If you are a dedicated student and have been studying the material presented in my Home Study Course, you can submit a video test for promotion. I would be more than happy to view and critique a video test submitted by you.
Submitting your video test is free!
If you decide to submit a video test, I would like you to follow a few guidelines:
- Your test video needs to be unedited. It needs to be filmed in one continuous shot at a location that affords you freedom of movement. You can mail your video test to me on a dvd, or upload it to youtube.
- Clearly state your full name; your city, state, and country of residence; and the rank for which you are testing.
- Name and perform all of the self defense techniques in the belt level for which you are testing at a slow to moderate pace on a practice partner with control and precision. If no practice partner is available, the techniques may be performed in the air. Perform each self defense technique from at least two different angles, and briefly discuss the important principles (Zones of Protection, Power Sources, Quadrants, etc.).
- Demonstrate the "right" and "left" side of each technique. That means demonstrate the self defense technique so that the strikes and maneuvers favor your right (left) hand and foot. This will convince me that you have not only learned and mastered the material the way I have presented it to you, but you have also taught yourself the "opposite side."
- Name and perform all of the kicking and set requirements in the belt level for which you are testing. Perform each kick from at least two different angles.
- Demonstrate each kick on both sides (right and left foot).
There is no need to demonstrate anything from the Basics section. If you can properly perform the self defense techniques, kicking requirements, and sets, then you must have a good grasp of the basics.
Please contact me when you are ready to submit your video test.
You will receive a detailed and polite critique of your strengths and weaknesses for each technique, kick, and set.
If you have also been promoted to a particular belt level, you will receive a certificate (.pdf) stating your name and rank.