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Yellow Belt, 8th Kup

General Notes

The aim of this award syllabus is to keep junior students focussed and motivated, as they progress through the official ITF Taekwon-Do grading programme. There are ten grades from white belt (beginner level) to black belt (proficiency). Students advance to the next grade by taking a formal grading examination.

Junior students can take anything from five to twelve years to achieve black belt, depending on attendance, age and skill level. To keep juniors motivated between grading examinations, unique badge awards can be achieved by attending an assessment. It is possible for a student to achieve all badges at one assessment. However, junior students can take on average three assessments to achieve all badges. When all badges have been attained, juniors are then allowed to take a formal grading examination.

Yellow Belt Badge Awards

All of the following 11 badges must be achieved before students can attend a Grading Examination toGreen Tag (7th Kup). After achieving yellow belt, students mustattend a minimum of twelve sessions (and a minimum of three months of training) before attending an assessment. Thereafter, if need be, students are recommended to attend a minimum of nine sessions before taking the next assessment.

Stance Badge

  1. Demonstrate spot (heel-midline) turn in Walking Ready Stance
  2. Show 360 deg turn in Walking Ready Stance (lifting rear leg and pivoting on front leg)
  3. Test stability of Guarding Block in L-Stance. Students are tapped on their forearms with a pad to test stability

Fitness Badge

  1. Push-ups x 20
  2. Hold Side Kick (each leg) with guard up for 10 secs at or above waist level
  3. Turning kick, using front sole, on each leg against pad

Sparring Badge

  1. Duck, two punches
  2. Switch legs and move forwards/backwards in L-Stance with guard up, mirroring partner
  3. Waist block, two puncheson each leg against pad (starting with reverse punch)

Hand Techniques Badge

  1. Walking Stance, Straight Fingertip Thrust, Release x 4 Forwards
  2. Walking Stance, X-Fist Pressing Block, Twin Fist Punch x4 Backwards

Foot Techniques Badge

Students are only tested on this badge if the Fitness Badge has been achieved

  1. Walking Stance, Front Snap Kick,Two Punches x 4 Forwards
  2. L-Stance, Side Kick, Knife Hand Strike x Forwards

Patterns Badge

The following former exercises and patterns are performed at a higher standard:

  1. The fundamental exercise Four Directional Block
  2. Pattern Chon-Ji

Dan-Gun Pt. 1

The first 10 movements must be performed

Dan-Gun Pts. 1 and 2 (All 21 movements)

Students are only tested on this exercise ifDan-Gun Pt. 1 Badge has been achieved

3-Step Sparring Badge

Students perform the following sequences in both roles as attacker and defender:

  1. Attacker: Walking Stance, Middle Punch x 3
    Defender: Walking Stance, Middle Block x 3. Counter Attack with Reverse Punch
  2. Attacker: Walking Ready Stance, Low Front Snap Kick x 3
    Defender: Walking Stance, Low Block x 3. Counter Attack with Obverse Front Snap Kick
  3. Attacker: Walking Ready Stance, High Punch x 3
    Defender: Walking Stance, High Block x 3. Counter Attack with Reverse Flat Fingertip Thrust

Theory – Part One Badge

Random questions from below in any order:

Question Answer
Whom is Dan-Gun named after? : Dan-Gun is named after the Holy Dan-Gun, the founder of Korea in the year 2333 BC
How many movements are in pattern Dan-Gun? : 21 Capital
What is the diagram or pathway followed by pattern Dan- Gun? : “I”
What does the colour of a yellow belt signify? : Yellow signifies the Earth from which a plant sprouts, as the foundation (root) for Taekwon- Do is being laid.
What is the Korean for:
Back Fist : Dung Joomuk
Footsword : Balkal
Front Snap Kick : Ap Cha Busigi
Knifehand Side Strike : Sonkal Yop Taerigi
Rising Block : Chookyo Makgi
Questions from observations made in class:

Theory – Part Two Badge

Students are only tested on this exercise if the Theory Badge Pt. 1 has been achieved.Random questions from below in any order:

Question Answer
What is the Korean for:
Knifehand Guarding Block : Sonkal Daebi Makgi
3-Step Sparring : Sambo Matsogi
Side Kick : Yop Chagi
Twin Forearm Block : Sang Palmok Makgi
Inside Block : An Makgi
Demonstrate and define Inside Block : An inside block is one that blocks the inside of the opponents attacking limb to expose the inside of the opponents body
Demonstrate Obverse and Reverse Punch in L-Stance:
Questions from observations made in class:

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