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Two sets of testing criteria exist.  Gun Fu is a rigorous martial art.  It requires great strength, endurance, and discipline.  Like it or not, those qualities exist most frequently in adults, and not as frequently, in persons under 18 years old.  To attain Black Belt, an adult must actually execute self defense techniques in full attack situations.  A child or young adult, no matter how talented, would be physically challenged to perform effectively under those circumstances.  There are two sets of testing criteria, one for the adults, the other for students under 18 years old.  The objective is fairness, and creating a path where all students can progress in accordance with their capabilities.  The ranks for those under 18 are referred to as Junior Ranks.  Most juniors reach maturity and transfer to the adult program before they are ready to test for Purple, Brown, or Black Belt.  They arrive in the adult program well grounded in basics, and ready to go to the next level.

It is a unique feature of the Gun Fu system that any student can challenge any test for rank at any time.  So...even if a student is under the age of 18, he or she has the option of challenging the test for adult rank.  It is not encouraged, and is rarely attempted.

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