UTKM Belt Testing: Adult Requirements

Posted: January 11, 2018 by urbantacticskravmaga in UTKM Testing
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First off, if you haven’t read about our belts, in general, please see the page UTKM Belts – Our Story & Process.

In order to test for any specific belt level, you must meet the MINIMUM requirements.  However, remember that these are only MINIMUMS and do not immediately entitle you to test once you have met them (see “Goodhart’s Law”).  Please do not ask your instructor to test, you will be asked when your instructor has deemed you ready.  It doesn’t matter if you think you are ready, if the instructor does not think you are ready, then you are not ready.  There are a variety factors to consider when inviting students to test, from that student’s technical skill or mental preparedness, to mundane considerations, such as scheduling, number of participants, etc..  Please do not take it personally.

UTKM Adult Belt Rankings (Age 16+)

White Belt Progress Assessment – Fee $50
  • Completed a minimum of 30-40 hours of class time at White belt.
  • Participated in a minimum of 10 sparring sessions in the Warrior classes.
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact.

Yellow Belt Test – Fee $50

  • Completed a minimum of 70 hours class time at White belt, Warrior, and Defense classes, and be approved by your regular instructor.
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact.
  • Completed at least one White Belt Progress Assessment.
  • Have volunteered in or witnessed a previous Yellow belt test.
  • Attended classes a minimum of once a week for 6 weeks prior to testing.
  • Are physically and mentally ready for the test, as determined by your instructor.
Yellow Belt Progress Assessment – Fee $50
  • Completed a minimum of 30-40 hours at Yellow belt
  • Continued to advance your sparring skills in the Warrior classes
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact

Orange Belt Test – Fee $100

  • Completed a minimum of 70 hours at Yellow belt,
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Completed at least one Yellow Belt Progress Assessment
  • Recorded at least 2/3 of your required hours in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Demonstrated competency in the Yellow Belt Curriculum
  • Have volunteered in or witnessed a previous Orange or Green belt test
  • Attended classes a minimum of once a week for 6 weeks prior to testing
  • Are physically and mentally ready for the test, as determined by your instructor
  • Have prepared for the written portion of the test by studying the UTKM Blog and Guides
Orange Belt Progress Assessment – Fee $50
  • Completed a minimum of 100 hours at Orange belt
  • Continued to advance your sparring skills in the Warrior classes
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Have sparred at least 5 times in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Recorded at least half your hours at the Novice Colour Belt class level

Green Belt Test– Fee $100

  • Completed a minimum of 140 hours at Orange belt,
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Completed at least one Orange Belt Progress Assessment
  • Recorded at least half of your hours in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Demonstrated competency in the Yellow and Orange Belt Curriculum
  • Have volunteered in or witnessed a previous Orange or Green belt test
  • Attended classes a minimum of once a week for 6 weeks prior to testing
  • Are physically and mentally ready for the test, as determined by your instructor, including the ability to run a minimum of 2km
  • Have prepared for the written portion of the test by studying the UTKM Blog and Guides
  • Have received your Firearms License (PAL)
Green Belt Progress Assessment – Fee $100
  • Completed a minimum of 150 hours at Green belt
  • Continued to advance your fundamentals in Warrior and Defense classes
  • Continued to advanced your novice skills in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Have attended enough Advanced classes to know at least 2/3 of the material
  • Ensure that you know the majority of the Green Belt Theory
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Have sparred at least 5 times in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Recorded at least 1/3 of your hours at Advanced and 1/3 at Novice Colour Belt classes

Blue Belt Test – Fee $150

  • Completed a minimum of 180 hours at Green belt,
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Completed at least one Green Belt Progress Assessment
  • Demonstrated competency in the Yellow, Orange, and Green Belt Curriculum
  • Have volunteered in or witnessed a previous Orange or Green belt test
  • Have attended enough Advanced classes to know all of the material
  • Ensure that you know all of the Green Belt Theory
  • Have sparred at least 5 times in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Recorded at least 1/3 of your hours at Advanced and 1/3 at Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Attended classes a minimum of once a week for 6 weeks prior to testing
  • Are physically and mentally ready for the test, as determined by your instructor, including the ability to run a minimum of 5km
  • Have prepared for the written portion of the test by studying the UTKM Blog, Guides, and Advanced Class theory notes
  • Have volunteered a min of 8 times for testing or assessments
Blue Belt Progress Assessment Fee – $200
  • Completed a minimum of 200 hours at Blue belt
  • Continued to advance your fundamentals in Warrior and Defense classes
  • Continued to advance your novice skills in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Have attended enough Advanced classes to know at least 2/3 of the material
  • Demonstrated competency in the Yellow, Orange, and Green Belt Curriculum
  • Ensure that you know the Green Belt material
  • Ensure that you know at least 2/3 of the Blue Belt material
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Have sparred at least 5 times in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Recorded at least 1/3 of your hours at Advanced and 1/3 at Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Demonstrated competency in safe firearms handling for Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun
  • Have trained in, or demonstrated that you have completed, enough live fire training

Brown Belt Test – Fee $250

  • Completed a minimum of 280 hours at Blue belt
  • Completed at least one Blue Belt Progress Assessment
  • Continued to advance your fundamentals in Warrior and Defense classes
  • Continued to advance your novice skills in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Have attended enough Advanced classes to know at least 2/3 of the material
  • Demonstrated competency in the Yellow, Orange, and Green Belt Curriculum
  • Ensure that you know the Green and Blue Belt material
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Have sparred at least 5 times in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Recorded at least 1/3 of your hours at Advanced and 1/3 at Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Demonstrated competency in safe firearms handling for Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun
  • Have trained in, or demonstrated that you have completed, enough live fire training
  • Demonstrated competency in live fire training
  • Have volunteered a min of 15 times for testing or assessments at all levels
  • Are physically and mentally ready for the test, as determined by your instructor, including the ability to complete a minimum 2km weighted run
  • Demonstrated competency in Krav Maga application for civilian, security, and law enforcement
  • Have prepared for the written portion of the test by studying the UTKM Blog, Guides, and Advanced Class theory notes
Brown Belt Progress Assessment – $300
  • Completed a minimum of 300 hours at Brown belt
  • Continued to advance your fundamentals in Warrior and Defense Classes
  • Continued to advance your novice skills in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Have attended enough Advanced classes to know at least 2/3 of the material
  • Demonstrated competency in the White, Yellow, Orange, and Green Belt Curriculum
  • Ensure that you know the Green and Blue material
  • Ensure that you know at least 2/3 of the Brown Belt material
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Have sparred at least 5 times in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Recorded at least 1/3 of your hours at Advanced and 1/3 at Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Demonstrated competency in safe firearms handling for Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun
  • Have trained in, or demonstrated that you have completed, enough live fire training
  • Demonstrated competency in the ability to teach all levels of UTKM material

Black Belt Test – Fee $400

  • Completed a minimum of 400 hours at Brown Belt
  • Completed at least one Brown Belt Progress Assessment
  • Continued to advance your fundamentals in Warrior and Defense Classes
  • Continued to advance your novice skills in the Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Have attended enough Advanced classes to know and teach all levels of UTKM techniques
  • Ensure than you know all levels of theory
  • Demonstrated competency in sparring, and can safely spare with contact
  • Recorded at least 1/3 of your hours at Advanced and 1/3 at Novice Colour Belt classes
  • Demonstrated competency in safe firearms handling for Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun
  • Have trained in, or demonstrated that you have completed, enough live fire training
  • Demonstrated competency in live fire training
  • Have volunteered a min of 20 times for testing or assessments at all levels
  • Demonstrated competency in Krav Maga application for civilian, security, and law enforcement
  • Are physically and mentally ready for the test, as determined by your instructor, including the ability to complete a minimum 5km weighted run
  • Have prepared for the written portion of the test by studying the UTKM Blog, Guides, and Advanced Class theory notes
  • Are prepared to teach beginner, novice, and advanced students
  • Have achieved a Blue Belt, or higher, in BJJ or comparable grappling style

*Testing fees are subject to change unilaterally by UTKM.

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