Kung Fu

Far East Martial Arts and Fitness’s Guide to Rankings

The higher the rank one achieves, the more humble the individual should be. In western culture humility is often viewed as a weakness but the opposite is really true. Remember, as you increase in rank, so do your responsibilities. You have the opportunity to set the right example for all those that follow after you. Click a color below to learn more about techniques and forms that will be learned in that class.

yellow rank

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 3)

  • # 6
  • # 7
  • Tiger checks the wall
  • Tiger climbs the boulder
  • Crane checks the wall
  • Hammering crane
  • Tiger parts the reeds (low x block)
  • Leopard avoids the storm
  • Leopard checks the wall

Forms

  • 8 point blocking system with half mooning forward and backwards
  • Half of Dragon’s Breathe Fire # 1

Hand Strikes

  • Front two knuckle
  • Back two knuckle

Kicks

  • Front Ball
  • Rising knee

Stances

  • Front position
  • Horse
  • Half moon

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Role from mount

Comments

Improvements of balance and coordination but no power or speed is necessary at this level.
orange rank
Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 3)

  • # 3
  • Kneeling leopard – beginning version
  • Side palm crane
  • Crane circles prey
  • Tiger parts the bamboo (high x block)
  • Tiger climbs the mountain (first half)
  • The rib cracker (leopard)
  • Chain punching leopard

Forms

  • Dragon’s Breathe Fire # 1

Hand Strikes

  • All hammer fists
  • All elbows
  • Palm

Kicks

  • Back
  • Roundhouse
  • Roundhouse knee
  • Side blade

Stances

  • Greater depth in your stances

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Side Control

Comments

Understanding how to move in and out of each stance with kicks and strikes. These skills are taught through short preset techniques often taken from forms or shaolin defensive combinations. About 8 of these techniques should be known by now.

purple rank

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 2
  • # 5
  • # 18
  • Rolling wind leopard
  • Swatting leopard
  • Leopard snaps the twig
  • Crane checks the wall – advanced version
  • Kneeling leopard – advanced version
  • Snake checks the wall

Forms

  • Dragon’s Breathe Fire # 2
  • Monk Stands Ready # 1
  • 8 point blocking system with strikes

Hand Strikes

  • Sword
  • Chicken wrist
  • Back hand
  • Back fist
  • Spear hand

Kicks

  • Crescent
  • Reverse crescent
  • Mule

Stances

  • Cat
  • Modified twist

Ground Fighting (For Adults class ONLY)

  • Americana Arm Bar (Figure 4)
  • Calf Lock

Comments

Power and speed are now beginning to show, and control of the same is expected. The ability to fall to the ground safely at half speed is obtained.

blue rank

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 4
  • # 9
  • # 12
  • Simple crane
  • Six elbow leopard
  • 5 fist of dragon
  • Simple leopard
  • Leg hawk tiger (tiger takes eyes)

Forms

  • Dragon’s Breathe Fire # 3

Hand Strikes

  • Tigers claw
  • Leopards paw
  • Ridge hand
  • Cranes beak
  • Forearm strike
  • Dragon’s claw

Kicks

  • Ax
  • Side & Front thrust
  • Rising front ball
  • Stomp
  • Spinning back
  • Roundhouse ball and instep

Stances

  • Leaning
  • Reverse Bow

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Reverse arm bar
  • Rear naked choke
  • Guillotine

Comments

Sparring skills should begin to show good use of blocks, and techniques. Formal top is required.

blue rank advanced

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 10
  • # 15
  • Dragon checks the wall
  • Swatting tiger
  • Crane spreads its wings (first half)
  • Simple Tiger Chain punching crane (Alicia’s crane)
  • Crane avoids the storm (Ben’s crane)
  • Snake pokes apple

Forms

  • Monk Stands Ready # 2
  • One side of two man fist set

Hand Strikes

  • Hook
  • Upper cut
  • 3/4 punch

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Variations of Chokes

Comments

An overall increase of skill level from blue rank is required in the ability of applying your material on a practice partner.

green rank

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 8
  • # 11
  • # 14
  • Crane spreads its wings (2nd half)
  • Not simple crane
  • Tiger snaps twig
  • Simple snake
  • Tasmanian devil
  • Smash kick crane
  • Crane snaps twig
  • Fancy crane
  • Dragon goes through anything

Forms

  • 10 point blocking system
  • Dragon’s Breathe Fire # 4

Hand Strikes

  • Two finger
  • Immortal man
  • Eagle talon
  • Poison thumb
  • Trigger finger
  • Dragons trap

Kicks

  • Stepping stool
  • Hook
  • Hopping front and side
  • Scissor

Stances

  • T-Stance

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Go Go Plata (Shin)

Comments

Partner practice should be more spontaneous with a greater range of useable techniques under pressure.

green rank advanced

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 16
  • # 17
  • 5 kicks of dragon
  • Dragon snaps the twig
  • Chain spearing snake
  • Advanced rolling wind leopard
  • Snake snaps twig
  • Snake comes along

Forms

  • Stature of the crane

Hand Strikes

  • Phoenix fist
  • U punch

Kicks

  • Wheel
  • Smash

Stances

  • Crane

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Omo Plata

Comments

All new material from green rank should be fine tuned including applications of the same.

red rank

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 13
  • Monkey snatches plums
  • Crane plays boulder
  • Eagle avoids storm
  • Smash kick snake
  • Swinging snake
  • Tiger climbs the mountain (advanced version)
  • Advanced rib cracker
  • Shot put crane
  • Leopard paw
  • Dragon stands up (Budda Dragon)

Forms

  • Second half of two man fist set
  • Dragon’s Breathe Fire # 5 (First half)

Hand Strikes

  • Rising Sun

Kicks

  • Rising heel

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Proficient at ground

Comments

To understand how everything you have learned applies to you as an individual in relation to other body types and personalities.

red rank advanced

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 20
  • Leopard climbs the mountain
  • Tiger avoids storm
  • Simple dragon
  • Swinging crane
  • Tiger walks through anything
  • Snake plays with boulder
  • Crane climbs mountain

Forms

  • Dragon’s Breathe Fire # 5 (Second half)
  • Monk Stands Ready # 3

Hand Strikes

  • Rekon
  • Finger whip

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Fluid transitions from ground to standing

Comments

Brown is the time to review all of your material from yellow through red advanced rank. Your own style is beginning to show by now with its strengths and weakness.

brown rank

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 19
  • Advance chain punching leopard
  • Tiger plays with boulder
  • Brain scrambler (Tiger)
  • Dragon avoids the storm (Bell ringer)
  • Snake avoids the storm
  • Leopard climbs the boulder
  • Dragon rides the wind
  • Monk beats drum

Forms

  • Monk Stands Ready # 4
  • Long Fist

Hand Strikes

  • Snake

Kicks

  • Snake

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Proficient in articulation, demonstration, and teaching of techniques

Comments

By now all material should have greater depth and understanding. You should be showing greater skills in spontaneous movements. Your forms look powerful yet flowing.

rank brown advanced

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • # 1
  • # 21
  • Chain punching tiger
  • Tiger circles pray
  • Not advanced dragon
  • Dragon circles pray
  • Dragon play
  • Snake snatches eggs
  • Dragon plays with boulder
  • Never ending leopard
  • Never ending crane

Forms

  • Monk Stands Ready # 5

Hand Strikes

  • Willow palm
  • Dragons tooth
  • Supported finger

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Proficient in articulation, demonstration, and teaching of techniques

Comments

You have a good understanding of all your colored rank material and are fine tuning areas you are weak in.

rank black

Combination’s & animal techniques (Minimum of 5)

  • Simple snow leopard
  • Def leopard
  • Monkey snaps twig
  • Never ending dragon (the name says it all)
  • Simple mantis
  • Lazy dragon
  • Eagle climbs the boulder
  • Black tiger spikes the boulder

Forms

  • Dragon’s Breathe Fire # 6
  • Circle of the Tiger

Ground Fighting (For Adult class ONLY)

  • Proficient in articulation, demonstration, and teaching of techniques

Comments

You have your colored rank material down well with good applications for all material. Your chi is noticeable, and you understand your strengths and weaknesses with the ability to maximize and minimize the same. It is now time to move on to the next level.

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