Red Belt

Red signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away. — Choi

Red. It’s the first color an infant sees after black and white. It is the color used most frequently in flags. Red evokes excitement, anger and intensity. It is the last color belt before black belt. Red will “increase appetites, adrenaline production, strength and blood pressure.” It’s the color of true love: a Valentine, red lips and nails, anda long-stemmed rose. In China and Bolivia it is the color the bride wears, representing sensuality, joy and love.

A common understanding of the red belt is “danger” — to both self and others. Here the thrust for black belt comes into full force. Red
is danger and authority. In China, all royal decrees were issued in red. Mars, the “red Planet,” is named after the Roman god of war. It’s the
red of a stop sign or of a fire truck. Red commands attention. That’s why most flashing lights for emergency vehicles use it. In Brazil, red
cars were outlawed due to the number of accidents involving them — the same reason that in the United States, insurance rates are higher if
you drive a red car.

There is great joy and passion in red — painting the town red, getting the red carpet treatment, in red letter days. It’s the color of Captain Kangaroo’s coat and Santa’s suit. It’s the color of the devil and of Rudolph’s brilliant nose leading the way home.

Testing for Red Belt:

Stances:

  • X-Stance
  • Vertical
  • Ready position B

Strikes:

  • Head smash
  • Elbow smash
    Knife hand U-block

Blocks:

  • Circular reverse knife hand
  • Double pressing
  • Pole block
  • Shoulder block

Sweeps, Locks & Chokes:

  • Front sweep
  • Come along
  • Wrist lock
  • Arm bar
  • Elbow break
  • Stand up choke
  • Sleeper hold

Forms:

Techniques:

  • Pre-Arranged Sparing Part 2
  • Self defense from floor
  • Defense w/the stick
  • Defense against the stick
  • Sparring
  • Breaking-2 boards with hand, 2 boards with spinning kick, 1 brick with kick

Education:

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Fitness/Breaking:

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Other requirements:

  • $50 fee due at or before testing is started
  • Completed testing forms

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