The CCBBA Karate Curriculum 1st Degree Brown Belt to 2nd Degree Brown Belt

The second degree brown belt is a milestone in the student's training.  The goal of achieving a black belt is in sight at last and only time stands in the way of the student's achieving it.  The prospects for a second degree brown belt are excellent, but the difficulties ahead can seem very formidable.  Only a single new form is added to the curriculum at this point, but the student is responsible for everything learned to date, and the breath and depth of this knowledge can be overwhelming.  Many students stall in their progress en route to the second degree brown belt, some even abandon their studies at this point, unable to make the commitment needed to perfect their skills.  The Karate master must harden themselves against the temptation to give their first degree brown belts "a break," and lower their standards at this critical juncture.  This is a moment of intense personal growth for the student, where they must find the strength and resolve to take responsibility for their own progress.  What remains to be learned must come largely from within.

2nd Degree Brown Belt Graduation Requirements

  1. White Belt Basics
  2. Gold belt Combinations
  3. Green belt Combinations
  4. Purple belt Combinations
  5. Blue belt Combinations
  6. Red belt Combinations
  7. Count Kicks (Front, Side, Round, Hook)
  8. One Minute Balance Kicks
  9. Combination Counters (1-8)
  10. Fast Rhythm Sparring
  11. Free Sparring
  12. Point Sparring
  13. Chon Ji Form (Beginnings)
  14. Kam Sah Form (Respect)
  15. Kyu Yool Form (Discipline)
  16. Jayoo Form (Freedom)
  17. Chosan Form (Ancestors)
  18. Jungyee Form (Justice)
  19. Pyung Fa Form (Peace)
  20. Yul Kok Form (Philosophy)
  21. Hwa Rang Form (Flowering Youth)
  22. Chung Mu Form (Regrettable Death)
  23. Might for Right Form (Exodus)
  24. Breaking (One Board, Knife Hand)
  25. Breaking (One Board, Front Punch)
  26. Breaking (One Board, Side Kick)
  27. Breaking (One Board, Hook Kick)
  28. Breaking (One Board, Round Kick)
  29. Rolls, Forward, Left & Right Side
  30. Rolls, Jumping 3 foot obstacle
  31. Self-Defense (1-10) plus followup
  32. Stage Fighting 1-4
  33. Speech: "Achievement"
  34. Attendance: 54 Classes
  35. 10 Lessons Teaching (all belt levels)
  36. Physical fitness 25 perfect military-style pushups, 200 crunch situps, 400 jumping jacks
  37. Weight training Three sets of eight repetitions curls, flys, bench press, wrist curls.
  38. Teaching (white through purple belt level) ten lessons.

Technique Descriptions & Discussion

Might for Right Form (Exodus)

Might for Right is a martial arts ballet performed to the tune of Exodus.

Ready Position: Upright ready stance with your feet together and your open hands in an x-block at shoulder level in front of you . All directions assume that you are facing north. 

  1. Step west with the left foot into a back stance while executing a middle chop block with the left hand, then a back punch with the right hand.
  2. Pivot east 180 degrees clockwise on the left foot then step east into a back stance with the right foot forward as you execute a middle chop block with the right hand, then a back punch with the left hand.
  3. Bring the right foot together with the left foot, then step north with your left foot into a back stance with your left foot forward as you execute middle chop block with the left hand, then a back punch with the right hand.
  4. Bring your right foot together with your left foot in an upright stance then turn your head south and execute a slow overhead chop with the right hand.
  5. Execute a defensive side kick with the right leg, then pivot south 180 degrees counterclockwise on the left foot as you step into a back stance with the left leg forward.  Execute a middle chop block with the left hand.
  6. Step and spin 180 degrees counterclockwise with a right chop block, then continue to spin another 180 degrees counterclockwise into a back stance with the left leg forward.  Execute a left chop block, fast right back punch, then a slow right back punch.
  7.  Pivot east 90 degrees clockwise into a horse stance as you execute a twin high knife hand block, palms facing outward.
  8. Pivot south 90 degrees clockwise into a back stance with the right leg forward as you execute a right high block and left middle chop block.
  9. Back leg front kick with the left leg followed by a back fist with the right foot crossed behind the left foot.
  10. Step back with the right leg into a back stance as you execute a middle chop block with the left hand.
  11. Without changing stance, execute a back punch with the right hand.
  12. Slide into a horse stance facing east as you execute a twin high knife hand block, palms facing outward.
  13. Pivot south 180 degrees counterclockwise on the left foot as you execute a middle right chop block with the right hand, then continue to spin an additional 360 degrees counterclockwise to execute a tornado kick.  Land the kick in a horse stance facing east with a right elbow strike into the left palm. Pivot south 90 degrees clockwise on your left foot into a back stance as you execute a low block with the right hand, followed by a fast back punch then a slow back punch with the left fist.
  14. Pivot east 90 degrees counterclockwise into a horse stance as you execute a twin high knife hand block, palms facing outward.
  15. Pivot north 90 degrees counterclockwise into a back stance with the left leg forward as you execute a left high block and right middle chop block.
  16. Back leg front kick with the right leg followed by a back fist with the left foot crossed behind the right foot.
  17. Slowly turn south 180 degrees counterclockwise, stepping south with the left foot into a upright stance as you extend your left hand in a spear finger pointing south.
  18. Execute a back leg round kick] with the right leg followed without setting down by a right leg side kick.  Set down in a horse stance facing east as you execute a right middle chop pointing south.
  19. Bring your right foot to your left foot into an upright stance facing east and cross your arms in a chest high x-block, then extend your elbows  horizontally, so that they are pointing north and south respectively with the forearms and fists pointing upwards.
  20. Pivot west 180 degrees counterclockwise on your left foot into an upright stance facing west as you cross your arms in a chest high x-block, then extend your elbows  horizontally, so that they are pointing north and south respectively with the forearms and fists pointing upwards.
  21. Step north with the left leg into a front stance as you execute a low knife hand with the left hand.
  22. Without changing stance, execute a left back punch followed by a right front punch.
  23. Bring the left foot to the right foot in a upright stance facing north as you bring both open hands together in an overhead temple-block.
  24. Without changing stance, close the right hand into a fist and keep the left hand open as you slowly move both arms outward in a semi-circle.  When the hands meet at chest level in front of you, cover the right fist with the left hand.
  25. Step north into a front stance with the left foot forward as you execute a slow forward press block with the right hand as the left hand forms a hook behind your left hip.  As the slow press block is completed, drop the right knee to the floor.
  26. Step north into a front stance with the right leg forward as you execute a low fist x-block, then a high open x-block above your head, followed by a right front punch, left back punch  then a right front punch.
  27. Step back with the right leg to assume a front stance with the left leg forward as you execute a low fist x-block, then a high open x-block above your head, followed by a left front punch, right back punch  then a left front punch.
  28. Bring the right foot to the left foot, assuming an upright stance facing north, then execute a front leg front kick with the left leg, then a back leg round kick with the right leg, then a right leg side kick.  Set down into a back stance with the right leg forward and execute a fast left back punch, then a slow left back punch.
  29. Slowly pivot south 180 degrees clockwise on the right foot to assume a back stance with the left leg forward.  Execute a low left chop block and a high right chop.
  30. Bring your right foot to your left foot to assume an upright stance facing south as you bring both open hands together in an overhead temple-block. Keep both hands open as you slowly move both arms outward in a semi-circle.  When your hands reach shoulder level, with the palms down, complete the circle quickly and clap your hands together at chest level in front of you.
  31. Step south into a front stance with the left foot forward as you execute a slow forward press block with the right hand as the left hand forms a hook behind your left hip.  As the slow press block is completed, drop the right knee to the floor.
  32. Step south into a front stance with the right leg forward as you execute a low fist x-block, then a high open x-block above your head, followed by a right front punch, left back punch  then a right front punch.
  33. Step back with the right leg to assume a front stance with the left leg forward as you execute a low fist x-block, then a high open x-block above your head, followed by a left front punch, right back punch  then a left front punch.
  34. Bring the right foot to the left foot, assuming an upright stance facing south, then execute a front leg front kick with the left leg, then a back leg round kick with the right leg, then a right leg side kick.  Set down into a back stance with the right leg forward and execute a fast left back punch, then a slow left back punch.
  35. Slowly pivot north 180 degrees clockwise on the right foot to assume a back stance with the left leg forward.  Execute a low left chop block and a high right chop.
  36. Step and spin 180 degrees counterclockwise with a right chop block, then continue to spin another 180 degrees counterclockwise into a back stance with the left leg forward.  Execute a left chop block, fast right back punch, then a slow right back punch.
  37.  Pivot east 90 degrees clockwise into a horse stance as you execute a twin high knife hand block, palms facing outward.
  38. Pivot south 90 degrees clockwise into a back stance with the right leg forward as you execute a right high block and left middle chop block.
  39. Back leg front kick with the left leg followed by a back fist with the right foot crossed behind the left foot.
  40. Step back with the right leg into a back stance as you execute a middle chop block with the left hand.
  41. Without changing stance, execute a back punch with the right hand.
  42. Slide into a horse stance facing east as you execute a twin high knife hand block, palms facing outward.
  43. Pivot south 180 degrees counterclockwise on the left foot as you execute a middle right chop block with the right hand, then continue to spin an additional 360 degrees counterclockwise to execute a tornado kick.  Land the kick in a horse stance facing east with a right elbow strike into the left palm. Pivot south 90 degrees clockwise on your left foot into a back stance as you execute a low block with the right hand, followed by a fast back punch then a slow back punch with the left fist.
  44. Pivot east 90 degrees counterclockwise into a horse stance as you execute a twin high knife hand block, palms facing outward.
  45. Pivot north 90 degrees counterclockwise into a back stance with the left leg forward as you execute a left high block and right middle chop block.
  46. Back leg front kick with the right leg followed by a back fist with the left foot crossed behind the right foot.
  47. Slowly turn south 180 degrees counterclockwise, stepping south with the left foot into a upright stance as you extend your left hand in a spear finger pointing south.
  48. Execute a back leg round kick with the right leg followed without setting down by a right leg side kick.  Set down in a horse stance facing east as you execute a right middle chop pointing south.
  49. Bring your right foot to your left foot into an upright stance facing east and cross your arms in a chest high x-block, then extend your elbows  horizontally, so that they are pointing north and south respectively with the forearms and fists pointing upwards.
  50. Pivot west 180 degrees counterclockwise on your left foot into an upright stance facing west as you cross your arms in a chest high x-block, then extend your elbows  horizontally, so that they are pointing north and south respectively with the forearms and fists pointing upwards.
  51. Step north with the left leg into a front stance as you execute a low knife hand with the left hand.
  52. Without changing stance, execute a left back punch followed by a right front punch.
  53. Bring the left foot to the right foot in a upright stance facing north as you bring both open hands together in an overhead temple-block.
  54. Without changing stance, close the left hand into a fist and keep the right hand open as you slowly move both arms outward in a semi-circle.  When the hands meet at chest level in front of you, cover the left fist with the right hand. Bow.

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