CMATOS Under Belt Requirements

“I come to you with only Karate, empty hands, I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong; then here are my weapons, karate, my empty hands.”

Under Belt Rank Requirements

To get started click on any of the “LESSON” links below to take you to the curriculum for each of the belt levels. If you know what you are looking for, you can skip directly to the techniques below by clicking on the individual material links. Note that the Master 8 Fold form is taught at each level, with specific emphasis on different sections throughout the ranking system. You can find the basic Master 8 Fold form information on this page.

  • Shokyū Denshi (初級弟子) – Beginner Students

  • Chūkyū Denshi (中級弟子) – Intermediate Students

    • Each level should focus on the previous level fundamental concepts and techniques, moving to a more theoretical approach to the concepts learned during the Shokyū Denshi levels.
    • 6 Kyuu (六級) – Purple Belt Lessons

    •  “I hold the art of Kenpo sacred and freely take upon myself the obligation and responsibility that I shall never misuse my skill to hurt or make afraid.  I shall fight only if forced to defend myself and shall be slow to anger, loath to take offense, quick to forgive, and to forget personal affront”
      • 8 Self Defense Techniques Hakko Goshin Jutsu (八護身術)
        • 4 Empty Hand Self Defense Techniques Yonko Karate Goshin Jutsu (四空手護身術)
          • Front Choke Extension [parting wings]
          • Rear Choke Extension [circling wings]
          • Single/Double Lapel Grab Extension [lone/twin kimono]
          • Handshake Extension [gift of destruction]
        • 6 Kyuu Defense against a Gun – Kenjuu Goshin Jutsu (六級拳銃護身術) [gun to the stomach front]
        • 6 Kyuu Defense against a Knife – Hamono Goshin Jutsu (六級刃物護身術) [knife held to the stomach front]
        • 6 Kyuu Defense against a Club or Stick – Tanbou Goshin Jutsu (六級短棒護身術) [swing to the side of the body]
        • 6 Kyuu Grappling/Situational Defense – Kakuto Goshin Jutsu (六級格闘護身術) [chair defense against a rear choke]
      • The Master 8 Fold Form
      • Short Form 3
    • 5 Kyuu (五級) – Blue Belt Lessons

    •  “I shall never let pride rule my passions and will defend, with all the skill I possess, the weak, the helpless, and the oppressed.  I pledge an unending effort to earn the self-same loyalty from those who look to me for training.”
      • 8 Self Defense Techniques Hakko Goshin Jutsu (八護身術)
        • 4 Empty Hand Self Defense Techniques Yonko Karate Goshin Jutsu (四空手護身術)
          • Bear Hug Arms Free Extension [crashing wings]
          • Bear Hug Arms Pinned Extension [captured twigs]
          • Front Headlock Extension [locking horns]
          • Side Headlock Extension [grip of death]
        • 5 Kyuu Defense against a Gun – Kenjuu Goshin Jutsu (五級拳銃護身術) [gun to the side of the head]
        • 5 Kyuu Defense against a Knife – Hamono Goshin Jutsu (五級刃物護身術) [knife to the throat from the front]
        • 5 Kyuu Defense against a Club or Stick – Tanbou Goshin Jutsu (五級短棒護身術) [club swing from the top]
        • 5 Kyuu Grappling/Situational Defense – Kakuto Goshin Jutsu (五級格闘護身術) [front choke, back against a wall]
      • The Master 8 Fold Form
      • Short Form 3 Opposite Side
    • 4 Kyuu (四級) – Dark Blue/Black Stripe Lessons

      • 8 Self Defense Techniques Hakko Goshin Jutsu (八護身術)
        • 4 Empty Hand Self Defense Techniques Yonko Karate Goshin Jutsu (四空手護身術)
          • Straight Punch From the Front Extension [five swords]
          • Straight Kick from the Front Extension [buckling branch]
          • Single Wrist Grab Extension [glancing spear]
          • Double Wrist Grab Extension [begging hands]
        • 4 Kyuu Defense against a Gun – Kenjuu Goshin Jutsu (四級拳銃護身術) [gun to the back]
        • 4 Kyuu Defense against a Knife – Hamono Goshin Jutsu (四級刃物護身術) [stab from above]
        • 4 Kyuu Defense against a Club or Stick – Tanbou Goshin Jutsu (四級短棒護身術) [8 fold blocking set with cane]
        • 4 Kyuu Grappling/Situational Defense – Kakuto Goshin Jutsu (四級格闘護身術) [defense against a tackle]
      • The Master 8 Fold Form
      • Long Form 3
    • 3 Kyuu (三級) – Green Belt Lessons

    •  “I pledge a continued effort to sharpen my skills, to increase my knowledge, and to broaden my horizons.  I shall obligate myself under the direction of my instructor to learn the skills of a teacher which will enable me to teach my skills in the prescribed manner outlined by Mr. Ed Parker.”
      • 8 Self Defense Techniques Hakko Goshin Jutsu (八護身術)
        • 4 Empty Hand Self Defense Techniques Yonko Karate Goshin Jutsu (四空手護身術)
          • Hair Grab Extension [clutching feathers]
          • Rear Wrist Grab Extension [crossed twigs]
          • Cross Over Wrist Grab Extension [crossing talon]
          • Hammer Lock Extension [locked wing]
        • 3 Kyuu Defense against a Gun – Kenjuu Goshin Jutsu (三級拳銃護身術) [gun to the head kneeling on the ground]
        • 3 Kyuu Defense against a Knife – Hamono Goshin Jutsu (三級刃物護身術) [knife to the throat from the rear]
        • 3 Kyuu Defense against a Club or Stick – Tanbou Goshin Jutsu (三級短棒護身術) [on ground, attacker standing]
        • 3 Kyuu Grappling/Situational Defense – Kakuto Goshin Jutsu (三級格闘護身術) [knocked to the ground, recovery]
      • The Master 8 Fold Form
      • Kenpo 2 Man
      • Chūkyū Denshi Research Report
  • Jōkyū Denshi (上級弟子) – Advanced Students

    • Mastery of the 8 Fundamental Concepts and Techniques discussed throughout all the levels should be the primary goal of the Jōkyū Denshi students.
    • 2 Kyuu (二級) – Brown Belt Lessons

    •  “I pledge that as my skill as a teacher progresses I will never condemn, ridicule, embarrass or shame any student or fellow instructor in the presence of a class or group.  All grievances or disputes shall be conducted in private away from group observation.”
      • 8 Self Defense Techniques Hakko Goshin Jutsu (八護身術)
        • 4 Empty Hand Self Defense Techniques Yonko Karate Goshin Jutsu (四空手護身術)
          • Twirling Hammers
          • Dance of Darkness
          • The Back breaker
          • Prance of the Tiger
        • 2 Kyuu Defense against a Gun – Kenjuu Goshin Jutsu (二級拳銃護身術) [Gun Reaction Drills]
        • 2 Kyuu Defense against a Knife – Hamono Goshin Jutsu (二級刃物護身術) [Knife Reaction Drills]
        • 2 Kyuu Defense against a Club or Stick – Tanbou Goshin Jutsu (二級短棒護身術) [Club Reaction Drills]
        • 2 Kyuu Grappling/Situational Defense – Kakuto Goshin Jutsu (二級格闘護身術) [Vehicle Ingress and Egress]
      • The Master 8 Fold Form
      • Long Form 4
    • 1 Kyuu (一級) – Red Belt Lessons

      “I understand that like a doctor, the private affairs of students and fellow instructors that come to my attention during the exercising of my responsibilities are privilege communications and must never be discussed with any living soul.  I vow that I will never violate this pledge nor any other for the sake of personal benefit.”

      • 8 Self Defense Techniques Hakko Goshin Jutsu (八護身術)
        • 4 Empty Hand Self Defense Techniques Yonko Karate Goshin Jutsu (四空手護身術)
          • Destructive Kneel
          • Unwinding Pendulum
          • The Back Breaker Extension
          • Escape from the Darkness
        • 1 Kyuu Defense against a Gun – Kenjuu Goshin Jutsu (一級拳銃護身術) [Gun 8 Form set]
        • 1 Kyuu Defense against a Knife – Hamono Goshin Jutsu (一級刃物護身術) [Knife 8 Form set]
        • 1 Kyuu Defense against a Club or Stick – Tanbou Goshin Jutsu (一級短棒護身術) [Stick 8 Form set]
        • 1 Kyuu Grappling/Situational Defense – Kakuto Goshin Jutsu (一級格闘護身術) [Building Clearing/Gauntlet]
      • The Master 8 Fold Form
      • Long Form 5
    • Jun-Ichidan (準一段) – Red Belt/Black Stripe Lessons

    •  “I honor and hold sacred the right of all men to protect themselves.  I further hold that as a trained Martial Artist in Kenpo I will take upon myself all obligations and responsibilities deemed sacred to my God, family, country and Association.”

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