AOKS Promotion Requirements

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General Promotion Requirements

Required for all promotions:

  • All dues must be current.
  • Must be a current AKANA member.
  • All patches must be in correct place on uniform.
  • Respect must be exemplified outside of dojo.
  • Every promotion is based on 99% attitude.
  • Must have required stamps on promotion attendance card.
  • Must have required time-in.
  • All tape stripes are required.
  • Material is accumulative at Green Belt, Red Belt, and Black Belt Levels.


Stripe Testing will be held the last week of each month.

  • White  Stripe - Self-defense Waza
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts
  • Orange Stripe - Sequences 
  • Green Stripe - Weapon Kata
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique/Sparring/Pad Drills
  • Red Stripe - Empty-hand Kata

Screaming Eagle Rank

Yellow Stripe Belt - Black Stripe Belt  

  • Must be a Beginner AKANA member. 
  • Must have 24 class hours stamped on promotion card.
  • No certain time-in is required for SE rank.
  • All tape stripes are required.


Stripe Testing

  • White Stripe - Knowledge of Self-defense Waza (1-6) according to time-in (executed from a fighting stance).
  • Yellow Stripe - Knowledge of Grab Arts (1-6) according to time-in (executed with instructors as uke).
  • Orange Stripe - Knowledge of Sequences according to time-in (stances, blocks, strikes, and kicks).
  • Green Stripe - Knowledge of Bo Pivot Form & Nunchuck Pivot Form according to time-in.
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique (1-8)/Sparring/Pad Drills according to time-in.
  • Red Stripe - Knowledge of Left & Right Pivot Form according to time-in.

Jr. Solid Rank

White Stripe Yellow Belt - White Stripe Black Belt

  • Responsible for same solid belt rank requirements listed below
  • Material does not have to be performed at the same maturity level of a solid belt rank.
  • Will be evaluated for solid belt rank when age and maturity requirements are met (will not necessarily have to start over at solid yellow belt).

Beginner Solid Rank

Yellow Belt - Green Belt 

  • Must be at least 9 years old. 
  • Must show a maturity level of physical and mental development.
  • Must be a Beginner AKANA member.
  • Each rank requires 24 class hours stamped on promotion card.
  • Every promotion requires 2 months time-in.
  • Two tournament stars are required. 
  • Beginner Sun & Moon Patch is required. 
  • Two Kata Bronze Tomoe Patch is required. 


Yellow Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-3
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-3
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 1
  • Green Stripe - Bo Pivot Form
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-4
  • Red Stripe - Left & Right Pivot Form


Gold Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-6
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-6
  • Orange Stripe - Elbow Sequence 1
  • Green Stripe - Nunchuck Pivot Form
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-6
  • Red Stripe - H-Pattern 1


Orange Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-9
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-9
  • Orange Stripe - Blocking Sequence 1
  • Green Stripe - Two-Man Bo Set (1)
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-8
  • Red Stripe - H-Pattern 2


Green Belt

  • White Stripe - Stance Sequence 1 (1-12), Blocking Sequence 1 (1-12), Elbow Sequence 1 (1-12)
  • Yellow Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-12
  • Orange Stripe - Grab Arts 1-12
  • Green Stripe - Bo Pivot Form, Nunchuck Pivot Form, Two-Man Bo Set (1)
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-8
  • Red Stripe - Left & Right Pivot Form, H-Pattern 1, H-Pattern 2, H-Pattern 3

Intermediate Solid Rank

Light Blue Belt - Red Belt

  • Must be an Intermediate AKANA member.
  • Each rank requires 36 class hours stamped on promotion card.
  • Every promotion requires 3 months time-in.
  • Four tournament stars are required.
  • Intermediate Sun & Moon Patch is required.
  • Five Kata Silver Tomoe Patch is required.


Light Blue Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-15
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-15
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 2
  • Green Stripe - Bo Kata 1 
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-12
  • Red Stripe - Lion Form


Dark Blue Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-18
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-18
  • Orange Stripe - Elbow Sequence 2
  • Green Stripe - Two-Man Bo Set (2)
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-14
  • Red Stripe - Swift Like the Deer


Purple Belt 

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-21
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-21
  • Orange Stripe - Blocking Sequence 2
  • Green Stripe - Tonfa Kata 1 or Nunchuck Kata 1
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-16
  • Red Stripe - White Crane 1


Red Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-24
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-24
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 2 (1-24), Blocking Sequence 2 (1-24), Elbow Sequence 2 (1-24)
  • Green Stripe - Bo Pivot Form, Nunchuck Pivot Form, Two-Man Bo Set (1) Bo Kata 1, Two-Man Bo Set (2), Tonfa Kata 1 or Nunchuck Kata 1
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-18
  • Red Stripe - Left & Right Pivot Form, H-Pattern 1, H-Pattern 2, H-Pattern 3, Lion Form, Swift Like the Deer, White Crane 1 

Advanced Solid Rank

Light Brown Belt -  Black Belt

  • Must be an Advanced AKANA member.
  • Each rank requires 48 class hours stamped on promotion card.
  • Every promotion requires 4 months time-in.
  • Six tournament stars are required.
  • Advanced Sun & Moon Patch is required.
  • International White Crane Patch is required.
  • Seven Kata Diamond Tomoe Patch is required.


 Light Brown Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-27
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-27
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 3
  • Green Stripe - Tonfa Pivot Form
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-20
  • Red Stripe - Naihanchi Sho


Medium Brown Belt 

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-30
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-30
  • Orange Stripe - Blocking Sequence 3
  • Green Stripe - Tonfa Kata 1
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-22
  • Red Stripe - Sanchin


Dark Brown Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-33
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-33
  • Orange Stripe - Elbow Sequence 2 on both sides
  • Green Stripe - Sai Pivot Form
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-24
  • Red Stripe - Bassai Dai


Shodan Black Belt

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-36
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-36
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 3 (1-36), Blocking Sequence 3 (1-36), Elbow Sequence 2 (1-24) on both sides
  • Green Stripe - Bo Pivot Form, Nunchuck Pivot Form, Two-Man Bo Set (1) Bo Kata 1, Two-Man Bo Set (2), Nunchuck Kata 1, Tonfa Kata 1, Sai Pivot Form, 1 empty-hand kata with any weapon
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-27
  • Red Stripe - Left & Right Pivot Form, H-Pattern 1, H-Pattern 2, H-Pattern 3, Lion Form, Swift Like the Deer, White Crane 1, Naihanchi Sho, Sanchin, Bassai Dai


 Nidan Black Belt

  • Must be a Yudansha AKANA member.
  • Each rank requires 150 class hours stamped on promotion card.
  • Every promotion requires 12-24 months time-in.
  • Eight tournament stars are required.
  • Yudansha Sun & Moon Patch is required.
  • Ten Kata Tomoe Patch is required.

Tape stripes

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-12 with alternative finish
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-12 with alternative finish
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 3 (1-36), Blocking Sequence 3 (1-36), Elbow Sequence 2 (1-24) on both sides
  • Green Stripe - Bo Pivot Form, Nunchuck Pivot Form, Two-Man Bo Set (1) Bo Kata 1, Two-Man Bo Set (2), Nunchuck Kata 1, Tonfa Kata 1, Sai Pivot Form, Bo Kata 2, Two-Man Bo Set (3),  2 empty-hand kata with any weapon 
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-27
  • Red Stripe - Left & Right Pivot Form, H-Pattern 1, H-Pattern 2, H-Pattern 3, Lion Form, Swift Like the Deer, White Crane 1, Naihanchi Sho, Sanchin, Bassai Dai, Naihanchi Ni, White Crane 2, Empi, 5-Animal Form


Sandan Black Belt

  • Must be a Yudansha AKANA member.
  • Each rank requires 300 class hours stamped on promotion card.
  • Every promotion requires 24-36 months time-in.
  • Ten tournament stars are required. 
  • 2 Yudansha Sun & Moon Patches are required.
  • Five Kata Black Belt Tomoe Patch is required.

Tape stripes

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-24 with alternative finish 
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-24 with alternative finish 
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 3 (1-36), Blocking Sequence 3 (1-36), Elbow Sequence 2 (1-24) on both sides
  • Green Stripe - Bo Pivot Form, Nunchuck Pivot Form, Two-Man Bo Set (1) Bo Kata 1, Two-Man Bo Set (2), Nunchuck Kata 1, Tonfa Kata 1, Sai Pivot Form, Bo Kata 2, Two-Man Bo Set (3), Two-Man Bo Set (4),  3 empty-hand kata with any weapon 
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-27
  • Red Stripe - Left & Right Pivot Form, H-Pattern 1, H-Pattern 2, H-Pattern 3, Lion Form, Swift Like the Deer, White Crane 1, Naihanchi Sho, Sanchin, Bassai Dai, Naihanchi Ni, White Crane 2, Empi, 5-Animal Form, Naihanchi San, White Crane 3, Go Pei Sho, Dan Enn Sho,  Sun & Moon Form


Yondan Black Belt

  • Must be a Yudansha AKANA member.
  • Each rank requires 450 class hours stamped on promotion card.
  • Every promotion requires 36-48 months time-in.
  • 3 Yudansha Sun & Moon Patches are required.
  • Teaching credentials are required.
  • Seventeen Kata Gold Diamond Tomoe Patch is required.

Tape stripes

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-36 with alternative finish 
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-36 with alternative finish 
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 3 (1-36), Blocking Sequence 3 (1-36), Elbow Sequence 2 (1-24) on both sides
  • Green Stripe - Bo Pivot Form, Nunchuck Pivot Form, Two-Man Bo Set (1) Bo Kata 1, Two-Man Bo Set (2), Nunchuck Kata 1, Tonfa Kata 1, Sai Pivot Form, Bo Kata 2, Two-Man Bo Set (3), Two-Man Bo Set (4), 4 empty-hand kata with any weapon 
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-27
  • Red Stripe - Left & Right Pivot Form, H-Pattern 1, H-Pattern 2, H-Pattern 3, Lion Form, Swift Like the Deer, White Crane 1, Naihanchi Sho, Sanchin, Bassai Dai, Naihanchi Ni, White Crane 2, Empi, 5-Animal Form, Naihanchi San, White Crane 3, Go Pei Sho, Dan Enn Sho,  Sun & Moon Form, O'Naihanchi, White Crane 4, Unsu


Godan Black Belt

  • Must be a Yudansha AKANA member.
  • Each rank requires 600 class hours stamped on promotion card.
  • Every promotion requires 48-60 months time-in.
  • Teacher of Teachers credential is required.
  • Gold Pinnacle Tomoe with Ruby as a possibility.
  • Mushin, Warrior Sweat, and Firewalk Award is required.

Tape stripes

  • White Stripe - Self-defense Waza 1-36 with alternative finish performed in sets
  • Yellow Stripe - Grab Arts 1-36 with alternative finish performed in sets
  • Orange Stripe - Stance Sequence 3 (1-36), Blocking Sequence 3 (1-36), Elbow Sequence 2 (1-24) on both sides
  • Green Stripe - Bo Pivot Form, Nunchuck Pivot Form, Two-Man Bo Set (1) Bo Kata 1, Two-Man Bo Set (2), Nunchuck Kata 1, Tonfa Kata 1, Sai Pivot Form, Bo Kata 2, Two-Man Bo Set (3), Two-Man Bo Set (4), 5 empty-hand kata with any weapon 
  • Blue Stripe - Fighting Technique 1-27
  • Red Stripe - Left & Right Pivot Form, H-Pattern 1, H-Pattern 2, H-Pattern 3, Lion Form, Swift Like the Deer, White Crane 1, Naihanchi Sho, Sanchin, Bassai Dai, Naihanchi Ni, White Crane 2, Empi, 5-Animal Form, Naihanchi San, White Crane 3, Go Pei Sho, Dan Enn Sho,  Sun & Moon Form, O'Naihanchi, White Crane 4, Unsu, White Crane 5, Gojushiho, Nan Dan Sho, Suparinpei