black belt program

Black Belt Program The Black Belt Journey

Achieving the rank of black belt is an amazing accomplishment that requires training, dedication, and the desire to reach a lofty and honorable goal. North County Martial Arts’ black belts are some of the best in the nation.

Through NCMA fun but challenging curriculum, students learn what it takes to become a skilled martial artist both physically and mentally. Through their path toward black belt, our students attain physical acuity, mental strength, and inner power.

We value the things in life that take work. NCMA’s black belt exam is very rigorous. Like anything we choose in life, from the university we attend, to the life partner we marry, to the friends we spend our time with, it is important we choose the fit that brings us closer to our ideal self. And sometimes, the best is not the easiest.

NCMA’s black belt test is just that: it the best, but it is not the easiest.


Black Belt Program Frequently Asked Questions

  • The time it takes to become proficient varies with each individual. Students are often amazed by their own ability and accomplishment in as little as six months. Training will give you the confidence of knowing that you can defend yourself in most situations. Your goal should be to attain the rank of Black Belt. This level of proficiency typically takes about 4 years for adults and 5 years for children.

  • Yes, sparring is part of the black belt test curriculum at North County Martial Arts. In order to fully assess your skills as a martial artist, you must be proficient in both the art (Hyung/forms) and martial (sparring) aspects of martial arts. On your test, you will be paired with a skilled black belt who will take care to provide the appropriate level of challenge for you.

  • It’s an optional early Saturday morning course that runs approximately three months prior to the next Black Belt test. The class is held from 7am to 9am and is designed to increase a student’s chance of passing their Black Belt test. Instructors hone and fine tune the participant’s skills via specific test curriculum instruction.

  • Yes. You will either pair up with someone of your choice who is also participating in the BBPC or we will assign you an appropriate partner at your request.


  • We recommend that you try to train an additional 5 hours per week on top of your regular training. Many times the school has floor space available to you for additional training.


  • The fee for the black belt test is $450. If you do not pass the test, your fee, minus a $30 test fee, may be applied to your next attempt.


  • Yes. Testing for black belt is a very personal experience grounded in extensive training, both physical and emotional. Each student will be assessed by a group of black belt judges.


  • As a student of NCMA, you will be proud to learn that NCMA’s black belt test is highly rigorous. This means that students who matriculate and graduate with the rank of black belt are highly skilled, knowledgeable and accomplished martial artists. That being said, sometimes students do fail the black belt test on their first attempt. You are welcome to test for black belt as many times as necessary. We test two times per year. With a little more time and training, those who do not pass their first attempt often do pass on their second.


  • This is a common question. The answer is yes, absolutely! Black belt is an amazing achievement. It is an ambitious and honorable goal. That being said, there is so much to learn once you enter into the black belt stage of your training. Many black belts say that they have experienced even more fun and growth once they achieved black belt. Once you achieve black belt, there is a whole new set of curriculum, as well as certain training privileges only awarded to those ranked black belt or higher. It’s like graduating high school and entering into college. A huge achievement, coupled with a whole new set of fun, learning and experiences!

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