Guide for Promotion through Brown Belt
This handbook contains supplemental material to guide you through the exams necessary to reach first grade brown belt. When you finish with it, you will be ready to embark on your training for the black belt. Please remember that this material is a guide and that regular classroom instruction and practice become more important the further you progress.
A guide for promotion (from green belt through brown belt)
Many students find free sparring to be the most intimidating area in the martial arts. Others find it to be the most enjoyable by far. The result is that free sparring, more often than any other area, is neglected or over emphasized. To keep the proper perspective on fighting, and to continue to progress in the area, it is necessary to understand its pupose.
Free sparring can be broken down into three types: 1) class fighting, 2) tournament fighting, and 3) street fighting. Although they overlap, each is practiced for a different reason.
Class fighting is used to develop general karate skills. No official score is kept (although both fighters should know when someone has scored). The fighters may have a specific technique to practice (e.g. reverse punch counters), a limitation to observe (e.g. kicking only), or some other well defined goal to reach. In such a case, winning or losing the match is irrelevant to the purpose of the fight. Instead, students should concentrate on developing the aspect of karate for which the goal was chosen.