It is encouraged to demonstrate a different technique for each of the following breaks. This will give the student four different techniques to perform for their black belt test.

Failure to break any set of boards will result in probation. The tester will determine the next time the student may break boards to be eligible for promotion.

Brown Belt & One Black Stripe

Trials: 2

Up to 154 lbs
1 set of 2
1 direction
155 lbs and up
1 set of 3
1 direction


Two Black Stripe

Trials: 4

Up to 154 lbs
2 sets of 2
2 directions
155 - 174 lbs
1 set of 2 and
1 set of 3
2 directions
175 lbs and up
2 sets of 3
2 directions


Black Belt

Trials: 8

Up to 140 lbs
4 sets of 2
4 directions
141 - 154 lbs
3 sets of 2 and
1 set of 3
OR
4 directions
 
5 sets of 2
5 directions
155 - 174 lbs
2 sets of 2 and
2 sets of 3
4 directions
175 lbs and up
1 set of 2 and
3 sets of 3
4 directions

Shodan

Not required


Nidan and Up

Trials: Unlimited

Perform a board breaking demo with combinations of 1, 2, and 3 boards using different techniques. This will reflect on precision, timing and CREATIVITY more so than power.

If you weigh 145 lbs or less, you must break a total of 10 boards.
If you weigh 146 lbs or more, you must break a total of 12 boards

Substitution for medical reasons

The board breaking substitution must be the same level of difficulty of the test and must be pre-approved by a Cuong Nhu Master.

Age Exemption

14 and under
40 and above