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1st Degree Black Belt

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One leg stance 

Knife hand high guarding block 

Knife hand low front block 

Outer forearm reverse low block 

Forefist pressing block 

Inner forearm side-front block

Inner forearm middle wedging block

U-shape grasp 

Reverse knife hand low guarding block

Double arch-hand high block 

Palm scooping block 

9 shape block 

Pressing kick

Side fist downward strike 

Horizontal punch 

Twin elbow horizontal thrust 

Low twisting kick 

Middle knuckle fist punch 

Heavenly hand 

Consecutive kick


Waebal sogi

Sonkal nopunde daebi makgi

Sonkal najunde ap makgi

Bakat palmok bandae najunde makgi

Ap joomuk noollo makgi

An palmok yopap makgi

An palmok kaunde hechyo makgi

Digutja japgi

Sonkal dung najunde daebi makgi

Doo bandal son nopunde makgi

Sonbadak duro makgi

Gutja makgi

Noollo chagi

Yop joomuk naeryo taerigi

Soopyong jirugi

Sang palkup soopyong tulgi

Najunde bituro chagi

Joongji joomuk jirugi

Hanul son

Yonsok chagi

One leg stance - Waebal sogi

Knife hand high guarding block - Sonkal nopunde daebi makgi

Knife hand low front block - sonkal najunde ap makgi

Outer forearm reverse low block - Bakat palmok bandae najunde makgi

Forefist pressing block - Ap joomuk noollo makgi

Inner forearm side-front block - An palmok yopap makgi

Inner forearm middle wedging block - An palmok kaunde hechyo makgi 

U-shape grasp - Digutja japgi

Reverse knife hand low guarding block - Sonkal dung najunde daebi makgi

Double arch-hand high block - Doo bandal son nopunde makgi

Palm scooping block - Sonbadak duro makgi

9 shape block - Gutja makgi

Pressing kick - Noollo chagi

Side fist downward strike - Yop joomuk naeryo taerigi

Horizontal punch - Soopyong jirugi

Twin elbow horizontal thrust - Sang palkup soopyong tulgi

Low twisting kick - Najunde bituro chagi

Middle knuckle fist punch - Joongji joomuk jirugi

Heavenly hand  Hanul son

Consecutive kick - Yonsok chagi

Black Belt Colour Meaning: Black is the opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.

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Kwang-Gae Tul


Kwang-Gae is named after the famous Kwang-Gae-Toh-Wang, the 19th King of the Koguryo Dynasty, who regained all the lost territories including the greater part of Manchuria. The diagram represents the expansion and recovery of the lost territory. The 39 movements refer to the first two figures of 391 AD, the year he came to the throne.


Ready stance: Parallel ready stance with a heaven hand


Number of moves: 39

Po-Eun Tul


Po-Eun is the pseudonym of a loyal subject Chong Mong-Chu (1400) who was a famous poet and whose poem "I would not serve a second master though I might be crucified a hundred times" is known to every Korean. He was also a pioneer in the

field of physics. The diagram represents his unerring loyalty to the king and country towards the end of the Koryo Dynasty.


Ready stance: Parallel ready stance with a heaven hand


Number of moves: 36

Gae-Baek Tul


Ge-Baek is named after Ge-Baek, a great general in the Baek Je Dynasty (660 AD). The diagram represents his severe and strict military discipline.


Ready stance: Parallel ready stance


Number of moves: 44

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Star Gradings

Junior Black Belts have to complete double time between Dan gradings up to the age of 15. The time

between 1st and 2nd Dan gradings would usually be 18 months but for a junior this could extend to 36 months

depending on their age. A junior aged 11 at the time of passing their 1st Dan grading would work for 36

months before being able to grade for the 2nd Dan. Basically for every 2 months the junior completes while

under the age of 15 would actually equate to 1 month. Please speak to your instructor to work this out

accurately and to avoid any confusion.

As the juniors will have to complete extra time we have implemented a system of star grades to give them a

chance to learn everything in the syllabus and complete intermediate gradings. The gradings will take place

at the coloured belt gradings and will be based on the following:


1st Star Kwang-Gae

2nd Star Po-Eun

3rd Star Gae-Baek

4th Star Kwang-Gae & Po-Eun

5th Start Po-Eun & Gae-Baek


At each of the Star Gradings you will also be required to perform line work and set sparring.

The star gradings are based on one every six months and on completion of a successful grading the student

will be presented with a grading certificate and a gold star which is to be attached to the dobok under the ITF badge.

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