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Complete Shotokan Karate Belt Test Standards and Feedback Loop
- April 23, 2014
- Posted by: Jon Hodge
- Category: Shotokan Karate
The most important structure of any system of teaching and learning revolves around the following process:
- Student observation and demonstration
- Teacher examination and feedback to student
- Student correcting and demonstrating for further feedback and improvement
Instruction and Training
In Complete Shotokan Karate the video is the instructional backbone of the training cycle. The videos give the the structure of the way to perform techniques and perfect them in our style. Whether you are a new student or someone with prior experience in another style, we want you to demonstrate techniques in the way we have given in our video instruction.
So in your observation and training you need to pay attention to the details of how things are being done. A simple way to see where you are at with any techniques is to video yourself and review what you are doing in comparison to the training video. Observe and correct yourself. When you are ready, create your exam video and we will examine your belt test videos.
Examination and Feedback
We are certainly looking for students to demonstrate a high level of understanding in the belt level they are testing in. Here is a list of some of the most important items reviewed in belt test examinations.
(1) Stances – We look very closely at stances. You need to work on stances and make sure they are right. Proper stance are important in proper delivery of techniques, balance and posture through Kata.
(2) Posture – Have your head up (chin up), back straight, body torso aligned in proper perspective to the target (opponent).
(3) Focus and Intent – Look at you opponent at all times, have focus, intent and deliver power and energy with each technique.
(4) Preparation, execution and targeting of techniques – We demonstrate how we want techniques performed. In the video instruction there is preparation, execution (delivery) and target information demonstrated and given.
(5) Kata is a choreographed fight, not a string of techniques done one after the other. I look for all the above throughout the Kata.
Feedback is given to the student for improvement of techniques. Certain items may be requested to be worked on and resubmitted for review before approval to move on to the next level is given. There is no review fee involved for resubmitted video examinations.
Student Correcting and Demonstrating for Further Feedback and Improvement
So you see the cycle continues until we get things just the way they need to be. This is the same process that is used in the physical dojo applied to the distance training world.
We hold a high standard for those training with us whether you are in our physical dojo or distance training with our streaming or DVD home study courses. This process works really well and creates a path of success for us all. A black belt is someone who simply never gives up no matter what stands in their way.
Jon Hodge, 6th Dan
Master Instructor – Complete Shotokan Karate