The most simple answer to this question is when your instructor feels you are ready.  Every martial arts school, style and instructor have a different set of criteria and guidelines that dictate when a student is ready to progress.  Some determining factors maybe:

  • Progress is based upon your knowledge of techniques
  • Progress based upon how well you perform in competition
  • Progress based upon length of time in school
  • Progress based upon attitude and behavior
  • Progress based upon $$$$$ (the worst!!!)

Regardless of how your school or martial arts style chooses to progress you; it is most important to focus on what you are learning instead of focusing on the color of your belt.

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