black belt programs

after your black belt test

When you reach the level of black belt, a couple of things happen: First, you are mentally and physically drained from the six to eight months of painstaking training. Second, your attitude toward your training is viewed one of two ways: A - you want to give your Taekwondo training a break, or B - you’re ready, willing and able to move ahead in your quest for black belt excellence. It is not uncommon to want to take a break from your training; however, you’ll find yourself forgetting the material, possibly losing some of your built-up stamina or flexibility, or you may even have the desire to quit altogether. Although this might be true, it will be important for you to remember the four or five years of dedicated Taekwondo training which you endured to reach your goal of black belt. Giving yourself permission for some time off to unwind and regroup is fine, but your Taekwondo training truly begins at the black belt level.

remaining an active black belt

To remain a practicing black belt one must make the time to exercise consistently. Whether you choose to run, bike, swim, or participate in another high endurance sport, your stamina (staying power) is essential to your overall physical growth. You must also train with your current black belt material, as well as your past material. Beginning in 2008 AJK’s will hold a maintenance exam for black belts. This exam will test their skills in past material, as well as holding them accountable with their newly taught material (Details to follow). You will find that instructing beginner, intermediate, and advanced level Taekwondo students will help you to remain current with your past material. Instructing will also serve to develop your leadership skills. When you train within your own black belt material, you will find that the demand for speed, timing, and precision is more substantial at this level. In addition to learning your new patterns, kicks, and sparring, you will also be studying hapkido, and the art of using a weapon. You will be learning Kendo Stick, Sword, and Nunchaku.

requirements for second degree black belt and beyond

  1. S.T.O.R.M. at least three times a month at AJK’s Taekwondo (attendance will be mandatory). By assisting you will remain current with your TKD material.
  2. Practice your Black Belt material at least once a week (or more) either at Master Carlos’s studio, AJK’S or a combination of both. Please check Master Carlo’s School schedule for class times. In addition to your normal TKD training, you will also be learning swords. AJK’s TKD will be offering BBC (Black Belt Classes) on Mondays and Wednesdays at Carden Hall from 4:15 - 5:15 PM. Please check ¼ calendars for class times. Students may wish to STORM the Monday or Wednesday class before their BBC, relax, or complete homework under the supervision of AJK’s.
  3. Attend sparring class at least twice a month at AJK’s TKD during our 1 to 2 hour Friday & Saturday sparring classes or OSS classes. Refer to quarterly calendar for details.
  4. If you are a 7th or 8th grade 1st degree or higher black belt practitioner, you are allowed to inquire about a unique assisting opportunity at AJK's. AJK's would like to offer 7th and 8th grade black belt practitioners the opportunity to instruct colored belts throughout the school year.
  5. Once you have graduated from Jr. High, and are a 1st degree or higher black belt practitioner, you are allowed to inquire about a unique assisting opportunity at AJK's. AJK's would like to offer you the opportunity to instruct colored belts throughout the school year.

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