Martial Arts BadgeKarateTaekwondoJudo

(Discover Health and Fitness)

By Kerry Cordy



Martial arts is a wonderful way to develop self-discipline, confidence,  and respect, as well as physical strength and stamina.  There are a wide variety of martial arts in the world, so make sure your find the best fit for you.  This badge can be earned multiple times.  Once for each different martial art you explore.


You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement as well as those listed at the end of the badge.)


Penguins: Complete three requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.* Learn the rules of your martial art and be able to explain them to others.

_____ 2.* Find at least 5 good drills that can be used to practice skills needed in your martial art and try them out.


Otters: Complete four requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements # 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Learn 3 defensive moves and 3 offensive moves in your martial art.


Dolphin:  Complete 5 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*   Do Otter requirements # 1 & 2.  Learn 5 defensive moves and 5 offensive moves.

_____ 2.*  Learn the vocabulary for your martial art.  Know the names of different types of movement, scoring, stances, body parts, etc.


Butterfly:  Complete 6 requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Dolphin requirements # 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*   Learn about the history of your martial art. Where and when did it originate?  Write an essay, create a booklet or brochure, or make a poster showing the history of your martial art.


Eagle:  Complete seven requirements including the 2 starred.

_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly requirements # 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  How can martial arts make you a better person? Write a short essay about the things that martial arts has taught you.


Owl: Complete nine requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1* Do Eagle requirements # 1 and 2.

_____ 2* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.



Optional requirements:

_____ 3.  Find out what type of competitions and tournaments are connected to your martial art.  Can you compete locally?  In what countries is your sport most popular?

_____ 4.  Know the safety rules for you sport and learn the first aid necessary to treat the most common injuries.

_____ 5.  Take at least 6 classes in your chosen martial art.

_____ 6.  Watch a professional competition of your martial art either in person or on TV.

_____ 7.  What is the proper attire for your martial art?  What equipment is used?  How should they be stored and cared for?

_____ 8.  Participate in at least one competition in your chosen martial art.

_____ 9.  Compare your martial art with at least three other martial arts such as Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Aikido, or kickboxing.  How are they different?  How are they the same?

_____ 10. What careers might use martial arts?  Look at jobs like police, military, movie choreographers, body guards, martial arts instructors, etc.  Choose one and find out how martial arts would benefit you in your job?  What level would you need to be?  What other education would be required?  What hours could you expect to work?  Where might you have to live?

_____ 11.  Find out about at least one professional female athlete in your sport.  Who is she?  Where is she from?  What makes her an outstanding athlete? Write a brief article of your findings to share with your troop.

_____ 12. Participate in a service project that uses or benefits martial arts in some way.

_____ 13.  Research organizations and businesses in your area that promote, or teach, your martial art.  Put together an information sheet for people who wish to participate in this martial art in your area.

_____ 14. Find out where your form of martial arts originated and when.  Locate it on a map.