2. All promotions will be made upon
successfully passing the test prescribed and
demonstrated on each video for each belt level,
A. Sending the test on video to I.K.C.A.
B. Testing in person before a "Certified" or
"Qualifying" I.K.C.A. Instructor.
(see Instructor Qualifications)
3. No belt levels
4. No more than one test may be taken
on the same date by any individual.
5. The minimum length of time between
tests is 30 days.
6. Certified Instructors (see
Instructor Qualifications) may promote up to and
including Brown Belt without Board approval.
7. The rank of Black Belt (1st Dan)
must be sanctioned by the I.K.C.A. Board of Black Belts,
A. Passing the test on video.
B. Passing the test in person, before a quorum of the
Board of Black Belts.
8. Promotions within
Black Belt (2nd DAN
to 10th DAN) are made as follows:
A. Three years from the date of his or here last
promotion a member in good standing of the I.K.C.A. may
test for the next level of Black Belt.
B. The test is the same for all levels. It consists of
the Master Form performed with no more than two errors
per belt level within the form. (Two within Orange Belt,
two within Purple Belt, two within Blue Belt, two within
Green Belt, two within Brown Belt and two within Black
C. An error not made in one section of the form may
not be carried over to another section as a
credit. There can be no more than two errors per belt
D. Errors are as follows:
1a. An omitted movement such as a block, strike,
maneuver, stance change, leg or hand check.
2a. A strike or kick that obviously misses the target,
such as a ball kick to the groin that doesn't rise above
3a. Over-extended movements that take themselves too far
beyond the circle of protection.
4a. An incorrect angle of direction for an entire
technique of any portion of a technique.
5a. A general lack of snap or power.
9. The entire Master Form must be
completed with three minutes.
A. If the test is being taken by video there may not be
any stop and resume points on the tape. It
must be done continuously.
10. No individual is exempt from the
rules of promotion, including the Founders and
Board of Black Belt members of the
11. All rank awarded by ED PARKER'S
INTERNATIONAL KENPO KARATE ASSOCIATION (I.K.K.A.) prior
to Mr. Parker's passing will be recognized by the
INTERNATIONAL KARATE CONNECTION ASSOCIATION (I.K.C.A.)
and the elapsed time between their last promotion by the
I.K.K.A. will be credited toward I.K.C.A. rank, when the
I.K.C.A. Master Form is performed for a quorum of the
Board of Black Belts and judged a passing performance,
either on video as prescribed herein or in person. There
will be a limit of three degrees for such
12. Children's rank is governed as
A. The Yellow belt is optional. It is recommended that
children under the age of twelve begin with the Yellow
belt because the requirements are less stringent than
those for Orange belt, however if a child shows
exceptional ability he or she may begin with the Orange
Belt material at the discretion of their Instructor.
B. Any rank up to and including Black Belt may be
attained by a person under sixteen years of age,
however, all belt levels held by those persons shall be
considered JUNIOR BELT RANK.
C. At sixteen years of age the rank held by such persons
will automatically be considered his or her adult
D. When a person under the age of sixteen receives his
or her Black Belt they may not begin the three year
promotion schedule to elevate their Black Belt ranking
until it becomes their adult rank on their sixteenth
birthday, regardless of how long they have held their
Junior Black Belt.
1. There are two levels of
International Karate Connection Association
2. To become a "Qualifying Instructor"
you must have successfully completed the entire program
personally (Orange Belt through Black Belt). [Yellow
Belt optional]. As a "Qualifying Instructor" you
A. Teach the program as shown on the
B. Begin the "Student Testing
3. To become a "Certified Instructor"
you must have successfully completed the "Student
Testing Program" as follows:
A. You must submit a test tape of a
student of yours to the I.K.C.A. or recommend such
student to be tested before the Board of Black Belts
for promotion to Orange Belt.
B. When your student successfully passes
his or her test for Orange Belt it automatically
qualifies you to promote to the Yellow and Orange Belt
level (without further approval from the I.K.C.A.),
issuing official I.K.C.A. promotion certificates
(obtainable only through the I.K.C.A. Headquarters).
C. Each successive promotion up the
colored belt scale is treated the same. Thus, when
each belt level is attained by a student of yours and
sanctioned by the board, you are then qualified to
promote to that level without further approval from
D. It is not required that it be the
same student ascending the scale. You may have a
different student test for each or any belt level.
E. If it is the same student testing,
there is a thirty day waiting period between tests. If
it is a different student testing, the thirty day
waiting period does not apply.
F. The Board of Black
Belts may ask to
see further tests for the same belt level, taken by
another of your students, even if the first student
passed the test.
G. If the person testing fails, the
instructor may elect to have another student retake
the test for that level. If it is the same person
retaking the test, the thirty day period between tests
remains in effect. If it is a different person taking
the test, the thirty day period is waived.
H. The fee for testing is the same for
Instructor submitted tests as those sent by
4. A certified instructor may have his
or her status reviewed and/or revoked:
A. If their candidate for promotion to
Black Belt is found to be seriously lacking in the
ability to perform the material of the program as set
forth in the Bylaws of the I.K.C.A. when reviewed by
the board of Black Belts.
When such an occurrence takes place the
instructor is bound by the bylaws to remove, from
public view, their document of certification until the
problem can be reviewed and rectified.
Upon becoming a Karate Connection Black Belt you are
eligible to operate a school with an affiliation with
the "International Karate Connection Association" and
display the I.K.C.A. School Member plaque.
affiliate school may not use "KARATE CONNECTION" as the
name of the school or as any part of the name of the
school. The name "KARATE CONNECTION" is a U.S.
affiliate school is permitted to say in their
advertising that they are "MEMBERS" of the
"INTERNATIONAL KARATE CONNECTION ASSOCIATION" and that
they teach the "KARATE CONNECTION SYSTEM OF CHINESE
GOLDEN DRAGON KARATE ACADEMY
Member School of the INTERNATIONAL
KARATE CONNECTION ASSOCIATION.
4. An affiliate school wishing to use I.K.C.A.
artwork such as that found on the diplomas, club patch
or I.K.C.A. patch for their business cards or for
purposes of advertising may do so under the following
A. By submitting copies of all of the
artwork and written copy to be used to the I.K.C.A.
B. By receiving written permission to use the
5. An affiliate school
wishing to teach material beyond that required by the
I.K.C.A. may do so under the following
A. You may teach all or any part of the
I.K.C.A. material as an addition or supplement to your
own material, if you are using your own promotion
certificates, with no reference to the I.K.C.A.
B. You may, if you wish, require the extra material
for promotion if you are using your own certification
with no reference to the I.K.C.A.
When issuing I.K.C.A. promotion certificates the
following rules apply:
A. You may, at your discretion, teach any
other material in conjunction with the I.K.C.A.
material but it cannot be included in the tests when
issuing I.K.C.A. promotion certificates.
B. You may not require any extra or higher belt
material for any promotion if you are issuing I.K.C.A.
C. You may not reduce, replace or change any of the
material required for promotion as prescribed by the
demonstrated tests on each video if you are issuing
I.K.C.A. promotion certificates.
D. You must conduct all tests exactly as prescribed
on each video, using the prepared off-camera dialogue,
thereby creating total standardization and insuring
that every student is treated equally and fairly.
E. When issuing I.K.C.A. promotion certificates you
are required to pass along to I.K.C.A. headquarters
the name and any other information required to record
the promotion, along with the serial number on the
certificate being issued whether the student is a
member of the I.K.C.A. or not.
1. An amendment, addition or deletion to
the bylaws may be made by the membership by submitting
it in writing and being voted upon by the board of Black
A. It shall take a two thirds majority
in favor to amend, add or delete a bylaw.
First Amendment to the I.K.C.A.
Added under the general heading of
RANK, The first amendment to the INTERNATIONAL
KARATE CONNECTION BYLAWS was ratified on the Twelfth
day of August, Nineteen Ninety Four, to read as
RECOGNITION OF DEGREES OF BLACK
BELT FROM OTHER STYLES, SYSTEMS OR SCHOOLS
13. Rank bestowed by organizations
other than Ed Parker's I.K.K.A. before Mr. Parker's
passing will be governed as follows.
A. When a person of Black Belt rank form another
organization attains the rank of First Degree Black
Belt, through completion of the International Karate
Connection Association Program, with a passing score
of 90 percent per belt level, he or she is eligible
for full recognition of their previously earned
B. With verifiable certification of the dates of their
initial Black Belt promotion and their last degree
14. If the time frame of three years
per degree has not been maintained by the previous
organization, the IKCA will recognize only as many
degrees as the three year formula supports.
A. The fractional time after the last promotion the
IKCA recognizes will be credited toward the
individual's next promotion.
Second Amendment to the I.K.C.A.
Added under the general heading of
RANK, The second amendment to the INTERNATIONAL
KARATE CONNECTION BYLAWS was ratified on the
Twenty-fifth day of April, Two Thousand and Nine, to
read as follows:
AWARDING OF BLACK BELT DEGREE UPON ATTAINING
CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR STATUS
A single additional degree in Black Belt will be
awarded when the Status of Certified Instructor is
attained. (See INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATIONS). This degree
must be requested by the instructor through I.K.C.A.
Headquarters and a small processing fee will be
A. This Degree is independent of rank attained
by the three-year time in rank rule and will not
affect the time in rank requirement between Degree
tests for Black Belt.
B. The status of Certified Instructor and
the degree associated with it must be earned for any
Black Belt to attain the rank of Grand Master, 10th
Degree in the INTERNATIONAL KARATE CONNECTION