Black Belt Candidate Information
Note: See current schedule of Boot Camp Classes at the bottom of this page!
Welcome to the Shodan Ho Class!We have found that this is the most productive and meaningful time for your child in our under-black belt program.In the interest of communication I’ve put together this small FAQ to help you understand how this class works.
Shodan Ho class is divided into two levels:Beginning and Advanced.
Beginning Shodan Ho: Students in this level will notice that expectations go up in terms of fitness requirements, difficulty of material and discipline levels.In the course of 6 months they will be required to learn 2 very difficult kata (training routines), review and polish the 5 kata they already know and master the principles of freestyle self defense.The goal of this level is to learn all the material that will be on their Black Belt examination.At the end of the Beginning Shodan Ho they will test into Advanced Shodan Ho by performing the kata Bassaidai on the regular belt promotion.
Advanced Shodan Ho:Now that they “know” the material we take another jump with the emphasis on excellence and calmness under pressure.This is where major improvements occur.The time spent in this level depends on the individual student and when they “get it”. You will spend at least 6 months in this level.Here students will be challenged in even more meaningful ways.During the last three months, students most weeks will train three days instead of two.On Saturdays students will be expected to train for three hours in what we informally call “Boot Camp Classes”.This training will be with Shihan Doug Adamson, the founder and highest level instructor of our school.Sensei Lowell Johnson, the chief instructor is also heavily involved at this level.There will be additional cost to these extra classes.Shihan takes the Shodan Ho from all of our schools and makes it his job to develop a “set jaw” – how he describes the mental attitude of an Adamson’s Karate Black Belt.This is a highly individual process and you will notice the most noticeable improvements in overall confidence here at this level.
How long is the Shodan Ho program?
This class will last for 12 months.Many students will need a little more time if they aren’t ready.Remember, this is not just about what they know – it’s about their strengthing of character.You should support our decision and encourage your child to do his/her personal best.
What are the stripe requirements for each semester?
1.One Blue stripe – Extra curricular
2.One Yellow stripe – Assist twice in the lower classes
What are the "Boot Camp Classes"?
These classes are designed to help students prepare for their BB examinations.Shihan has a system that produces results.Attendees will get to know him and he will get a chance to push, prod, challenge and tweek our Zionsville students.These classes are for all shodan ho students from all of our schools and are usually held between the Zionsville and Avon Schools.Classes are three hours in duration. You pay by the class. Cash or check made out to Douglas Adamson in the amount of $20.
When do we start the classes with Shihan?
Fourth semester.Although if you want to participate earlier it’s not a problem.
During fourth semester can we do other sports?
Please no.Other sports will only get in the way during this time – and think about it, don’t you want to do your very best on your exam and be fully prepared?All throughout our program participation in other sports is fine but during this period it’s wise to choose your battles.
How often are the black belt tests?
They are held every three to four months.If you fail your first test you will be eligible to take the following one.
After all cousework and hourly requirements are met, the testing process involves the following:
The first "test" is the evaluation held two weeks before the test. Shihan will personally determine who has a shot at passing the exam and who doesn't.
- Test -- This will be the formal test attended only by students and immediate family members. There will be a review board of more than twenty of our black belts along with the senior Sensei of our Dojo and Shihan.
- If they pass the test, they will be awarded their belts in the Black belt class here at Zionsville.
How can my child successfully pass?
Shihan and the Senior Sensei’ s of our school will be looking for:
1.Dedication-- How much of a REAL effort has this student put in to this goal
2.Discipline – Has this student shown himself to be a disciplined Karate player and do they show respect.
3.Attitude -- How positive is this student and how much confidence in her ability does she have
4.Excellence – How correct is this students Karate technique
5.Determination under pressure -- Can this student “set the jaw” in the face of chaotic freestyle self-defense?
What happens after they test?
Students are then welcome to attend our Black Belt class.
Print out the Shodan Ho book SHHistoryBooktext.doc You will need the information in the Shodan Ho book to study for the history portion of the Black Belt exam.
Below are the Boot Camp classes we have scheduled so far. Additional classes may be added at a later date and we will send you an email with that information.
Current Boot Camp Schedule:
Saturday, August 24, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, August 25, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, August 31, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, September 1, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Yes!!! I know this is Labor Day Weekend
I will be here if you need me
If you can’t make class, we will understand
Saturday, September 7, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, September 8, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, September 14, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, September 15, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday, September 21, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, September 22, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
SHODAN HO PROGRESS CHECK
Saturday, September 28, Progress Check, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, September 29, Boot Camp, Zionsville Dojo, 3:00pm to 6:00pm
MORE INFORMATION ON:
THE REMAINING SCHEDULE OF BOOT CAMP CLASSES
THE SHODAN HO PROGRESS CHECK
THE BLACK BELT EVALUATION
SHODAN HO SEMINARS
THE BLACK BELT TEST
WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER THIS SEMESTER
DIRECTIONS TO THE ZIONSVILLE DOJO ARE LISTED BELOW
BOOT CAMP CLASS FEES:
Boot Camp Classes are $20.00 per Class (Family Cost $30)
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR BOOT CAMP CLASSES:
You MUST wear a FULL GI (TOP, PANTS AND BELT)
You MUST bring both RUBBER and WOODEN Nunchucku
You will need rubber Nunchucku when practicing in a large group
You will have to use wooden Nunchuckus on the Black Belt Evaluation and Test so you should start practicing with them as soon as you are comfortable with them.
You MUST bring the following equipment to all Boot Camp Classes.
Head gear (WITH FACE SHIELD)
Hand & foot pads
NOTE: Persons who do not have equipment will be asked to sit out part of the more intense sessions for safety reasons.
If you have any questions. Please contact me.
Sensei Lowell Johnson, Shichidan
Adamson’s Karate Studios
Cell phone 317-902-5765