ATA Tigers Rank System
|ATA Tigers have their own special rank system that is seperate from that of the Karate Kids, Teens and Adults. Their curriculum and belt ranks are tailored to their age and ability level. Each rank has its own special character who teaches students about important life skills and help encourage them in their training.|
"Ara" (AH-rah) means "of the sea." He is shy, sweet, and innocent.
Ara is a shy turtle. Before joining the Tiger classes, he usually just stayed in his shell. Now he is making new friends and loves to do his Forms nice and slow. His favorite move is a knife hand strike.
Turtle Belt - The first belt all students start with! Plain white.
Ara Belt - The second ATA Tigers Belt. White with turtle shell pattern through the middle & a white Ara Headband.
"Baeoh" (BAY-oh) means "flying tiger." He is fun, outgoing, and is a good friend to have.
Baeoh is the funniest Tiger ever. He has a big heart and loves to laugh. He is everyone's friend but sometimes lacks confidence. His favorite move is a side kick.
Tiger Belt - The third ATA Tigers Belt! White with a plain orange stripe through the center..
Baeoh Belt - The fourth ATA Tigers Belt. White with tiger stripe pattern through the middle & an orange Baeoh Headband.
"Cheeri" (CHEER-ee) means "to defend." She is smart, strict, and very hard on herself.
Cheeri is the hardest worker in the class. Even though she always makes straight As, she is always trying hard to get better, maybe sometimes too hard. Her favorite move is a round kick.
Cheetah Belt - The fifth ATA Tigers Belt! White with a plain yellow stripe through the center..
Cheeri Belt - The sixth ATA Tigers Belt. White with cheetah print pattern through the middle and yellow Cheeri Headband.
"Raon" (RAY-on) means "active." He is athletic, strong, and competitive.
Raon is the biggest one in Tiger class. He is very strong and a great athlete. Although he always means well, and sometimes he leaps before he looks. His favorite move is the reverse punch.
Lion Belt - The seventh ATA Tigers Belt! White with a plain camoflague stripe through the center..
Raon Belt - The eigth ATA Tigers Belt. White with camoflague with paw prints through the middle and camo Raon Headband.
"Suri" (SIR-ee) means "eagle." He is self-concious about his size; he works very hard and is eager to please.
Suri comes from a big family of big eagles. He is small for his age and sometimes tries to act bigger than he really is. He always goes too fast, but is working on slowing down. His favorite move is a jump front kick.
Eagle Belt - The ninth ATA Tigers Belt! White with a plain green stripe through the center..
Suri Belt - The tenth ATA Tigers Belt. White with green feather print through the middle and purple Suri Headband.
"Choa" (CHO-ah) means "light the world." She is pretty, outgoing, and stronger than she gives herself credit for.
Choa is a rare phoenix. She is very pretty and likes it when the other animals do things for her. She is learning to do things for herself, and when she does, she is awesome. Her favorite move is a double knife hand block.
Phoenix Belt - The eleventh ATA Tigers Belt! White with a plain purple stripe through the center..
Choa Belt - The twelth ATA Tigers Belt. White with purple & flames through the middle and purple Suri Headband.
"Mir" (MEER) means "dragon." He is intelligent, a little nerdy, and loyal.
Mir is a super smart dragon. He might not be the most coordinated, but he tries really hard. He is learning to control his strength. His favorite move is a spinning hook kick.
Dragon Belt - The thirteenth ATA Tigers Belt! White with a plain blue stripe through the center..
Mir Belt - The fourteenth ATA Tigers Belt. White with blue dragon scale print through the middle and blue Mir Headband.
"Narsha" (NAR-sha) means "flying high." She has a strong will, is self-confident, and determined.
Narsha is the nicest cobra you ever wanted to meet. Even though she doesn't have any arms or legs, she is one of the best Tigers in the class. She always works hard but keeps a smile on her face. Her favorite move is a tail strike.
Cobra Belt - The fifteenth ATA Tigers Belt! White with a plain brown stripe through the center..
Narsha Belt - The sixteenth ATA Tigers Belt. White with snake skin print through the middle and brown Narsha Headband.
"Baron" (ba-ROON) means "right." He is a born leader, physically and mentally fit, and sometimes leans toward being too serious.
Baron is the highest rank in the Tiger class. He is a great leader, he just doesn't know it yet. He is always willing to help. His favorite move is a palm strike.
Panther Belt - The seventeenth ATA Tigers Belt! White with a plain red stripe through the center..
Baron Belt - The final ATA Tigers Belt. White with red panther paw print pattern through the middle and red Baron Headband.
How do ATA Tigers move up to Karate Kids Classes?
Although the ATA Tiger Program is designed for ages 4-6, there is no set age at which students move up to the big kids classes. The main difference between Karate Kids and ATA Tigers is the amount of memorization and independant work required of students. When our Instructors observe Tigers who are showing strong signs of memorization and indepenence in class, we may suggest having your child move up to the Karate Kids Classes at the next Testing.
Do ATA Tigers start over at White Belt when they move up to Karate Kids Classes?
No! ATA Tigers train using the same techniques the big kids use. ATA Tigers will move up to the Karate Kids Classes as Orange Belts or above depending on what rank they achieved as a Tiger.
What will Tigers who move up to Karate Kids be required to do for their next Testing?
Tigers justing moving into Karate Kids classes will ease into memorization by starting on the Half-Rank Testing Schedule. This means that the students will only have to perform half of the required material to test for their next belt.
See More About Full Rank vs Half-Rank Testing Schedules
See a Visual Representation of the ATA Rank System (includes Tiger Ranks, Half Rank & Full Rank Schedules)
See Karate Kid, Teen & Adult Stripe Requirements for Testing
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