The purple to brown belt test is another major test, marking the progression from an intermediate to advanced student. How’s your kiba-dachi? Are you stepping properly? Where is your hikite (pull-back) hand on your techniques? Believe it or not, these small points will make a difference in the examiner’s eyes. Demonstrate good form, and execute techniques with speed and power (like you’re an advanced student!)
First is Kihon
Age uke, Gyaku-tsuki
Soto uke zenkutsu-dachi, Empi uchi kiba-dachi – step forward outside block in front stance, then shift into horse stance, elbow strike. The elbow strike comes from underneath the opposite hand.
Shuto uke kokutsu-dachi, Nukite zenkutsu-dachi – stepping back knife hand block in back stance, then shift into front stance, spear hand strike. Make sure your front stance is wide enough.
Maegeri-ren geri (double front snap kick) – chudan, jodan.
Mawashi geri-ren geri (round house kick) – chudan, jodan. Use your hips to help transition between kicks. Remember to pull your kicks back.