Little Champions Belt Requirements

The Little Champions program introduced at Sunshine Coast Karate in January 2009.  This unique program was designed from the ground up especially to introduce young children (4-7 years of age) the benefits of Chito-Ryu Karate-Do. The program incorporates the basics of karate, self defense, coordination, flexibility, exercises in mental focus, respect. It has been developed collaboratively by professional child educators, professional martial artists and parents to give children a fun, interesting and rewarding introduction into martial arts.

Little Champions

One of the major differences with this program is that there are no formal grading tests.  Students are constantly being assessed by instructors on their ability to proficiently perform various developmental skills.  In total there are 7 belt colours and at each belt level, students earn 4 tips on their belts in the following key areas:

  • Body awareness
  • Mind awareness
  • Karate basics
  • Karate key basics

After successfully earning each of the 4 tips (in any order), instructors will assess other key areas such as attitude, manners & effort before earning the next belt.

After successfully earning each of the 4 tips (in any order), instructors will assess other key areas, tips are not awarded for these key areas, but students must also be able to demonstrate a good understanding of these key areas before progressing to the next belt colour.

  • Learner/Leader Attitude Emotional Awareness
  • Japanese Language & Etiquette

All new Little Champions start as a white belt, then progress through the following levels.

Once students turn 8 years old and graduate to the next program they are given the opportunity to sit a formal grading test and join the regular karate program at their appropriate level.

Download the Little Champions Curriculum (PDF).


Yellow Stripe Belt Requirements

Master MonkeyCongratulations on getting started with your karate training as a Little Champion. Now that you're a white belt, it's time to get started. Working through each of the key areas listed below. As you show that you can do all of these things you will earn tips and move towards your yellow striped belt.Your current level
White Belt

Your next step
Yellow Stripe Belt
Learner/Leader Attitude
Emotional Awareness

Exposing students to proven qualities/skills to help them reach their fullest potential in the dojo and in life. Including emotional awareness.
Things To Master
Respect: self / others
Ladder of Success
3 Levels of Focus (Listening)
Sensei Snapper
Sensei Snapper
Body Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus body, balance, core strength, strength & conditioning, flexibility, fitness, co-ordination, right/left side
Things To Master
- Hold plank front/back
- Balance on one leg with knee up for a period of time
- 5 push ups/sit ups/squ kicks
- front splits & side splits
- Right & left side kamae
Muscle Mouse
Muscle Mouse
Mind Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus mind, concentration, listening, following instructions, memory, creating, problem solving
Things To Master
- Focus on a spot and stand still for a period of time
- Focus themselves and not be distracted by others
Magic Marley
Magic Marley
Karate Basics (Belt Tip)
Building the technical foundations of Chito-Ryu Karate. (punch, block, kick, stances, rolling, kata, application)
Things To Master
- Chudan tsuki – body punch
- Mae geri – front kick
- Gizami zuki
- Gyaku zuki
- Stances (Musubi – shiko dachi sequence)
Master Leo
Master Leo
Karate Key Basics (Belt Tip)
Elements that will enhance the basic karate techniques making them more practical and effective.
Things To Master
- Correct fist
- Start / End positions
- Path of techniques
- Correct foot positions and knees bent for stances
Elegant Ellie
Elegant Ellie
Japanese Language
& Etiquette

As we are a traditional Karate school, students will enjoy learning basic Japanese and be taught by Japanese guest instructors annually
Things To Master
- 'Kiotsuke' Focus & Attention
- 'Rei' Bow (Respect)
- 'Kamae' Guard (Committed & Ready to give 100%)
- Ritsurei: Standing bow
- Count 1-10 in Japanese

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Orange Stripe Belt Requirements

Master MonkeyCongratulations now that you're a Little Champion yellow stripe belt, it's time to start moving towards your next belt. Working through each of the key areas listed below. As you show that you can do all of these things you will earn tips and move towards your orange striped belt.Your current level
Yellow Stripe Belt

Your next step
Orange Stripe Belt
Learner/Leader Attitude
Emotional Awareness

Exposing students to proven qualities/skills to help them reach their fullest potential in the dojo and in life. Including emotional awareness.
Things To Master
Perseverance
Never Give Up
Ask for Help
Consistent Hard Work
Sensei Snapper
Sensei Snapper
Body Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus body, balance, core strength, strength & conditioning, flexibility, fitness, co-ordination, right/left side
Things To Master
- Hold plank side/side
- Superman/skydive
- Balance on one leg + kick
- 7 push ups/sit ups/squ kicks
- Upper body stretches + hold
- 50 punches/kicks non-stop
Muscle Mouse
Muscle Mouse
Mind Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus mind, concentration, listening, following instructions, memory, creating, problem solving
Things To Master
- Ability to follow instructions successfully
- Ability to focus on a set exercise from start to finish and give 100% effort
Magic Marley
Magic Marley
Karate Basics (Belt Tip)
Building the technical foundations of Chito-Ryu Karate. (punch, block, kick, stances, rolling, kata, application)
Things To Master
- Jodan tsuki – head punch
- Gedan tsuki – groin punch
- Yoko geri – side kick
- Jodan Uke – upper block
- Soto Uke – outside block
- Gizami/Gyaku combo
Master Leo
Master Leo
Karate Key Basics (Belt Tip)
Elements that will enhance the basic karate techniques making them more practical and effective.
Things To Master
- Correct targets
- Punch: arms work together
- Kicks: Correct foot position
- Block: Correct wrists
- Start / End positions
- Path of techniques
Elegant Ellie
Elegant Ellie
Japanese Language
& Etiquette

As we are a traditional Karate school, students will enjoy learning basic Japanese and be taught by Japanese guest instructors annually
Things To Master
- Shihan / Sensei / Senpai
- Za rei (correct seated bow)
- Seiza (correct sit and stand)
- Hajime / Yame
- Technique Vocab

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Green Stripe Belt Requirements

Master MonkeyCongratulations now that you're a Little Champion orange stripe belt, it's time to start moving towards your next belt. Working through each of the key areas listed below. As you show that you can do all of these things you will earn tips and move towards your green striped belt.Your current level
Orange Stripe Belt

Your next step
Green Stripe Belt
Learner/Leader Attitude
Emotional Awareness

Exposing students to proven qualities/skills to help them reach their fullest potential in the dojo and in life. Including emotional awareness.
Things To Master
Challenge Yourself
Balance: Fun -Focus = Results
No Excuses – Just Do it
Perspective (2 Sided Coin)
Sensei Snapper
Sensei Snapper
Body Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus body, balance, core strength, strength & conditioning, flexibility, fitness, co-ordination, right/left side
Things To Master
- Hold Shiko dachi
- Balance on hands
- Plank front/back/sides + hold
- 10 push ups/sit ups/sq kicks
- Lower Body stretches + hold
- 80 punches/kicks non-stop
Muscle Mouse
Muscle Mouse
Mind Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus mind, concentration, listening, following instructions, memory, creating, problem solving
Things To Master
- Ability to remember a series of techniques and do with a count and on their own
Magic Marley
Magic Marley
Karate Basics (Belt Tip)
Building the technical foundations of Chito-Ryu Karate. (punch, block, kick, stances, rolling, kata, application)
Things To Master
- Mawashi geri – roundhouse
- Uchi Uke – Inside block
- Gedan Barai – lower block
- Okuriashi fwd/bwd
- seisan dachi step (no arms)
- shiko dachi step (no arms)
Master Leo
Master Leo
Karate Key Basics (Belt Tip)
Elements that will enhance the basic karate techniques making them more practical and effective.
Things To Master
- Kicks: vary heights
Okuriashi: guard, posture
- Stepping – correct stances
width, length, knees bent
- Start / End positions
- Path of techniques
Elegant Ellie
Elegant Ellie
Japanese Language
& Etiquette

As we are a traditional Karate school, students will enjoy learning basic Japanese and be taught by Japanese guest instructors annually
Things To Master
- 'Shugo' Assemble (Line up)
- 'Kiritsu' Stand up
- 'Onegai shimasu' Please
- 'Arigatou gozaimashita'
Thank you
- Technique Vocab

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Blue Stripe Belt Requirements

Master MonkeyCongratulations now that you're a Little Champion green stripe belt, it's time to start moving towards your next belt. Working through each of the key areas listed below. As you show that you can do all of these things you will earn tips and move towards your blue striped belt.Your current level
Green Stripe Belt

Your next step
Blue Stripe Belt
Learner/Leader Attitude
Emotional Awareness

Exposing students to proven qualities/skills to help them reach their fullest potential in the dojo and in life. Including emotional awareness.
Things To Master
Success Habits
Posture / Self Belief
Always a student
Self Active Learner
Sensei Snapper
Sensei Snapper
Body Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus body, balance, core strength, strength & conditioning, flexibility, fitness, co-ordination, right/left side
Things To Master
- Plank – one arm, one leg
- On one leg + 3 kick combo
(mae, yoko, mawashi)
- 15 push ups/sit ups/sq kicks
- Kick + hold (stretch jodan)
- 100 punches/kicks non-stop
Muscle Mouse
Muscle Mouse
Mind Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus mind, concentration, listening, following instructions, memory, creating, problem solving
Things To Master
- Ability to remember a kata sequence and do with a count and on their own
Magic Marley
Magic Marley
Karate Basics (Belt Tip)
Building the technical foundations of Chito-Ryu Karate. (punch, block, kick, stances, rolling, kata, application)
Things To Master
- Oi zuki (step & punch)
- Shiko zuki (step & punch)
- Kata: Kihon Dosa Ichi
- Partner block/punch
- Mae geri + step
- Kumite: Hand/Leg combos
Master Leo
Master Leo
Karate Key Basics (Belt Tip)
Elements that will enhance the basic karate techniques making them more practical and effective.
Things To Master
- Maintain techniques on centre whilst stepping
- Correct distance – partner block / punch
- Maintain strong stance before / during / after kick
Elegant Ellie
Elegant Ellie
Japanese Language
& Etiquette

As we are a traditional Karate school, students will enjoy learning basic Japanese and be taught by Japanese guest instructors annually
Things To Master
- Gi
- Dojo
- Chito-Ryu Karate-do
- Hidari / Migi
- Mae / Ushiro
- Technique Vocab

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Purple Stripe Belt Requirements

Master MonkeyCongratulations now that you're a Little Champion blue stripe belt, it's time to start moving towards your next belt. Working through each of the key areas listed below. As you show that you can do all of these things you will earn tips and move towards your purple striped belt.Your current level
Blue Stripe Belt

Your next step
Purple Stripe Belt
Learner/Leader Attitude
Emotional Awareness

Exposing students to proven qualities/skills to help them reach their fullest potential in the dojo and in life. Including emotional awareness.
Things To Master
Success Team
Gratitude
Inspire Others
Random Acts of Kindness
Sensei Snapper
Sensei Snapper
Body Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus body, balance, core strength, strength & conditioning, flexibility, fitness, co-ordination, right/left side
Things To Master
- Moving plank fwd/bwd/R/L
- On one leg + punch/block
- 20 push ups /sit ups/sq kicks
- Kick + hold (stretch jodan)
- 150 punches/kicks non-stop
Muscle Mouse
Muscle Mouse
Mind Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus mind, concentration, listening, following instructions, memory, creating, problem solving
Things To Master
- Ability to observe others with complete focus and provide technical feedback to help students develop their technique
Magic Marley
Magic Marley
Karate Basics (Belt Tip)
Building the technical foundations of Chito-Ryu Karate. (punch, block, kick, stances, rolling, kata, application)
Things To Master
- Kata: Kihon Dosa Ni
- Yoko geri + step
kosa dachi and seisan dachi
- Partner block and counter
- Kumite: Footwork + combo
- Mae Ukemi
Master Leo
Master Leo
Karate Key Basics (Belt Tip)
Elements that will enhance the basic karate techniques making them more practical and effective.
Things To Master
- Grounding / Balance
- Breathing
- Developing power / speed
- Hiki te, hiki ashi
Elegant Ellie
Elegant Ellie
Japanese Language
& Etiquette

As we are a traditional Karate school, students will enjoy learning basic Japanese and be taught by Japanese guest instructors annually
Things To Master
- 'Mawatte' Turn around
- 'Mou ichi do' One more time
- Jodan / Chudan / Gedan
- Technique Vocab

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Brown Stripe Belt Requirements

Master MonkeyCongratulations now that you're a Little Champion purple stripe belt, it's time to start moving towards your next belt. Working through each of the key areas listed below. As you show that you can do all of these things you will earn tips and move towards your brown striped belt.Your current level
Purple Stripe Belt

Your next step
Brown Stripe Belt
Learner/Leader Attitude
Emotional Awareness

Exposing students to proven qualities/skills to help them reach their fullest potential in the dojo and in life. Including emotional awareness.
Things To Master
100% Responsibility for 'You'
Dream/Action/Achieve
Fuel Yourself Well
Truth is in Your Results
Sensei Snapper
Sensei Snapper
Body Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus body, balance, core strength, strength & conditioning, flexibility, fitness, co-ordination, right/left side
Things To Master
- Plank: elbows back to hands
- On one leg + 4 kick combo
(mae, yoko, mawashi, ushiro)
- 25 push ups/sit ups/sq kicks
- Kick + hold (stretch jodan)
- 200 punches/kicks non-stop
Muscle Mouse
Muscle Mouse
Mind Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus mind, concentration, listening, following instructions, memory, creating, problem solving
Things To Master
- Ability to create a kata, application etc and demonstrate to others
Magic Marley
Magic Marley
Karate Basics (Belt Tip)
Building the technical foundations of Chito-Ryu Karate. (punch, block, kick, stances, rolling, kata, application)
Things To Master
- Ushiro geri
- Ren zuki
- Kata: Seiken no migi hidari
- Kumite combos + defence
- Kosa dachi
- Ushiro Ukemi / Yoko Ukemi
Master Leo
Master Leo
Karate Key Basics (Belt Tip)
Elements that will enhance the basic karate techniques making them more practical and effective.
Things To Master
- Grounding / Balance
- Power / Speed / Timing
- Kiai
- Metsuke
Elegant Ellie
Elegant Ellie
Japanese Language
& Etiquette

As we are a traditional Karate school, students will enjoy learning basic Japanese and be taught by Japanese guest instructors annually
Things To Master
- Obi Belt (correctly tie belt)
- Learning Showa
- Technique Vocab

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Black Stripe Belt Requirements

Master MonkeyCongratulations now that you're a Little Champion brown stripe belt, it's time to start moving towards your next belt. Working through each of the key areas listed below. As you show that you can do all of these things you will earn tips and move towards your black striped belt. This is the highest rank you can get as a Little Champion, but don't worry, there's still lots more to learn.Your current level
Brown Stripe Belt

Your next step
Black Stripe Belt
Learner/Leader Attitude
Emotional Awareness

Exposing students to proven qualities/skills to help them reach their fullest potential in the dojo and in life. Including emotional awareness.
Things To Master
Team Work / Leadership
Friendship / Add Value To Others
Serve Self First
Live Your Life, Guide Others
Sensei Snapper
Sensei Snapper
Body Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus body, balance, core strength, strength & conditioning, flexibility, fitness, co-ordination, right/left side
Things To Master
- Plank clock circle L & R
- One leg / hop + technique
- 30 push ups/sit ups/sq kicks
- Kick + hold (stretch jodan)
- 250 punches/kicks non-stop
Muscle Mouse
Muscle Mouse
Mind Awareness (Belt Tip)
Focus mind, concentration, listening, following instructions, memory, creating, problem solving
Things To Master
- Ability to work with others in a partner context with great respect and focus.
Magic Marley
Magic Marley
Karate Basics (Belt Tip)
Building the technical foundations of Chito-Ryu Karate. (punch, block, kick, stances, rolling, kata, application)
Things To Master
- Kick Combination:
Mae, Yoko, Mawashi, ushiro
- Jumping Kicks
Mae, Yoko, Mawashi. ushiro
- Kata: Zen shin kotai
- Kumite Combos + defence + counter (+ footwork)
Master Leo
Master Leo
Karate Key Basics (Belt Tip)
Elements that will enhance the basic karate techniques making them more practical and effective.
Things To Master
- Grounding / Balance
- Power / Speed
- Start / End positions
- Path of techniques
- Accuracy
Elegant Ellie
Elegant Ellie
Japanese Language
& Etiquette

As we are a traditional Karate school, students will enjoy learning basic Japanese and be taught by Japanese guest instructors annually
Things To Master
- Can lead Showa
- Technique Vocab

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