Black Belt Exam
Dear Black Belts and Black/Red Belts,
Great September 2019 exam full of energy. We started at 8:00 am with our run and finished in recored early time of 10:30 PM. :-) We had 65 on exam day and it filled the school with energy. I don't know if I've ever seen as many parents stay and view from outside before.
Don't forget about our next “BBE @ Sea” scheduled for 7 March 2020
We had a special guest here on our exam board Professor Jeff Wilber and 7th Degree Black Belt. He was impressed not only with the talent of our students but how they all worked together to motivate and puch each other.
Names found below are ones who have passed this exam and will be graduating to the next rank.
We look forward to seeing all of you on the next one March/April, 2020!
All times are listed below for the next exam.
As you know there is a lot expected of you on this exam. If you practice hard and keep your attendance up to 3 times a week your exam will seem to be easier. Remember this is your black belt exam and you will be expected to do things that may not be listed here.
This Black Belt Cycle we will be working on:
This cycle our Head Instructors are going to be working with Sensei Shannon Wells an instructor Isshin Ryu Karate. Sensei Wells has been studing Isshin Ryu for over 30 years and for 11 years ran her own karate school. She will be training with our Head Instructors at Masters Class and teaching them the fundamentals of Isshin Ryu to add to thier knowledge so they can pass it to you via a new form.
Dates and times may change. Check with your instructor or check this page for updated information.
Kyoshi F. DePalma
Due Dates & Times
Exam Applications/Belt Fee – October 25, 2019
Must be in full uniform for all parts of the Exam!
All parts of the Exam from Sparring to Graduation must be attended to qualify and receive a belt.
Pre-Exam - Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, Pull-Ups, Bag Kick & Breaking
*** Alternate Exam Options; April 4, 2020 in Ankeny, Iowa. or BBE@SEA March 7 - 14, 2020 (Cruise Ship) If you are interested please talk with your instructor or Kyoshi.
Run – All schools March 28, 2020 - 8:00 am, South Gilbert School
All who competed at 3 AZMARRS Rated events in 2 black belt division each (a sparring & forms, weapons or musical) Between 9/21/2019 and 3/28/2020 and qualify to skip the run, need not show up for it. Visit www.AZMARRS.com for tournament listings.
Please check with your instructor to see if you qualify to skip anything!
Sparring – February 28, 2020 - 9:00 am - at the Arizona Open Karate Tournament. The black belt sparring exam IS NOT part of the tournament. The exam sparring will take place in the morning and the tournament will start at noon. There is no charge for the Exam sparring or spectation.
Basics – March 28, 2020 - 10:00 am @ South Gilbert School – located on the NEC of Lindsay/Pecos
(What time is the lunch break? After the basic portion of the exam! ? We don’t know how long the basic portion will last. We will finish it when we see everything we need to see. A note will be put on the South Gilbert Facebook page to notify when we are getting close to break.)
Kata – March 28, 2020 - After a lunch break @ South Gilbert School
Self-Defense – March 28, 2020 - after 15 min. break from kata @ South Gilbert School
Graduation – April 17 or 18, 2020 PM – TBA – Graduation must be attended to receive a new belt.
Exam Fee is due the week of Pre-exam. To help things move along for pre-exams please sign-in and pay at your school before your scheduled date. Fee is $25.00 cash and must be paid to your Instructor. Re-Test Pre-Exam will have an additional $50.00 charge. March 25, 2020 7:30 PM at South Gilbert
Kata Scoring & Breaking
On your exam you will have to perform two kata of your choice. You are scored by the examining board on a scale of 0 - 3, 3 being the highest. If you perform a kata of the beginner level the highest you can score is a 2, if you perform a kata from the intermediate level the highest you can score is a 2.5, from the advanced level the highest you can score a 2.75 and from the black belt level a 3.
Breaking will be done either at the Pre-Exam or Exam
On the Black Belt Brochure mailed out there is a typo of age to board. It should read:
Blue/Brown Board – 10 & Under
Brown Board – 10 - 12
Black Board – 13 & Up
The above are suggestions. Your Instructor may challenge you to do higher. Train for the challenge
Age 10 is in two categories and decided by the instructor.
All ranks must have attended 50 regular classes and 30 sparring classes between October 5, 2019 & March 28, 2020
Students Who Passed BBE September 2019
Exam rehearsals will be held with your Head Instructor. Check with your school for dates, times & locations. Click here to visit our School Calendars
To E-mail your instructor please go to the “locations” page.
Students graduating must arrive at Mesquite Jr. High School, 5:30 PM for an all school rehearsal.
Black Belt Graduation: Mesquite Jr. High School, Gilbert - Friday, October 4, 2019 - Doors Open 6:00 PM, Show begins at 6:15 PM
"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently."
-- Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company
Please see your instructor for a bio form. This must be filled out and emailed to your instructor no later than the Wednesday before Graduation. Only the bio form from the instructor can be used.
The below names are in alphabetical order and not in any order of score.