James Freers Taekwondo Academy

Grading

Grading curriculum for coloured belts & black belts

Coloured belts up to blue stripe

In order to be considered for a grading, a student must do no less than 12 training sessions or more between each grading - i.e. training twice a week for 3 months.
If a student trains once a week - it will take 6 months to get 12 or more training sessions in.
If a student misses too many training sessions then they will have to wait for the next grading.
Also some students need more time to take in what is needed for each grading.

Blue belt up to Red belt

The student needs to do no less than 24 training sessions in between gradings - i.e. training twice a week for 6 months.
If a student is training once a week they should wait 12 months between gradings.
Again some students need more time to pick things up towards their grading

Black Stripe

The student needs to train 3 to 4 times per week for 6 months or more.
Extra class available for patterns held on Friday nights 7.30-9.00pm (ask Instructor for details).

Black Belts

Students must do as many training sessions as possible.
If a student misses a lot of training sessions then they will have to wait an extra 6 months before their next grading.

1st Dan to 2nd Dan - 2 years
2nd Dan to 3rd Dan - 3 years
3rd Dan to 4th Dan - 4 years
4th Dan to 5th Dan - 5 years

For Juniors

Junior students (under 16) have to wait double the time of the adults until they turn 16 yrs of age. Instead, juniors take a 'STAR GRADING' every year up to the time they take their Dan grade.
All of the gradings are down to your Instructor - not the student.
Everyone learns at different rates - some students take 3 months, some take 6 or even 9 months between gradings. The important thing is that we all reach our goal in the end. It is not a race - we have years of training in Tae Kwon-do ahead of us.

GRADING - PRACTICAL GUIDE 10th Kup to 5th Kup

Please note:
1 ] the advice below is NOT A SUBSTITUTE for lessons - you are stll expected to attend your normal lessons!
2 ] the examiner can ask anything they like, so the advice below is simply a guide - different things could happen on the day

5th Kup - Blue Tag

Name & grade position 1
Stepping forwards, left leg - Circular Block, Front Kick, land, Reverse Punch
Backwards - Hooking Block Combination from 'Yul Gok'
Forwards - L Stance, Side Kick, Back Kick, back to guard
Turn - same technique
Forwards- L Stance, Turning Kick, Reverse Turning Kick
Turn - same technique
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Pattern - Students Choice
Pattern -Examiners Choice
Grade Pattern - Yul Gok
2 - Step Sparring - (numbers 1- 4)
3 - Step Semi-Free Sparring (Intermediate)
Free Sparring
Questions

6th KUP. GREEN BELT

Name & grade position 1
Right leg back, middle guarding block - Side Kick, Knife-hand Strike
Backwards - 1st three moves from Won Hyo Tul
Forwards - Side Kick, Reverse Side Kick
Turn - same technique again
Forwards - Turning Kick, Snap Reverse Punch, Back to Guard
Backwards - Fixed Stance, Side Punch
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Pattern - Examiners Choice
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Pattern. Won Hyo
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3. Step Sparring (numbers 8 .10)
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3 . Step Semi-Free (Basic)
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Questions

7th KUP - GREEN TAG

Name & grade position 1
Stepping forwards, right leg - Walking Stance, Back fist Side Strike
Backwards - same technique
Forwards - Turning Kick, Knife-hand Guarding Block
Backwards - Walking Stance, Wedging Block
Forwards - Side Kick, Guarding Block
Backwards - Walking Stance, Straight Finger Thrust
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Pattern. Do San
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3. Step Sparring (numbers 5 - 7)
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Questions

8th KUP . YELLOW BELT

Name & grade position 1
Stepping forwards, left leg - L Stance, Twin Forearm Block
Backwards.. L Stance, Inwards Block
Forwards.. Front Kick, Double Punch
Backwards.. L Stance, Middle Guarding Block
Forwards.. Turning Kick, Middle Guarding Block
Backwards.. L Stance; Middle Guarding Block
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Pattern - Dan Gun
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3.. Step Sparring (numbers 1.. 4)
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Questions

9th KUP- YELLOW TAG

Name & grade position 1
Move to the left sitting stance - Double Punch, count 10
Change arms - Double Punch again, count 10
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Right leg back - Walking Ready Stance
ON THE SPOT - Front Kick; Walking Ready Stance
change legs, same again
Barrol - Charyot, Kyonye
Chunbi
Right leg forwards - Walking Stance, Double Punch
Backwards - L Stance, Middle Block
Forwards - Walking Stance, Low Block, Rising Block
Backwards - L Stance, Knife-hand Strike
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Pattern - Chon Ji
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Questions

10th KUP- WHITE BELT

Name & grade position 1
Press up ready position -10 Press Up's and counting
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Move to the left sitting stance - 10 Punches, counting out loud
Change arms - count 10 Punches again
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Left leg back Twin Block
Leg Rising Exercise - count 10 - change legs - count 10
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Left leg forwards - Walking Stance Middle Block
Backwards - Walking Stance Middle Block, Reverse Punch
Forwards - Walking Stance, Low Block Reverse Punch
Backwards - Same Technique
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Left arm up ready to punch -
4 Directional Punch Number 1 Low Block, both ways round
Number 2 Middle Block, both ways round