First Degree Black Belt Curriculum
Students with a designated youth program
are not permitted to grade to black belt ranks.
However, instructors may recommend that a
youth student be permitted to transfer to an adult program if the
instructors are confident that the youth is mentally, physically and
technically prepared to do so.
If youth students do transfer to an adult
program, they must learn the full adult curriculum appropriate to their
rank as quickly as possible, and before being graded any further in the
Should anyone under the age of 16 be graded
above brown belt, they must wear a red belt, and are not permitted to
wear a black belt.
When red belt students turn 16, they may
begin wearing a black belt immediately.