Little Dragons: Will be taught a different lesson each week, for 12 different lessons: Memory, Focus, Balance, Discipline, Coordination, Fitness, Teamwork, Control, Integrity, Courtesy, Perseverance, and Forms.
Once Little Dragon Students reach at least 10 of the 12 Stripes on their belt, they will be allowed to Graduate at the next Graduation.
Little Dragon belts are White belts with colored stripes in the middle. Starting with a solid White Belt they move up to colors: Yellow, Orange, Purple, Green, Blue, Brown, Red.
Beginners -Advanced: Students work in 4 month cycle curriculums. January – February – March – April, May – June – July – August, September – October – November – December. Each cycle goes over the set Self-Defense and Forms, certain Striking or Kicking Techniques, and Taekwondo Counter Attacks. Instructors teach basic techniques, kicks, punches, as well as advanced techniques for advanced belts, and so forth.
Our belt colors here at AMA are: White, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Green, Blue, Brown, Brown/Black, Red, Red/Black, and Black.
Belt ranks are divided in three levels:
White – Yellow – Orange = Beginners
Purple – Green – Blue – Brown = Intermediate
Brown/Black- Red – Red/Black – Black = Advanced
Each level will be assigned a form (kata) to learn.
The first month in the cycles (January, May, and September) we introduce the new curriculum that we have set for that particular cycle. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th month will have what we call Stripe Testing. Once a month starting in the 2nd month of the cycle, Instructors test each student on everything that they have been taught over the past month(s). If they do well, have a good attitude in class, and pass testing, students will earn a Stripe on their belt.
White belts require at least two stripes to graduate to the next belt, but once students reach Yellow Belt they must earn 3 Stripes per belt.
Orange and Brown Belts will a special Level Testing in order to move up to the next class rank, Intermediate and Advanced.
Graduation is at the end of every cycle, so every 4 months. As long as each student has passed all of their Stripe Tests and have met the expectations of the Instructors they can Graduate to the next belt rank.
Sparring: Students are not required to spar until they reach Purple Belt. Once they reach Purple Belt, the students will be required to purchase Sparring Gear through the school. If students have Sparring Gear already from another school it must be check and approved by the Instructors first.
Purple, Blue, and Brown belts also need one Sparring Stripe to Graduate.
Brown/Black, Red, and Red/Black need two Sparring Stripes.
Four sparring days = One Stripe.
11-13: Follows the same process, but students go over more kicking drills and teaching is a bit more fast paced. Since these students are older and should be able to grasp the concepts easier, quicker, and better than most, a higher level of achievement is expected from them, and they’re also allowed to purchase Sparring Gear at any time.