Requirements: Adults
Requirements: Kids
Requirements: Little Sparks


"Our 12-year-old son, Mack, attends Phoenix Academy. What an amazing place. The instructors care about the karate progress that students achieve, and also care about them as individuals. They not only teach karate moves but stress respect, integrity, and self-control. It's an extremely nurturing environment where teamwork and mutual encouragement abounds. As parents, we enjoy going to the dojo to witness such a well-run academy; it actually makes us feel good to be there. Our son loves the academy as well, and what he's learning is contributing much to his personal growth and development. We can't imagine sending Mack anywhere else for karate. PKA is truly top notch."

—Ray & Dottie, Lewiston, ME

Belts: Requirements for Little Sparks (toddlers)

Gold Focus Position Number 1; Upper Block Right Hand; 10 Toe Touches;
Demonstrate Proper Bow
Yellow Focus Position Number 2; Palm Heel Block Left Hand; Kangaroo Hop;
Right Foot Stomp
Orange Focus Position Number 3; Left Leg Foot Stomp; Upper Block Left Hand;
Balance on one foot 10 Seconds; Know first and last name
Dojo Precept #: HUMILITY
Purple Focus Position Number 4; Kangaroo Bop (Straight Punch) Right Hand;
Upper Block (Alternate both hands 5 blocks each); Ball Catch;
Self Defense: Who is a Stranger
Dojo Precept #2: SELF CONTROL
Blue Focus Position Number 5; Palm Heel Block (Right Hand); 5 Sit-ups;
Forward Roll;
Self Defense: Safety Words
Dojo Precept #3: INTEGRITY
Green Focus Position Number 6; Palm Heel Block (Alternate Both Hands 5 Blocks Each);
Horse Stance; Front Stance;
Self Defense: Using 911
Dojo Precept #4: COURTESY
Brown Focus Position Number 7; 3 Push-Ups; Back Fist Strike
Kangaroo Kick (Front Kick) Both Legs;
Self Defense: Avoiding Child Lures
Dojo Precept #5: DISCIPLINE
Red Focus Position Number 8; Karate Chop; 5 Jumping Jacks
Self Defense: Wrist Release;
Eagle Fall; Front Fall
Dojo Precept #6: PERSEVERANCE
Demonstrates all 8 Focus positions; Able to recite all 6 Dojo Precepts;
Side Fall; Basic Leg Sweep Take Down;
Self Defense: Front Bear Hug over the arms
5 Push Ups; 10 Sit-ups
Cobra Strikes Kata; Jump Rope 3 Times; 10 Jumping Jacks;
N.V.P. (Non-Violent Posture); Balance on 1 Leg 20 Seconds
Self Defense: Over Hand Right
  After Little Sparks graduate to earn their Gold/Black belt, they transfer up to
the Children's Curriculum as a Gold Belt.
  WAITING PERIOD BETWEEN BELTS: The waiting period was established to ensure that the student has the knowledge necessary to test to the next rank. It is not a time requirement, but a minimum class requirement based on an average of two classes per week. This means that during a two month period between beginner rank belts, it is to be understood that the student will attend at least 16 regular classes to prepare for the next rank, and during the three month period between advanced rank, he/she must attend at least 24 regular classes. Therefore, if a student comes to class sporadically, it is likely that he/she will not test after the 2-3 month waiting period, but at a later date when they have attended the required number of classes and demonstrated that the knowledge to represent the desired rank has been achieved. As the student progresses to advanced rank, this will be more strictly enforced at the discretion of the Sosais.