White Belt - 6th Rokkyu

Objective

The white belt is the first, and thus the most important, level that our students study. The white belt level is the foundation for all subsequent learning at Dragon-Phoenix Martial Arts. Not all white belts will become black belts, but ALL black belts were once white belts. For this reason the basic information taught at this level is absolutely crucial to advancing in the system. Students who spend the time required to master the basics will almost always make the best martial artists in the future.

Material & Techniques
(Required before next rank)

Movements


- Front position
- Right foot out and elbow position

Blocks


- Eight point blocking system
- Overhead X block

Stances


- Horse
- Crane
- Half-mooning

Strikes


- Front punch
- Thrust punch
- Hammer fist
- Palm Heel
- Back punch

Kicks


- Front instep kick
- Front ball kick
- Side thrust kick
- Back kick

Self-Defense Techniques


- Overhead club defense
- Back choke
- Front choke
- Single lapel grab
- Single wrist grab

Combinations


- Six
- Seven

Forms


- None

Additional Information


- 2 basic Kempo punch techniques
   (1)    Half moon forward left foot, left inward palm block. Right thrust punch stomach;
           Left thrust punch kidneys, right palm heel face.

   (2)    Half moon back with right foot, #2 block. Right front ball kick stomach then
           landing forward with right foot, right palm heel to face.

Five Animals


Leopard
From the Leopard, we learn Speed, Agility and stealth. The Leopard is extremely fast and angular. It sneaks up on its enemies and uses the element of surprise to devastate its opponent before their defenses have the opportunity to be deployed. Master Joe Salomone states, "Real speed comes from being quiet. When you are internally and externally still, there is nothing to block the focus of your movement and thus that movement will be very fast". The Leopard is not as big as the Tiger, but is capable of "providing great effect".

Crane
From the Crane, we learn Grace and Balance & Fluidity. The Crane is very aware of its surroundings and evasive. Many people underestimate the Crane's powerful 6-foot wingspan. It utilizes its beak for poking and its wings for trapping, blocking and striking. Almost all of our kicks are based off of the crane stance, and the crane stance itself is a basic tool for learning balance.

Snake
From the Snake we learn Inner Chi and ground fighting. Some Snakes attack with their fangs and bite where others constrict their opponents. Because of the lack of arms and legs the snake uses its inner chi, while we work on developing our own inner power. We study the snake to improve precision striking and grappling.

Dragon
From the Dragon, we learn Knowledge, Wisdom and its legendary fighting spirit. It is the dragon's incredible will to continue to fight against all odds that are to be emulated. Spinning Dragon tail and circular movements help us study the "Dragon Style" of fighting. The Dragon can change into any animal at any moment. This is a key part of the secrets of movement. It is the dragon spirit that we must dig down deep for to sustain in a fight or any situation where you feel like quitting, in doing so you will likely emerge successful.

Tiger
From the Tiger we learn Strength and Tenacity. Strength can be defined as the ability to endure great hardship. Tenacity is the driving force within that refuses to quit until a goal is reached. The Tiger is very powerful and direct. The Tiger commits its entire mind and body into each move. There is no hesitation in the Tiger's mind.

Rules


SELF-CONTROL: The ability to temper your mind and body.
Self control is the ability to control your own actions and emotions. As we mature into adults, we are expected to develop our levels of self-control. When studying martial arts, self control is essential. We expect our students to show control of their bodies when practicing a technique or sparring. We also expect our students to control their minds when we intentionally make situations frustrating. Self control will not only help you avoid panic in a dangerous situation, but more importantly, it will help you avoid negative situations all together. Practice self-control in the controlled setting of the Dojo so that you will possess it in the uncontrollable setting outside the Dojo.

SINCERITY: The honesty and integrity of your intentions.
We say that Sincerity is an honest promise. This means that you are an individual who keeps your word. We all know someone who often promises things, but rarely delivers on their promises. Conversely, most of us know someone who rarely fails to keep a promise. Obviously, we would rather be associated with the one who is sincere. Remember that others also feel the same way the next time you have the opportunity to keep or break a promise.

CHARACTER: Who you really are as a person.
Character is the sum total of personal qualities that make you who you are. We say that a person?s character is who they are and what they do when they think no one is watching them. Everyone can be honorable and forthright when they know the public is a witness to their actions. We see the REAL person when an individual has the perceived opportunity to do something wrong without getting caught. Your character determines if you will do the right thing or the wrong thing.

ETIQUETTE: Using good manners.
Etiquette is the culmination of your personal manners. Etiquette is a generally accepted code of conduct when dealing with other people. Those who treat others in the way that they would like to be treated are most often using good etiquette. In the Dojo, students exhibit good manners by removing their shoes and bowing upon entering. Students who show up for special events, and help keep the Dojo clean are also showing their understanding of etiquette.

EFFORT: The work that you do.
Effort is the exertion of strength (physical and/or mental) in an attempt to achieve a desired result. The results gained from effort are directly related to the amount of effort exerted. Our objective is to require slightly more effort from our students than they think they can give. This allows them to slowly increase their ability to sustain maximum levels of effort.