belt level in the IKCA Chinese Kenpo Curriculum has a distinct theme
reflecting what is introduced at that particular level. Though not a
formal part of the curriculum, these themes can be used to help develop
a student's understanding of what they are learning. The IKCA Belt Level
Themes were developed by Brenda King, 4th Dan and Bill Parsons, 2nd Dan.
The themes have been approved by SGM Chuck Sullivan for use as a
ORANGE - Moving away from attacks
Stepping away from danger and out of holds.
PURPLE - Moving into
attacks using traps, grabs & throws.
Stepping towards danger or at least side stepping and evading. Stepping
into holds, then into take downs maintaining control of the attacker.
Introduces trapping, grabbing & throws. (5 out of 7 techniques either
trap or grab and one more throws)
BLUE - Becoming a multi-tasker using arms
and legs simultaneously.
Fighting, blending & borrowing. The seeds of the "Theory of 55" are
beginning to flower. Introduces simultaneous target attacks, combination
kicks, sweeps and sparring techniques.
GREEN - Employing the circles; going
with the flow.
Kenpo as a Chinese Art; it’s Kung Fu. Circular, flow, chi. Hand speed is
critical here. Theory of 55 is expanding geometrically.
BROWN - Harnessing the
power; developing the blitz.
Fast, furious and powerful. Learning to "PUT THEM DOWN NOW!". Students
begin to move like a tornado over Kansas. Introduces multiple attackers.
BLACK – Seeing the bigger picture;
putting it all together.
The understanding of the Theory of 55 is nearly complete. Although it
takes a life time to get it nearly perfect. 55 techniques breed into 555
techniques. Kenpo does not exist in a vacuum. Nearly half of the Black
Belt techniques introduce elements from other arts.