Excellent karate instruction. My kids are learning a ton and consistently winning awards at regional competitions. Top-notch teaching, respect, and good sportsmanship

Trish H.

My two children and I take classes through Mortenen & McKellar. My 6 year old daughter loves her karate class and my 12 year old son and I love our kickboxing class. All the classes are fun and paced to individual abilities. Larry,
Joe, and Theresa are great teachers with a broad depth of knowledge. Such a great addition to the offerings at the TTCC!

L Worthen

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Requirements for rank (Junior)

White belt (yellow stripes earned on the way):

  • Uniform tying

  • 8 Basic stances

  • Punches

  • Blocks

  • Front and back kicks

  • Falls and rolls (beginning)

  • Counting in Japanese

  • Taikyoko 1

  • Taikyoko 2

  • Dojo courtesy, effort, and focus

Yellow belt (blue stripes earned on the way):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Sanchin and Seisan stances

  • Roundhouse and side kicks

  • Proficient falls and rolls

  • One-Steps 1-3 (both sides)

  • Taikyoko 3

  • Taikyoko 4

  • Taikyoko 5

Blue belt (green stripes earned on the way):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Hook and spinning kicks

  • One-Stepts 4-6 (both sides)

  • Shinmei cane

  • Chudan 2

  • Kake Uke

  • Beginning sparring

Green belt (purple stripes earned on the way):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Jumping, double, and combination kicks

  • One steps 7-9 (both sides)

  • Sakugawa no kun

  • Mawashi Uke

  • Nahainchi 

  • Yantsu

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Leadership skills

Purple belt (brown stripes earned on the way): 

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • One steps 10-12 (both sides

  • Shinmei cane 2

  • Hakkaku

  • Seisan

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Improved leadership skills

Brown belt (white stripe):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Beginning self-defense skills

  • Tsukanaka Cho no kun

  • Pai Lum

  • Appropriate sparring

  • One-on-one teaching skills

Brown belt (yellow stripe):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Intermediate self-defense skills

  • Shinmei cane 3

  • Seiunchin

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Improved teaching skills

Brown belt (blue stripe):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Advanced self-defense skills

  • Chattenyara no kun

  • Wansu

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Class instruction skills

Brown belt (green stripe):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Shurei nunchaku

  • Niseishi

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Improved class instruction skills

Brown belt (purple stripe):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Odo no sai iichi

  • Tensho

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Run class with help

Brown belt (black stripe):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Soken Nu

  • Kusanku

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Run full class

Requirements for rank 

White belt (yellow stripes earned on the way):

  • Uniform and belt tying

  • 8 Basic stances

  • Punches

  • Blocks

  • Basic kicks

  • Falls and rolls (beginning)

  • Counting in Japanese

  • Taikyoko 1

  • Taikyoko 2

  • Taikyoko 3

  • Dojo courtesy, effort, and focus

Yellow belt (blue stripes earned on the way):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Sanchin and Seisan stances

  • Advanced kicks

  • Proficient falls and rolls

  • One-Steps 1-3 (both sides)

  • Taikyoko 4

  • Taikyoko 5

  • Chudan 2

Blue belt (green stripes earned on the way):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Hook and spinning kicks

  • One-Stepts 4-6 (both sides)

  • Shinmei cane

  • Kake Uke

  • Mawashi Uke

  • Nahainchi

  • Beginning sparring

Green belt (purple stripes earned on the way):

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Jumping, double, and combination kicks

  • One steps 7-9 (both sides)

  • Sakugawa no kun

  • Yantsu

  • Hakkaku

  • Seisan

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Leadership skills

Purple belt (brown stripes earned on the way): 

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • One steps 10-12 (both sides

  • Shinmei cane 2

  • Tsukanaka Cho no kun

  • Pai Lum

  • Wansu

  • Appropriate sparring

  • One-on-one teaching skills

3rd degree brown belt:

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Beginning self-defense skills

  • Shinmei cane 3

  • Shurei nunchaku

  • Seiunchin

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Run class with help

2nd degree brown belt:

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Intermediate self-defense skills

  • Odo no sai iichi

  • Wansu

  • Niseishi

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Improved teaching skills

1st degree brown belt:

  • Continued proficiency in all the above

  • Advanced self-defense skills

  • Soken Nu

  • Tensho

  • Kusanku

  • Appropriate sparring

  • Run full class