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The Black Belt Program in Mixed Martial Science is designed to create the complete and well-rounded martial artist, who not only is able to properly defend him or herself and launch an effective offense in both the ring and on the street, but who is also able to persevere as a peaceful warrior in daily modern life. Through a collaboration of our master instructors, with a century of martial arts training between them, AMMS has developed a proprietary and unique system of martial science, combining art forms, strategies, fitness, traditions, and wisdoms that have proved to be the most effective on the mat and in life.
The AMMS ranking system is comprised of 8 belts or levels: White, Gold, Green, Blue, Red, Brown, Gray, and Black. Within each Level, the student must earn 3 stripes before he or she is awarded the next belt level. There is a stripe test on the last Wednesday of each month at 9pm. Muay Thai has 3 stripes, and BJJ/Judo has 3 stripes, for a total of 6 stripes before earning your next MMS level. A student may test for 1 or 2 stripes in either or both disciplines during a stripe test. For testing, the student must demonstrate a working knowledge of all items in the curriculum for each level in order to pass the assessment and attain the next stripe. Once a student attains each stripe, s/he is to wear it on the sleeve of his/her T-shirt (Muay Thai stripes on right sleeve, BJJ stripes on left). Levels or belts are signified by different color T-shirts.
Each belt test requires the student to demonstrate not only an increasingly intricate variety of martial arts techniques and fitness regimens, but also to take a written exam and turn in written materials that encompass martial arts history, psychology, spiritual philosophies, meditation, goal setting, and general self-improvement. Additionally, the student must have been training for the minimum time frame required for each level; however, if a student has prior experience, that time is also taken into consideration. Either way, the student must demonstrate proficiency of the full testing curriculum, with proper technique, in order to move onto the next level.