DATE: Wednesday, February 20
DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30pm
The completed Exam Application form (suggested donation: $25) must be turned in by Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm.
Download the Fall Yongmudo Promotion Examination Application (PDF; 2.4MB):
The Yongmudo Promotion Examination will be held on Wednesday, February 20. The schedule will be determined soon. Dr.'s Norman and Susan Link will also provide preparation for UC Yongmudo Championships on April 30. All MSMAP members and their families and friends are welcome and encouraged to watch this important and exciting event. Bring your cameras!
See below for the eligibility requirements to participate in the exam.
The martial arts promotion exam is the standard method to advance participants through the rank levels towards black belt. Basically, participants are required to demonstrate the required techniques for each rank. Other considerations include quality and time of training for the preceding three months, participation in demonstrations, and taking a few tip tests.
A typical Yongmudo Promotion Exam includes the following components:
Rolls & Falls. Ability to get across the floor without problems.
Kicks & Strikes. Perform a variety of kicks and strikes with different striking surfaces.
Throws. Demonstrate ability to get across the floor without problems.
Groundwork. Show ability to manage various positions.
Joint-Locks. Show variety of locking techniques on different joints with control.
The promotion exam is a tool to assist participants in their progress as martial artists. It is not a competition with other people; it is a learning opportunity in which each individual displays their skills and receives feedback towards ongoing improvement. Sometimes the biggest challenge is just showing up.
Lower rank exams emphasize precision of movement and balance; higher rank exams require participants to include the demonstration of adaptability, creativity, and effectiveness.
Our program emphasizes developing and applying confidence and intelligence in the decision-making process. This becomes more challenging under stress. Part of the promotion exam is to deal with confusion. The individual must filter out the clutter and arrive at a good decision.
Flexibility of Response. The primary principle of yongmudo is “flexibility of response.” The array of techniques in yongmudo allows participants to effectively manage attacks with a choice of multiple responses.
MSMAP participants that meet the requirements listed below including training consistently for a minimum of 2.5 months and have the approval of the instructional staff are eligible to apply to take the promotion examination.
Note: Final approval to take the examination remains the discretion of the instructional staff.
Please note these primary requirements to participate in the yongmudo exam.
Beginners. (White & Yellow Belts) Assessment of fundamental skills & technical progress: balance; coordination; show some power and accuracy in kicks and blocks.
Intermediate. (Green & Blue Belts) In addition to Technical progress above, candidates need to show: speed & power; knowledge and application of combinations & footwork in both sparring and basic self-defense.
Advanced. (Red Belts) Must show a variety of skills, combinations, and appropriate application of techniques. There should be a freedom & ease of movement for both offense & defense.
Please contact us via phone, email, or in person with any questions that you may have.