Green Belt - Gokyu

Objective

The Green belt begins the advanced period of study at Dragon-Phoenix Martial Arts. At green belt, we start to prepare students for the responsibility of being a black belt. There is a longer waiting period between tests, a greater amount of historical information to learn, and the possibly of being asked to serve as an assistant instructor for our beginner youth class. Being a green belt does not automatically mean you can help teach, nor is it a requirement that you must teach for future ranks. The promotional tests themselves are also longer than for the lower ranks. Our green belt students are, quite literally, the future of our school, thus we expect much more from them. One particularly important attribute is humility. When a certain amount of information is learned, human nature leads us to become comfortable, and possibly over-confident. The Green belt must develop and maintain a high degree of humility to continue learning the advanced aspects of Shaolin Kempo. Humility is a necessary ingredient to quality teaching, which is a level that many green belts strive to attain. An ancient philosopher said, "To be great is to be humble, to be humble is to be great".

Material & Techniques
(Required before next rank)

Written Test


At Master Dwire's discretion, a written exam may be presented on test day. If you fail the written exam you will not pass the test. Tests will only happen if it appears that the students have not been studying their material and cannot answer questions during group discussions.

Blocks


- Ten-point blocking system

Strikes


- Trigger finger
- Eagles' talon
- Crab's pinch
- Elephant trunk

Kicks


- Scissor kick
- Rising heel kick
- Chinese heel kick

Self-Defense Techniques


- Slashing knife
- Back slashing knife
- Back slashing club
- Full nelson
- Half nelson
- Side headlock

Combinations


- Fourteen
- Fifteen
- Sixteen

Forms


- Statue of the Crane

Additional Information


- At least one Kempo punch technique for each combination you know.

Masayoshi "James" Mitose


The following questions should be addressed following your research of James Mitose's contribution to martial arts. We will help answer any questions that you cannot find on the internet.
1. Where was Mitose born?
2. What was the most innovative change that Mitose brought to the martial arts?
3. What was Mitose's mother's maiden name, why was this name important?
4. What crime was Mitose convicted of?
5. How was Johnny Cochran involved?
6. Where did Mitose die?
7. Where (specifically) was Mitose's first dojo located?
8. Name at least two people that Mitose promoted to Black Belt.