You will begin to notice changes in the nature of the curriculum with the material for the Purple Belt. By now you have learned the essential kicks, strikes, stances, and blocks. Now you will begin to put these skills together as sequences of movement. No longer will you simply use an individual skill, but will instead begin to consider how using one skill is simply the prelude to the use of another.
You will continue weapons training by learning two additional versions of the Tensoku Ryu Jo Kata. Then you will gain experience using both longer and shorter staff weapons, including the long staff (Bo) and the half-staff (Hanbo).
Purple Belt Curriculum Overview
You will also find that this belt requires more mental preparation and thought than earlier belts. This belt requires you to learn material that is often considered to be outside of normal martial arts training. As you will eventually see, this material is ultimately all about the martial arts, your health, and your well-being.
The curriculum for Purple Belt will again expand your knowledge and skills while demanding more physical conditioning, precision of movement and effectiveness. You will gradually work toward these improvements; they will come as natural progressions rather than instantaneous or sudden changes. Like everything, you must work at these changes diligently, but they will be introduced at a rate that you can readily absorb without difficulty.
You will find this belt necessitates much more activity and movement than prior belts. Nearly all skills involve some form of movement beyond the elemental skill itself. For example, many of the kicks require that you move before, during, or after the kick to properly position yourself for the extension of the kicks or your protection afterward. While this may not sound like much initially, you will find that the kicks in this belt are much more anaerobic than those in prior belts.
There is a much greater emphasis on conceptual studies in this belt material. You have mastered the fundamental self-defense skills from your prior belts, now it is time to start expanding your horizons as you begin to appreciate more subtle and beneficial mental skills.
For the first time you will also be introduced to the formal studies of the human anatomy. Anatomical studies are essential if you are to understand how to protect yourself in a conflict and ensure a long and robust life. These studies are also valuable in understanding what can be done to inhibit or prevent an opponent from performing an attack at any moment in time. Ultimately you will want to know both how you can harm someone if necessary, and how you can prevent harm to yourself, your opponent, and others. Our anatomical studies are rather detailed. We want you to have a firm grounding in human anatomy. But, we do not expect that you will earn a medical degree based on our studies of anatomy. The anatomical information you study is detailed, but not that detailed.
Purple Belt Curriculum
You might find it beneficial to go back and review the Yellow Belt Curriculum. You will likely rediscover things you have forgotten, see information in a new light, or notice something you had somehow overlooked before. It is always instructional to go back over material after you have been away from for some significant period of time. There is always something fresh and interesting to be discovered. You might make this a practice. Review the manual from two belts ago as you are in the final stages of preparing for your next advancement opportunity.
Practice as though you are at war. Seek peace in everything you do.