Fifth Kup Grading Syllabus

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Linework

Identify yourself

Forwards – Walking stance, high hooking block (twice), obverse middle punch (38 Yul Gok)
Backwards – L stance, twin knife hand block
Forwards – Side kick, reverse side kick, land L stance forearm guarding block
Backwards – Walking stance, high double forearm block
Forwards – Front kick, turning kick (same leg), land L stance, forearm guarding block
Backwards – L stance, upward palm heel block
Forwards – Bending stance, side kick, land in walking stance, front elbow strike (38 Yul Gok)
Backwards – Walking stance, X-fist pressing block
Forwards & backwards – Turning kick, reverse turning kick (360°), land L stance forearm guarding block

Patterns

Pattern of Your Choice (Excluding Yul-Gok)

Pattern Set by the Grading Examiner

Yul-Gok

Yul-Gok is the pseudonym for the great philosopher and scholar Yi I (1536-1584) nicknamed the “Confucius of Korea”. The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on 38˚ latitude and the diagram (土) represents the Korean character for “scholar”.

Number of Movements: 38.

Ready Position: Parallel Ready Stance.(Narani chunbi sogi).

The diagram for this pattern assumes that the student is stood on line AB and is facing D.

  1. Move the left foot to B forming a sitting stance toward D while extending the left fist to D horizontally.
  2. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D.
  3. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D. Perform 2 and 3 in a fast motion.
  4. Bring the left foot to the right foot and then move the right foot to A forming a sitting stance toward D while extending the right fist to D horizontally.
  5. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D.
  6. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a sitting stance toward D. Perform 5 and 6 in a fast motion.
  7. Move the right foot to AD forming a right walking stance toward AD while executing a middle side block to AD with the right inner forearm.
  8. Execute a low front snap kick to AD with the left foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 7.
  9. Lower the left foot to AD forming a left walking stance toward AD while executing a middle punch to AD with the left fist.
  10. Execute a middle punch to AD with the right fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward AD. Perform 9 and 10 in a fast motion.
  11. Move the left foot to BD forming a left walking stance toward BD at the same time executing a middle side block to BD with the left inner forearm.
  12. Execute a low front snap kick to BD with the right foot keeping the position of the hands as they were in 11.
  13. Lower the right foot to BD forming a right walking stance toward BD while executing a middle punch to BD with the right fist.
  14. Execute a middle punch to BD with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward BD. Perform 13 and 14 in a fast motion.
  15. Execute a middle hooking block to D with the right palm while forming a right walking stance toward D, pivoting with the left foot.
  16. Execute a middle hooking block to D with the left palm while maintaining a right walking stance toward D.
  17. Execute a middle punch to D with the right fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward D. Execute 16 and 17 in a connecting motion.
  18. Move the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while executing a middle hooking block to D with the left palm.
  19. Execute a middle hooking block to D with the right palm while maintaining a left walking stance toward D.
  20. Execute a middle punch to D with the left fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward D. Execute 19 and 20 in a connecting motion.
  21. Move the right foot to D forming a right walking stance toward D at the same time executing a middle punch to D with the right fist.
  22. Turn the face toward D forming a right bending ready stance A toward D.
  23. Execute a middle side piercing kick to D with the left foot.
  24. Lower the left foot to D forming a left walking stance toward D while striking the left palm with the right front elbow.
  25. Turn the face toward C forming a left bending ready stance A toward C.
  26. Execute a middle side piercing kick to C with the right foot.
  27. Lower the right foot to C forming a right walking stance toward C while striking the right palm with the left front elbow.
  28. Move the left foot to E forming a right L-stance toward E while executing a twin knife-hand block.
  29. Move the right foot to E forming a right walking stance toward E while executing a middle thrust to E with the right straight finger tip.
  30. Move the right foot to F turning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward F while executing a twin knife-hand block.
  31. Move the left foot to F forming a left walking stance toward F while executing a middle thrust to F with the left straight finger tip.
  32. Move the left foot to C forming a left walking stance toward C while executing a high side block to C with the left outer forearm.
  33. Execute a middle punch to C with the right fist while maintaining a left walking stance toward C
  34. Move the right foot to C forming a right walking stance toward C while executing a high side block to C with the right outer forearm.
  35. Execute a middle punch to C with the left fist while maintaining a right walking stance toward C.
  36. Jump to C forming a left X-stance toward B while executing a high side strike to C with the left back fist.
  37. Move the right foot to A forming a right walking stance toward A at the same time executing a high block to A with the right double forearm.
  38. Bring the right foot to the left foot and then move the left foot to B forming a left walking stance toward B while executing a high block to B with the left double forearm.

Bring left leg back to the ready position.

Sparring

Two Step Sparring (Ibo matsoki)

See the page on Two Step Sparring (numbers 1 – 3) Note: The two step sparring numbers performed at this grade have changed – it used to include number 4 but this is now included in the fourth kup grading.

Three Step Semi – free sparring (intermediate) (ban jayoo matsoki)

3 step semi free sparring is designed as an intermediate step between set sparring and free sparring. It involves three consecutive attacks and three blocks or evasions, plus a counter attack. 3 step semi free sparring should not be rushed, the secret is reaction force and quick, intelligent movements. This is where the true art of sparring is learnt.

The Attacker always starts in Right L Stance, Middle Section Forearm Guarding Block.
The Defender always starts in Parallel Ready Stance.

Intermediate

Attack – Any Three of the Following Kicks. Front Kick, Side Kick, Turning Kick, Reverse Side Kick. Kicking with the Rear Leg First, Alternating Legs.
Defence – Any Block Suitable for Each Individual Kick.
Counter – Any Hand Technique.

Free Sparring (jayoo matsoki)

Free sparring is basically putting what has been learnt so far into practice. In free sparring there is no prearrangement between players, and both participants are completely free to attack and defend – using their hands and feet only. All attacks must be above the opponent’s belt (although the back is not a target), the use of knees, elbows, sweeps and take-downs is not allowed, nor any grabbing or catching of kicks. The attacker must use semi-contact – stopping all attacks at the point of contact (also known as semi-contact sparring) – to follow through with full force is known as full contact sparring which is not used in TAGB sparring generally. In free sparring the following skills are taken into consideration; focused blows, speed, power, balance, effective blocking, skillful dodging and attitude. Remember, you are there to show off your sparring skills (show as many of them as you can!) not to win a bout at a tournament! Show off your skill – but also enable your opponent to do the same!

Theory

Korean Terminology

General Terms

Jumping – Twigi

Parts of the Body

Elbow – Palkup
Knee – Moorup

Stances

X-Stance – Kyocha Sogi

Basic Movements

Double Forearm Block – Doo Palmok Makgi
Hooking Block – Golcho Makgi
Grasping Block – Butjaba Makgi
X Fist Pressing Block – Kyocha Nollo Makgi
Upward Palm Block – Ollyo Sonbadak Makgi
Twin Knife Hand Block – Sang Sonkal Makgi
Upset Punch – Dwijibo Jirugi
Flat Finger Tip Thrust – Opun Sonkut Tulgi
Twin Vertical Punch – Sang Sewo Jirugi
Hooking Kick – Golcho Chagi
Crescent Kick – Bandal Chagi

Sparring

2 Step Sparring – Ibo Matsoki
Free Sparring – Jayoo Matsoki