-traditional school and these are about all the words we'll use.)
|Frequently used Korean words|
|Bow to the instructor||Sah-Bum-Nim-ke Kyung-Ne|
|Bow to flags||Kook-ye Kung-Ne|
|Make a ready stance||Shoon-Bee|
|Thank you for the lesson||Soo-Go|
Korean words used for FORMS
|At beggining of form:|
|Breathing meditation prior to form||Chong Bong (# of form) Choon Bee|
|At conclusion of form:|
|Return to ready stance||Pa-row|
Note: You can view a bit more in the video section.
Here is an article from Sam Marinaro, a 5th degree black belt who has his own Karate North school in South Dakota, about earning a black belt.