White Belts

White, junior yellow, and junior orange are beginners.

Junior beginner belts learn five fighting combinations and ten self-defense techniques for each rank, plus other techniques, blocks, punches, and kicks.

We have adjusted the Junior Ranking system to include junior belt ranks to accommodate the ability of our newer students. The age of a child can determine which path we (staff and parents) choose.

Adult students learn the same materials as the junior students for their yellow belt. For the other belts, adult students learn more techniques.

As students learn, they earn stripes for their belt that indicate their progress.

Tests are cumulative. Students must demonstrate all fighting combinations and other techniques, starting from white belt, when testing. Students should prepare by resting, eating well, avoiding milk and soda, and drinking water. Junior beginner belt tests take approximately one hour.

White. All new students (children and adults) get white belts when they first start at the Dragon's Den. Students that transfer from another system can keep their current belts, although many choose to start over again because of the detail of our system. The white belt curriculum includes the star block, ten fighting combinations, twenty self-defense techniques, and short form 1. All beginners, whether 5 or 50, need to learn to take the first step on your journey into Kenpo, and this begins at the white belt.

Junior Beginner Belts

Junior Intermediate Belts

Purple, blue, and green belts are intermediates.

Junior Advanced Belts

Brown and black belts are advanced ranks.

The new advanced student continues to learn ten self-defense techniques per level, while perfecting all previous techniques, forms, sets, and all basic requirements for every belt level. The pieces of the puzzle are now coming together for these students. They realize that accuracy, power, then speed, are crucial in defending themselves. They now know the natural weapons and tools that they possess can have devastating effects on an attacker. They must also understand that Kenpo must only be used as a last resort. They understand that this is not a movie or TV show, but real life, and there are no do-overs or retakes after the damage is done. We relate it to a police officer who practices with his weapon; they may be able to put 16 shots dead center on a target at the range, but that same officer never wants to pull his weapon out of his holster and fire it at another human being. The same applies to the art of American Kenpo Karate.

Adult Belts