Table of Contents

  • A Personal Note of Welcome
  • History and Style
  • School Name
  • Logo/Patch
  • Student Creed Tiny Tiger & Little Dragons Creed
  • Uniform and Equipment Rank Structure
  • Under Belt Testing Black Belt Testing
  • Attendance, Clubs and School Activities
  • Useful Terms and Rules of our Dojo

A Personal Note of Welcome

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students,

Let me take this moment to welcome you and congratulate you on your choice of our Martial Arts training facility. There are other fine establishments but not many that have the longevity of One Step Beyond. I like to think that our enduring existence
since 1982, in the same community, must be credited not only to the outstanding quality of our instructors and training programs, but, also to the loyalty of our students and their families.

We are a family oriented institution and are proud to have families training together; in fact, my daughter & I started our Martial Arts training at One Step Beyond and for years took class together. This forged a special bond between us that is hard to duplicate by other means.

Our programs will take all our students on their very own “Quest to Be Their Best”. This credo will mean taking different paths for different people. We here at One Step Beyond understand that each student is a special individual, with varying strengths and weaknesses. As instructors in the Martial Arts, our responsibility is to “Weed out the Weakness, Not the Weak”. The curriculum that we teach in our Dojo is designed so that with effort, everyone who has the will to succeed can succeed, not only in the outward physical aspects of Martial Arts (punching & kicking) but the internal mental benefits, self-confidence, self-discipline even stress relief.

I could go on for many more pages about the value of training in the Arts, but enough talking. Now, on with your journey to become the best Martial Artist you can be.

Once again, thank you for choosing to be part of our growing family of Martial Artists.

Yours Sincerely,
Tony Hanley (Sensei),
Owner / Head Instructor

Our History

One Step Beyond opened its doors on October 3rd. 1982, when Chief instructor Otto Pozzo began teaching the arts of American Combat Karate and the TA-MA System of Self Defense (Total Approach to Martial Arts). Mr. Pozzo developed the system of TA-MA after having studied in a variety of styles. One Step Beyond has, since its beginning, provided students with the best possible martial arts training. This is done by a variety of the finest instructors giving years of knowledge and experience to each student. By providing our students with this quality teaching and training and allowing each student to be creative within our style, One Step Beyond has been able to produce many tournament champions, but above all else – well respected, self confident members of their communities.

Our Style

Taking methods of movement, philosophy, training procedures and martial art techniques from world-renowned martial artists and incorporating them into American Karate is the foundation of the TA-MA System. It is an eclectic style of martial arts that changes and evolves with the continued gathering of knowledge from around the world.

School Name

The name One Step Beyond originated from a desire by Mr. Pozzo to create a martial arts school, that would provide a system for current martial artists. The TA-MA system would allow them to take their training one step beyond the skill level that had already achieved. The name still serves as a symbol and a constant reminder to our students and staff to always strive for excellence and to take their own personal goals one step beyond.

Our Logo and The History of our Patch

The question “Why was an American Pit Bull Terrier picked for our school logo?” has come up often since our school first opened, so let us explore some of the reasons. The dog, any dog, is man’s best friend. It was the first species ever brought into the lair of another species just for the sake of companionship. Literature abounds with stories and poems about this faithful companion and it’s unquestioning love for man.

The dog is “GAME”. “GAME”, defined in terms of dog’s behavior, means the characteristics of not quitting. ‘Gameness’ does not mean a desire to fight but rather a desire to finish or succeed at a task, any task.

Search and rescue dogs that climb over brush or debris hour after hour in the hot sun or bitter cold searching for survivors are perfect examples of “gameness”. They will work until the task is completed. It is an ability and fortitude to complete a task to the best of its ability. We ask only the same of our students and ourselves.

Using a dog as a symbol is nothing new. Some of you who are parents and grandparents may remember a dog from Buster Brown Shoes, and the small dog from RCA VICTOR, who sits, head cocked, listening to that old phonograph. Both were American Pit Bull Terriers. The United States of America adopted a drawing of a Pit Bull to represent its Armed Forces in World War I. It was a symbol of strength and courage and can be seen on old posters concerning our brave fighting men of that era.

That, coupled with the fact that the dog you see on our patch is AMERICAN, is why it was chosen. We are American Martial Artists and proud of it. Our art, like some of us, our parents or grandparents came from other, far off lands. But we chose this country of freedom as our home. We became “Americans”. The American Pit Bull Terrier fit our feelings well and was subsequently adopted. The drawing we use was first published in the 1970’s. It was picked because it’s a pretty nice drawing, no growl, and no snarl, just a confident, proud symbol.

Student Creed

I will develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything
that could reduce my mental growth or my physical health.
I will develop self-discipline in order to bring out the best in
myself and others.
I will use what I learn in class constructively and defensively to
help myself and my fellow human being and never to be abusive
or offensive.
I am on a Quest to be My Best!

Tiny Tiger & Little Dragons Creed

I promise to say, “I can do it”.
I promise to do what I am told with excitement.
I promise to be good to others.
I promise to never misuse what I learn in class.

Uniform and Equipment

Students will receive a Gi (karate uniform) during their introductory program. In addition, a school patch and style patch will be required on each uniform.

Also, every male student must wear an athletic supporter and cup with their uniform in every class. It is also recommended that older female students wear a chest protector to all classes.

One Step Beyond T-shirts will be allowed in class from June 1st. up until but NOT including our annual Beach Class.

Although no student is required to participate in Sparring, it has always been our belief that it is through sparring exercises that a student can truly see progress and build the self-confidence that is required to be successful in martial arts. In order to spar, all students are required to have a complete complement of equipment including headgear, mouthpiece, hand protection, cup and supporter for males, chest & groin protector for females, shin protection and feet protection. The use of all this equipment is mandatory while sparring but more importantly this equipment will help keep us safe from potential injury.

Please read and sign the Sparring Safety Policy of One Step Beyond.
(Available at the office)


PEE-WEE PANDAS: Light Camouflage with background belt with colored stripe
LITTLE DRAGONS: Camouflage (Dragon Skin) background belt with colored stripe.
TINY TIGERS: White background belt with colored stripe.
JUNIOR STUDENTS: Solid colored belt.
TEEN / ADULT STUDENTS: Solid colored belt
All new students begin their martial arts training as a WHITE BELT. This
shows that a student is at the initial stages of a long Martial Arts career.

Belts do NOT get washed

A WHITE BELT is a newborn, just opening their eyes to the world of Martial Arts, knows nothing but is ready to be taught.

A YELLOW BELT is like a puppy, frolicking through techniques, having acquired some knowledge of basic techniques.
The rank of YELLOW BELT shows that the student has committed some time toward their training and is developing knowledge of basic techniques.

ORANGE BELT is a transition period to darker belts, works harder than yellow belt pups, has acquired some strength; their bark is worse than their bite.
Achieving the rank of ORANGE BELT shows that the student understands
the basic techniques of our system and is gaining confidence.

Playtime is over. A BLUE BELT is housebroken, knows the rules and no longer “pups out” on pushups or exercises; ears are perked and listens intently; starts to help little pups stay in line. A blue belt pup is ready to go!!!
By reaching BLUE BELT a student shows that they are focused on
training, pays attention in class and has concentration while
practicing techniques.

The rank of PURPLE BELT shows that the student is confident, has a firm grasp of all basic techniques, and has practiced sparring skills. The student is dedicated to their training and proves that they are ready to move into the higher belts by working hard and showing commitment.
Last step before green belt, the purple belt works like a dog;
Must show Sensei they mean business about training. This pup is now ready to take on the responsibilities of a serious Martial Artist.

The ranks of GREEN and ADVANCED GREEN BELT and shows that a student is now ready to continue on in the martial arts. A green belt works harder than any other belt because it is at this belt when techniques and skills are no longer a large factor – desire, perseverance, and indomitable spirit are the qualities that sets the green belt apart.
All business, no pup left in this dog; trains hard, “Real Hard”; tries everything in Martial Arts from “aerial crazies’ to “exercise overload”; many dogs are lost at this stage – some retire, some get hit by cars or are fed to the sharks, and some must be put to sleep.

At the rank of RED BELT and QUALIFYING BLACK BELT, the student should now assist on a regular basis in the teaching of classes and will be judged on the ability to instruct, teach about our style, and above all else stay humble.
All the qualities of the previous belts and much more; pride, strength, maturity, and patience with children and pups. Knows how to lead a pack and care for the flock; understands that a great responsibility is about to be bestowed upon him or her.

When a student achieves the rank of BLACK BELT they have proven commitment and dedication to martial arts. Each Black Belt must be able to instruct a full class and have knowledge about techniques and how each is used. Above all else, a Black Belt must realize that they are still nothing more than a beginner and that many have gone before them. A Black belt must be disciplined, have respect for all, and be

A newborn just opening your eyes to the world of martial arts just a darker shade of a white belt. A Black Belt who does not consider themselves to be a beginner is either a fool or a French poodle. We do not teach either at this Dojo.


Each group and belt level has a set curriculum to enable our students to progress from one belt level to the next. In order to qualify to test, students must have completed at the very least the minimum requirements from their current belt level curriculum and be in good account standing.


All qualifying students will be tested using our Black Belt testing cycle. This is a specially designed evaluation program to test the student’s knowledge of all aspects of their martial arts training.

The best way for a student to be promoted is by simply striving to be the best they can be at their current rank


Participating in class is the single most important thing in your success in the martial arts. Remember the saying “showing up is 80% of winning the game”. The same applies for Martial Arts training. We expect to see our students weekly on the following minimum basis:
LITTLE DRAGONS twice per week.
TINY TIGERS twice per week.
JUNIOR STUDENTS twice per week.
TEEN / ADULTS twice per week.
It is the student’s responsibility to inform the office if a vacation is scheduled.
In addition, if a student is sick we request that you call the office to let us know. Attendance in class is very important to promotions.
Each belt has a required number of classes before a student can be tested.
A student ID # is assigned to each student and the student is responsible for entering that number into the computer before class. The ID # is the only way the office staff can tell if a student has been in class. No number entered then, no credit for class. If a student cannot find his or her ID #, the office staff should be told immediately.



The Black Belt Club (BBC) is the inner core of our school. Qualified orange belts and above can be invited to join the BBC.
To qualify, students must have good attendance, a strong desire to learn, and a
commitment to strive for Black Belt excellence.
Members of the BBC can wear special BBC uniforms with a special patch and receive a black belt with their name embroidered on it that will be displayed on the wall.
BBC members are also eligible to participate in weapons training, tryout for demonstrations and participate in special BBC classes.
BBC members an also qualify for the Assistant Instructor program. In addition, since BBC members are committed to Black Belt excellence, they are entitled to a
50% discount on Black Belt Testing.
The primary purpose of the club is to allow students who are committed to achieving their Black Belt take part in special classes and activities that will help them succeed.


Students receive a gold star for their uniform lapel for each honor roll (top 2 grades in any academic grading system) report card shown at the office. After five stars an “Academic achiever “ patch is given, after five more stars an “Academic Superstar” patch is given, after five more stars a trophy is presented.


Students are awarded a blue star for every successful referral.

R.A.D. – Rape Aggression Defense

Ladies only self defense courses – basic, advanced & key chain.

RADkids – Resisting Aggression Defensively

Self defense / anti-abduction courses for children ages 5-7 years & 8-10 years.

R.A.D. for Seniors

Awareness & self defense seminars for senior citizens

Various other activities such as Pot Luck Dinners, Movie Nights, Sleep Overs, Outside Classes are scheduled on a ‘Month to Month “basis.
Check the special events page for details.


DOJO – This is the area where we receive our martial arts instruction
KIAI – Japanese term meaning Spirit Yell. To exhale through the mouth and shout loudly.
KARATE – Japanese term which means Empty Hand (no weapons)
SENSEI – Japanese term that means “One who has gone before”. The simple way of translating this term is “Teacher” or “Instructor”
TA-MA – Total Approach to Martial Arts. Created by Sa Bu Nim
(Korean title for Master Instructor) Otto Pozzo
RESPECT – To have high regard for. To hold in high esteem
CONFIDENCE – Feeling good about yourself and your ability to succeed; having a strong mind
FOCUS – To concentrate totally on what you are doing
SELF CONTROL – The ability to control your own actions and/or emotions
SELF DISCIPLINE – The ability to do something you may not like, but that you know is the right thing. (Push ups, cleaning your room, etc.)
INDOMITABLE SPIRIT – Unconquerable inner strength.
PERSEVERANCE – Keep on trying. Having the “I won’t quit” attitude
INTEGRITY – Adhering to a code of values
HONESTY – Being truthful and genuine
MODESTY – Being humble; NOT boastful
COURTESY – Politeness


“Our Dojo is a miniature cosmos where we can make contact with
ourselves-our fears, anxieties, reactions, and habits. It is an arena of
confined conflict where we confront an opponent who is not an
opponent but rather a partner engaged in helping us understand
ourselves more fully. It is a place where we can learn a great deal in
a short time about who we are and how we react in the world. ”

  • Be punctual for class.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before your class.
  • If your class has begun, stand in a ready stance at the edge of the dojo (in the training area) until invited into class by the instructor.
  • Always respect the class in progress.
  • Quietly prepare for your class – remain off the dojo until invited on.
  • Uniforms shall be kept neat & clean – do not wash your belt patches properly placed.
  • Good hygiene habits are appreciated.
  • Remove all jewelry.
  • Learn to tie your belt properly (kneeling down) – do not wear your belt outside except at sanctioned events.
  • Practice courteous & polite greetings toward your instructors and your classmates.
  • Introduce any guests to your instructor and the office staff.
  • Introduce yourself to new students – welcome them.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the training area or on the dojo.
  • Abusive actions or language will not be tolerated.
  • Develop positive & safe classroom habits.
  • No gum chewing before or during class.
  • Bow to the front as you step on & off the dojo.
  • Always use good control.
  • Enter class with spirit and a strong energy for learning.
  • Listen attentively to instructors – stay focused.
  • This is your dojo – always take pride in it!
  • Speak well of all your class mates.
  • Properly store your personal belongings.
  • Respect the property and belongings of others.
  • Place all equipment in its proper place keep the dojo clean.
  • No eating or drinking past the visitors area.

We Appreciate Your Cooperation
Thank You