White and Yellow- Beginning students wear a white belt. A yellow belt is the first belt for which you test in American Kenpo Karate. To get the yellow belt, you must illustrate 10 self-defense techniques, which are generally conducted when a challenger is getting you.
Orange, Purple, Blue and Green- As you advance through your orange, purple, blue and green straps, you learned almost 100 more self-defense methods. For each of these belt assessments, you are needed to show 24 self-defense methods. You must illustrate new katas to earn these belts positions. Kicking, striking, stance, synchronization and hand and finger gestures are also needed at these levels.
Brown- Brown belt is divided into three stages. You must analyze for third-, second- and first-degree brown belts. The third- and second-degree brown belts each needs you to show 24 new self-defense methods. The first-degree brown-belt self-defense goes, however, are not new methods but additions of the self-defense methods that you discovered when learning toward your orange belt.
Black- To generate the black belt in American Kenpo Karate, you must illustrate a staff set, showing your expertise with a wood made staff. You must also illustrate a blocking set. The self-defense methods at this stage are the same as those needed for purple belt. The black-belt self-defense techniques are an expansion of the purple-belt methods.