The orange belt test is your third grading – you should be comfortable with the process now. This is a major test, as it marks moving from beginner to intermediate. Once again, the examiner is looking for improvement on kihon, but now, they are looking for the ability to execute simple combos. In kumite, the examiner will make you do the drill on your own time, demonstrating your knowledge of counters. Yes, it’s another day of training, but the examiner is looking for you to train hard – with some speed and power.
The examiner will call your name, and tell you where to line up
First is kihon! (basics)
Oi-tsuki:Sanbon-tsuki – This is your first combo. Stepping punch, but 3 punches in total. The punches must have RHYTHM. The first punch is jodan, and the other two are chudan. Kiai on the 3rd punch of the third set.
Age uke, Gyaku-tsuki – Combo, stepping back. Make sure to finish your rising block (showing your hip back) before punching (showing hips forward). There shouldn’t be a long pause between moves, and it must be done with kime (focus). Kiai on gyaku-tsuki.
Soto uke, Gyaku-tsuki
Shuto uke kokutsu-dachi – stepping back.
Maegeri (front snap kick in front stance) Keep your hands stiff at your sides. Kick stomach level with the ball of your foot, snap your kick back, and kiai on the last one
Yokogeri keage (side snap kick in side stance) Hands up in kumai, do a cross-step, and kick using the EDGE of your foot, in a snapping motion. Pull it back, stepping back down into kiba-dachi. 3 times, each by count
Yokogeri kekomi (side thrust kick in side stance) Hands up in kumai, do a cross-step, and kick, THRUSTING the kick out, holding for a second (to show the difference between snap and thrust kick). Pull it back, and step back down into kiba-dachi. 3 times, each by count
Mawashi geri (round house kick) – hit with the ball of your foot, turning your back foot on the floor to reach.
Next is kata! – Heian Sandan
Last is Ippon-kumite: 1 Step sparring in partners, on YOUR OWN time