First Kup Grading Syllabus

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Grading Requirements

Before grading for your black belt you will need to fulfil the following requirements:-

  • 1st Kup to 1st Dan – six months training time minimum.
  • Attend all three pre-grading sessions (attend and pass the black belt pre-grading at the Bristol Academy and then attend the two pre-grading training sessions – see Calendar for dates) immediately prior to the grading.
  • Train with your instructor on a regular basis.
  • Be up to date with your subscriptions.
  • Must have a current TAGB licence for the whole of the training period.
  • Minimum Training Time – subject to a minimum training period of three years and six months from 10th kup to 1st Dan.
  • Fill in and return the black belt grading form, along with the required essay (you will be given a black belt grading pack explaining this by Mr Martin).
  • Pay the necessary fee.

Linework

The following are examples of linework you may be asked to perform for your 1st Kup/black belt grading – but they are by no means prescribed!

FWD Low block, rising block, reverse punch
BWD Knife hand guarding block, upper elbow
FWD rear leg front kick, turning kick, double punch
BWD Double forearm block – middle WS, then low LS.
FWD Side kick, back kick, reverse punch
BWD First 3 Moves Won-Hyo
FWD Turning kick, reverse turning kick, lead hand ridgehand, reverse punch
BWD First 2 moves Toi-Gye
FWD Front leg hook kick, side kick comb, RL axe kick.
BWD Double hooking block, obverse punch,then twin knife hand block
FWD Knife hand guarding block, FL front kick, flat fingertip thrust
BWD U Shaped block, fixed stance.
FWD Jumping Side Kick, Rear Leg,With Step
BWD Wedging block WS, then knife hand strike LS.
FWD Jumping front kick without step, then pressing block, low stance
BWD X Fist pressing block, X fist rising block

Patterns

Student’s choice pattern

Examiner’s choice patterns

Choong Moo

Choong-Moo was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin of the Yi Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson) in 1592, which is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the king.

Number of Movements: 30

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 right L-stance, executing a twin knife-hand block.
  2. Move the right foot to B forming a right walking stance, executing a right high front knife hand strike, bring the left back hand in front of the forehead.
  3. Move the right foot to A turning clockwise to form a left L-stance toward A, executing a middle knife hand guarding block.
  4. Move the left foot to A forming a left walking stance, executing a left high flat finger tip thrust.
  5. Move the left foot to D forming a right L-stance toward D, executing a middle knife hand guarding block.
  6. Turn the face to C forming a left bending ready stance A toward C.
  7. Execute a right middle side piercing kick to C.
  8. Lower the right foot to C forming a right L-stance toward D, executing a middle knife hand guarding block to D.
  9. Execute a right flying side piercing kick to D, taking one step, land to D forming a left L stance toward D, executing a middle knife hand guarding block to D.
  10. Move the left foot to E turning counter clockwise to form a right L-stance toward E, executing a left low outer forearm block.
  11. Extend both hands upward as if to grab the opponent’s head, forming a left walking stance toward E, slipping the left foot.
  12. Execute a right upward knee kick pulling both hands downward.
  13. Lower the right foot to the left foot and then move the left foot to F forming a left walking stance, executing a right high reverse knife hand front strike, bringing the left back hand under the right elbow joint.
  14. Execute a right high turning kick to DF, then lower it to the left foot.
  15. Execute a middle back piercing kick to F with the left foot.
  16. Lower the left foot to F forming a left L-stance toward E, executing a middle forearm guarding block.
  17. Execute a left middle turning kick to DE.
  18. Lower the left foot to the right foot, move the right foot to C forming a right fixed stance toward C, executing a U-shape block.
  19. Jump and spin counter clockwise, landing on the same spot to form a left L-stance toward C, executing a middle knife hand guarding block.
  20. Move the left foot to C forming a left walking stance, executing a right low upset fingertip thrust.
  21. Execute a right high back fist strike to D and a left low outer block to C, forming a right L-stance toward C, pulling the left foot.
  22. Move the right foot to C forming a right walking stance, executing a right middle straight fingertip thrust.
  23. Move the left foot to B turning counter clockwise to form a left walking stance toward B while executing a left high double forearm block.
  24. Move the right foot to B forming a sitting stance toward C, executing a right middle inwards front block to C, then a right high back fist strike to B.
  25. Execute a right middle side piercing kick to A turning counter clockwise, then lower it to A.
  26. Execute a left middle side piercing kick to A.
  27. Lower the left foot to A and then execute a X knife hand checking block to B, forming a left L-stance toward B.
  28. Move the left foot to B forming a left walking stance toward B, executing a twin upward block.
  29. Move the left foot on line AB and then execute a right rising block, forming a right walking stance toward A.
  30. Execute a left middle punch to A, maintaining a right walking stance toward A.

Bring the left foot back to the ready position.

Set Sparring

3 step sparring, 3 step semi-free sparring, 2 step sparring & 1 step sparring (advanced).

See pages on three step sparring and two step sparring for revision. You may be asked to do any of the above – you should be proficient at all by now!

Free Sparring – three rounds.

Theory

At this grade you should be knowledgeable in ALL theory up to and including this grade. You are also expected to have read about TaeKwon-Do and its history further than your blue book – you should be able to answer the following (example) questions:-

  1. Why do you do TaeKwon-Do?
  2. Why do you want to be a black belt?
  3. Which colour belt patterns end in a left hand attack?
  4. Name the colour belt patterns that include a backfist?
  5. Name the colour belt patterns that contain release moves?
  6. What is the difference between the jump in Yul-Gok and Toi-Gye?
  7. What is th difference between move number 6 in Won-Hyo and number 6 in Hwa-Rang and why?
  8. What are the three Kingdoms of Korea?
  9. What have you given back to TaeKwon-Do since you started training?
  10. What is the difference between and strike and a thrust?
  11. Explain the meaning of indomitable spirit?
  12. What date did you start TaeKwon-Do and why?

See also our document to download on Theory for Black Belt Gradings and we also recommend testing your theory using the test at www.taekwondosouthwest.co.uk 

Meaning of Black Belt

Black is the opposite of white, it therefore completes the circle and signifies maturity and proficiency in Tae Kwon-Do. It also signifies the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.

Korean Terminology

Parts of the Body

Side Fist – Yop Joomok
Reverse Knife Hand – Sonkal Dung

Stances

One Leg Stance – Wae Bal Sogi

Basic Movements

Checking Block – Momchau Makgi
Downward Block – Naeryo Makgi
Double Arc Hand Block – Doo Bandalson Makgi
Stamping Kick – Cha Bapgi
Sweeping Kick – Goro Chagi
Overhead Kick – Twio Nomo Chagi