How To Get Your Yellow Belt

If you are expecting to get a new belt or a tip you will need to go through a grading. A grading is a test that could include:point sparring , Kata and showing fighting techniques to the Sensei. When I had my first grading I was very nervous(obviously) and I had butterflies in my tummy. Still,when the Sensei called me and my big sister up to do some fighting techniques (in front of the whole class!) it was pretty nerve racking but when we were finished I felt so free and awesome. So when you are doing a grading don’t try to panic too much and always give it your strongest and best shot.

I thought it was an amazing experience and I never thought I would feel so good afterwards.

The Yellow Belt Jodan Kata

The kata we had to do is called Jodan.  Jodan Kata is basically a mix of punches to the face and Jodan blocks in a big I shape. Don’t forget the kia at each third punch in the line or the breathing in from the nose and out from the mouth.

Here’s a video of the Jodan Kata that we had to do for our yellow belt.  Can you see the blocks and the punches?  It feels great when you can do these, and they are not too hard.

Hope you enjoyed the video.  Drop us a comment and let us know.  Feel free to point out what we can improve in our karate techniques, too.  After all, we’re still learning 🙂

I can’t wait to learn more advanced katas and fighting techniques.  Watching the higher belt people practice their katas looks so awesome.  But even being a yellow belt, just above white already feels very cool!

Hope that’s helpful if you’re looking for how to get your yellow belt.

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6 Responses to How To Get Your Yellow Belt

  1. Frank says:

    You look really cool in your video. Did it take you long to learn this?
    How much time do you practice karate outside of your classes?
    I just started my karate classes, so I’m still a white belt 🙂

    • natasha says:

      Thank you for your comment Frank!
      yes it did take us pretty long to learn that Kata.My guess is that it took us about five weeks(we only do training two days a week for one hour at the dojo)

      Just like most starting white belts it was a funny experience with all the seniors around.
      Our practicing at home is a bit uneven,but generally we practice every second day for ten to twenty minutes.
      -Natasha 🙂

  2. Zachary says:

    Congratulations to you both on your promotions!

    • Zachary says:

      A sequence of training I’ve found helpful is this:
      1) Train slowly, with prearranged techniques, alone
      2) Train fast, with prearranged techniques, alone
      3) Train slowly, with spontaneous techniques, alone
      4) Train fast, with spontaneous techniques, alone
      5) Train slowly, with prearranged techniques, with a partner
      6) Train fast, with prearranged techniques, with a partner
      7) Train slowly, with spontaneous techniques, with a partner
      8) Train fast, with spontaneous techniques, with a partner

      • Zachary says:

        Hmm. that smiley-faced dude should be an ‘8.’ Anyways, prearranged techniques can be kata, or yakusoku kumite; spontaneous techniques are of course for sparring. When training slowly, you can focus on form, ie. feet and hands are in the right spots, facing the right direction, limbs aren’t straight, etc. Training fast, you can focus on speed and power.

        Hope this helps.

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