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Welcome to Dynamic Martial Arts' student section!
Here you will find info on curriculum, terminology and philosophy, and links to other amazing resources like printable instructions, tips and tricks to improve your training, video tutorials, and more! Be sure to check back often as the questions you ask your instructors may quickly make it onto this page to help everyone!
Train with passion and integrity!!
BELT LEVELS & STRIPES
The belts levels at DMA are laid out in such a way that allows younger students the time needed to develop as a martial artist while still having opportunities to earn new belts.
It is important to note that the time spent at each rank are not set in stone ... meaning a student is expected to complete the requirements for the next rank before being allowed to test.
Check out the next section for more info on what goes into moving through the ranks on the way to Black Belt!
Our stripe system is simple and allows students to track their progress during their time at each rank and gives the instructors a quick visual reference as they look around the classroom. Gold stripes are not required, but give students incentive to go above and beyond. Blue stripes are not required either and are there to encourage students to lead by example!
TESTING FOR A NEW RANK
Before being awarded a new rank at DMA, students will need to meet or exceed expectations in the following categories:
Attendance - Each rank has an expected amount of training time that is calculated at an average attendance of 2-3 classes per week. Can a student test early? Yes, that is possible, but only happens when a student is far exceeding expectations in every category .... this is at the discretion of a senior instructor.
Mastery of physical skills - Each rank comes with a set of physical martial arts skills that build on the last. Students must meet an acceptable level of knowledge of these techniques and be able to perform them at the standard set by DMA's instructors.
Knowledge of martial arts terms and philosophy - As with the physical skills, each rank comes with a set of terms or philosophy that students will need to be able to answer or recite. Our goal is to keep the terminology and philosophy up-to-date and relevant to our modern times and to the values of our families. It takes a village!
Parental approval - For the school-aged kids, parent approval will be necessary to move on. Again, we want to support your efforts in keeping kids accountable so they will be responsible adults. Your approval will be for home behavior and academic performance. Should you approve, we will also ask on testing day if their room is clean .... if the answer is yes, then all is good .... if the answer is no, then they will be told that they need to have their room clean before wearing their new rank.
Additional expectations - There will be additional expectations at certain ranks. For example, moving from Yellow Belt to Green Belt is a big step from beginner to intermediate that may come with a goal-setting expectation. Moving into the advanced ranks is also a big change made more significant by having a leadership opportunity in which a student plans and executes a project to benefit their community in a way that is meaningful to that student. Stay tuned for more on this!
Signing up for belt testing: Once a student has met or exceeded the expectation of their rank advancement, they will be eligible to register for the next testing event. THERE ARE NO TESTING FEES for color belts below black belt. Students and/or parents can register for testing at the front desk (we will be working on an online registration option as well).
Testing events: These are held every 4-6 weeks depending on holidays and can be found on the DMA public calendar. Testing events are separate from regular classes and will challenge the students to perform their physical skills at a much higher level of effort and intensity; they will also answer questions on terminology and philosophy. Students are encouraged to invite friends and family to support and cheer them on as they move to the next rank.
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TERMINOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY
Black Belt Titles
1st Degree - Cho Gyo Nim (cho gee-yo nim)
2nd Degree - Bu Sa Bum Nim (boo saw bum nim)
3rd Degree - Sa Bum Nim (saw bum nim)
4th Degree - Bu Kwan Jang Nim (boo kwon jang nim)
5th Degree - Kwan Jang Nim (kwon jang nim)
MORE INFO COMING SOON!!
This info will also be broken up by belt level and added to the printable curriculum sheets.
STUDIO RULES AND MARTIAL ARTS ETIQUETTE
1. Bowing represents respect. Students and staff are expected to show respect to the training area that we share by bowing on and off the mats. Respect between junior students and their seniors and instructors should be mutual and is represented in martial arts by the bow.
2. Saying ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir.’ Students are expected to practice responding in a respectful and mindful manner when addressing their
instructors. Our hope is that students will take that practice out of the dojo and improve the way they respond to parents, teachers, and others.
3. Refer to instructors, staff, and senior students by their rank or with ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am.’
4. Students should turn away from their instructor(s) when fixing their belt or uniform.
5. Attire for classes is full martial arts uniform and belt or martial arts pants, belt, and Dynamic MA t-shirt during the summer months. Shirts with
inappropriate language or images will not be allowed in class.
6. Attire for testing, seminars, and other formal events is full martial arts uniform and belt.
7. Students of Dynamic Martial Arts represent the dojo while they are training and when they are not and are expected to conduct themselves in a
8. No shoes on the mat.
9. No gum or other foods on the mat.
10. The skills learned in class are meant to be used only in defense of one’s self and NEVER to provoke or attack.
11. The responsibility of a senior student is to lead by example and assist junior students when needed.
12. Sparring is a skill that requires time, patience, and supervision. Sparring will only be allowed in class or during special training sessions.
Students should not spar outside of these times.
13. Anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be denied access to the dojo, period. Smoking and vaping are also strongly prohibited in
the dojo as well as outside the front door.
14. Students shall respect the property and surroundings of the dojo in addition to the belongings of others.
15. Please keep finger and toenails trimmed and avoid wearing jewelry that could injure you or other students.
16. Long hair needs to be kept up and out of the face.
17. A full set of gear is required for sparring and includes mouth guard, groin protector (for male students), head gear, foot and had protection.
Chest guards are optional for students over the age of 18.
18. Students are expected to keep their training gear and uniform clean and in good condition.
19. Parents are expected to supervise their own children and pick up after them.
20. Students should not be dropped off or picked up more than 15 minutes from the start or end of class.
21. If you see something, say something. Our goal is to provide our best to our students and families and your feedback is appreciated!
STUDENT OATH (beginning of class)
I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or my physical health.
I will develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
I will use what I learn in class constructively and defensively, to help myself and others, and never to be abusive or offensive.
THE PURPOSE OF DYNAMIC MARTIAL ARTS (end of class)
Instructor says: "The purpose of Dynamic Martial Arts is to?"
Students say: "To develop ourselves physically, mentally, spiritually, with good character sir/ma'am!"