As students present the exam, the Testing Panel is asked to nominate candidates for Excellence Awards. These awards are presented to students who show exemplary skill in Katas, Kicking, Self-Defense, Board Breaking, and Sparring. Students nominated for Excellence Awards may be called back to present additional techniques before the panel. The student with the most votes for a specific category wins that award.
MOST IMPROVED STUDENT AND BEST OF THE TEST
Also considered Excellence Awards, these awards are not based on nominations from the Testing Panel. The Most Improved Student is selected by Black Belt Instructors before the day of the test, and honors an individual who has made serious personal strides in the martial arts. The Best of the Test award rightfully goes to the student who takes the majority of the Excellence Awards on exam day. Ties for Best of the Test will be broken by a final vote from the Testing Panel.
Belt Tests are free to attend and open to all, but only students pre-selected by the Black Belt Instructors may present a rank examination. Visiting schools are also welcome to attend — Black Belts may serve on the Testing Panel, and visiting students are invited to test their sparring skills against our students.