Harris International Online Blue Belt Examination

Below is an overview of the Harris International Online Blue Belt Examination.

 

NOTE: This examination is different from the in-person blue belt, the in-person blue shirt, and the online blue shirt versions.

 

I encourage you to take either a single 30-minute lesson to review these techniques if you are unsure, or a series of lessons to go over much of the curriculum if you need to do so:

 

FRONT MOUNT ESCAPES

You must begin each escape with the proper positioning.

 

– Bridge & roll #1

– Bridge & roll #2

– Bridge & roll #5

– Elbow/knee #1

– Elbow/knee #2

– Two of your own escapes

 

BACK MOUNT ESCAPES

You must begin each escape with the proper positioning.

 

– Turn onto your side #1

– Turn onto your side #2

– Grab their feet #1

– Grab their feet #2

– Two of your own escapes

 

SIDE MOUNT ESCAPES

You must begin each escape with the proper positioning.

 

– Replace the guard #1

– Go to your knees #2

– Go to your knees #2 & replace guard #2

– Spin underneath

– Two of your own escapes

 

GUARD PASSING

You must begin each escape with the proper positioning.

 

– Basic under the leg #1

– Basic under the leg #2

– Basic over the leg #1

– Basic over the leg #2

– Two of your own passes

 

TURTLE ESCAPES

You must begin each escape with the proper positioning.

 

– Duck under #1

– Duck under #2

– Roll over shoulder #1

– Hug and roll

– Two of your own escapes

 

FRONT MOUNT CONTROLS

 

– Front mount control #1

– Front mount control #2

– Front mount control #3

– Front mount control #4

 

BACK MOUNT CONTROLS

 

– Back mount control #1

– Back mount control #2

– Back mount control #3

– Back mount control #4

 

SIDE MOUNT CONTROLS

 

– Side mount control #1

– Side mount control #2

– Side mount control #3

– Side mount control #4

 

GUARD CONTROLS

 

– Closed guard controls #1 & 2

– Open guard controls #1 & 2

 

TURTLE CONTROLS

 

– Turtle control #1

– Turtle control #2

– Turtle control #3

– Turtle control #4

 

FRONT MOUNT SUBMISSIONS

 

– Americana

– Bent wrist lock

– Palm up, palm up collar choke

– Palm up, palm down collar choke

– Two of your own submissions

 

BACK MOUNT SUBMISSIONS

 

– Rear choke

– X choke

– Spinning arm lock

– Triangle choke

– Two of your own submissions

 

SIDE MOUNT SUBMISSIONS

 

– Americana

– Kimura

– Bent wrist lock

– Paper cutter choke

– Two of your own submissions

 

GUARD SUBMISSIONS

 

– Kimura

– Bent wrist lock

– Guillotine choke 1

– Guillotine choke 2

– Two of your own submissions

 

TURTLE SUBMISSIONS

 

– Rear choke

– Clock choke

– Spinning arm lock

– Entanglement arm lock

– Two of your own submissions

 

GUARD SWEEPS

 

– Scissors sweep

– Knee push sweep

– Elevator sweep

– Reverse elevator sweep

– Two of your own sweeps

 

THROWS & TAKEDOWNS

 

– Uchi mata

– O uchi gari

– Osoto gari

– Double leg straight

– Double leg turn left

– Double leg turn right

– Two of your own throws

 

SELF-DEFENSE

 

– Against straight punches (e.g. jab, cross, rear hand straight)

– Against circular punches (e.g. hooks, uppercuts)

– Against straight kicks (e.g. side kick, front kick, oblique kick)

– Against circular kicks (e.g. lead/rear round kicks)

– Against straight knife attacks (e.g. forward/reverse thrusts)

– Against circular knife (e.g. forward/reverse slashes)

– Against a neck grab

– Against an arm grab

– Against a frontal bear hug

– Against a rear bear hug

FAQ

 

What things are emphasized with this belt?

 

Here’s an overview:

 

1. Great attitude.

2. Attention to detail.

3. Precise positioning.

4. Precise movements.

5. A medium-level of skill in each of the above-mentioned areas (i.e. the knowledge of and a rudimentary ability to perform the techniques ARE NOT enough to pass this examination).

 

How will the student know he or she is ready to test?

 

Students should contact me to set up a short, 15 minute mock examination. We will talk in greater detail about this exam in our emails.

 

Also, students don’t determine when they’re ready (i.e. just because they been training 2-3 years doesn’t mean they’re ready). As their instructor, I will help them see and acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses, as well as let them know when I see they have the skills necessary to pass the exam with high marks!

 

Because the students pay beforehand, do they automatically pass the exam?

 

No. Students pass the exam after demonstrating the required skill sets. This is why it’s important to know what’s on the test and to prepare for it.

 

If a student has questions about the specifics of what’s on the exam, where can they find out the info?

 

Students are always welcome to contact me at roy@royharris.com about the specifics of the examination. NOTE: For those who are serious about taking the exam – and demonstrate it – I will share all the info that’s needed.

 

Is the examination available only “in-person”?

 

This examination is available in-person as well as online. Please see the article of the Harris International Blue Belt Online Examination.

 

What are the costs associated with this exam?

 

The fees are as follows:

 

$100 for Harris International students/affiliates.

$200 for non-affiliates.

Embarking on this examination is more than earning a belt; it’s about forging a lasting instructor/student relationship as well as progressing toward the prestigious Black and Coral Belts. Being one of three Americans to go from white to coral belt, I can definitely help you with this process!

 

If interested in taking the exam, and preparing for it by learning more, then email me at roy@royharris.com and let’s talk.

 

Thank you for your time,

 

Roy Harris

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