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The Graduation Process
The Seattle Tae Kwon Do System is unique. Our school has developed a program which allows students to learn and develop Martial Arts skills in a very rewarding and effective manner. The system allows the student to develop speed, flexibility, balance, strength, and confidence with each new belt. Each new belt brings the student one step closer to their ultimate goal: Black Belt.
Here's how it works.
The student begins with a White Belt. At the end of each class, they receive a red graduation stripe. After earning 7 red graduation stripes a student will receive a black graduation stripe. During Spotlight Week (In Class Evaluation & Testing Week) which is usually the 3rd full week in a month the instructors will test all students who have a Black Graduation Stripe on their belt. If they have mastered their current belt level material they will be issued a graduation form to graduate to their next belt. Group Color Belt Graduation Ceremonies are typically on the last Saturday of the month. Students progress one belt at a time all the way to Deputy Black Belt (Half red and half Black Belt). Once the student receives a Deputy Black Belt, the student receives ten months of specialized training designed to review, peak and prep the student mentally and physically. All of the graduation requirements for Black Belt will be reviewed in detail during these 10 months. It is our goal that our stuents will be in the bery best mental and physical shapes of their lives for Black Belt Graduation. (White Belts with color stripes are used in the Tiny Tigers Program for 4-6 year olds)
- The Belt System and Graduation Requirements for Juniors and Adults
White Belt - 7 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and One-Month Minimum Training
- Yellow Belt - 15 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Two Months Minimum Training
- Orange Belt - 15 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Two Months Minimum Training
- Green Belt - 15 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Two Months Minimum Training
- Purple Belt - 15 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Two Months Minimum Training
- Blue Belt - 23 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Three Months Minimum Training
- Midnight Blue Belt - 23 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Three Months Minimum Training
- Brown Belt - 23 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Three Months Minimum Training
- Red Belt - 23 Red Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Three Months Minimum Training
- Deputy Black Belt - 9 Yellow Stripes/1 Black Stripe and Six Months Minimum Training
The Tiny Tiger Graduation Process
Tiny Tigers are children ages 4-6 years old. Tiny Tigers have a unique program that has age specific curriculum. The Graduation Process for the Tiny Tigers is theme based, rather than skill based. The Tiny Tigers program focuses on eight themes, Focus, Memory, Teamwork, Discipline, Self-control, Fitness, Balance and Coordination. At the end of each themed class a red graduation stripe is issued. On the 8th class a black graduation stripe will be issued along with a Graduation Form. When they come in for their next class they turn in their form and are promoted to their next color belt in that days class. The Tiny Tiger belt colors are as follows: White, Yellow Stripe Belt, Orange Stripe Belt, Green Stripe Belt, Purple Stripe Belt, Blue Stripe Belt, Brown Stripe Belt and Red Stripe Belt. Once a Tiger has earned a Red Stripe Belt and has eight attendance stripes on his/her belt they will be promoted to a Junior Level full Yellow Belt. At this point a Tiny Tiger would advance to the Junior program.
The Thai Kickboxing Graduation Process
After each workout, you will receive an attendance stripe on your belt. This indicates that you have taken a Thai Kickboxing Class. After 16 stripes and 2 consecutive months of training, you will be given a Thai Kickboxing Graduation Form and invited to attend the Thai Kickboxing Graduation, typically held the last Thursday of the Month. Graduation is done in class and all students are encouraged to come participate. Students from White Belt to Purple Belt graduate after 16 classes and 2 months, students from Blue to Red Belt test after 3 months and 24 classes. Deputy Black Belts test every month and earn one stripe on their belt (no daily stripes). Deputy Black Belts also must demonstrate one Self-Defense Skill monthly (ten in total) . After one year at Deputy Black Belt, you're ready to graduate to Black Belt!
The Graduation for the Tiny Tigers Promotion is $10 per belt. The Junior and Adult Tae Kwon Do Program as well as the Adult Thai Kickboxing Program is $25 per graduation. Our Black Belt Club and Masters Club members are exempt from Graduation Fees as they are included in your program. If a student is a current annual member of the United States National Taekwondo Federation (You may register at the front counter, $28 per year) you will also receive official rank certification.