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.

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.

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 at Mountsorrel. (ask Instructor for details).

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.


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


Pattern - Students Choice

Pattern -Examiners Choice

Grade Pattern - Yul Gok

2 - Step Sparring - (numbers 1- 4)

3 - Step Semi-Free Sparring (Intermediate)

Free Sparring



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


Pattern - Examiners Choice


Pattern. Won Hyo


3. Step Sparring (numbers 8 .10)


3 . Step Semi-Free (Basic)




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


Pattern. Do San


3. Step Sparring (numbers 5 - 7)




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


Pattern - Dan Gun


3.. Step Sparring (numbers 1.. 4)




Name & grade position 1

Move to the left sitting stance - Double Punch, count 10
Change arms - Double Punch again, count 10


Right leg back - Walking Ready Stance
ON THE SPOT - Front Kick; Walking Ready Stance
change legs, same again

Barrol - Charyot, Kyonye


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


Pattern - Chon Ji




Name & grade position 1

Press up ready position -10 Press Up's and counting


Move to the left sitting stance - 10 Punches, counting out loud
Change arms - count 10 Punches again


Left leg back Twin Block
Leg Rising Exercise - count 10 - change legs - count 10


Left leg forwards - Walking Stance Middle Block
Backwards - Walking Stance Middle Block, Reverse Punch
Forwards - Walking Stance, Low Block Reverse Punch
Backwards - Same Technique


Left arm up ready to punch -
4 Directional Punch Number 1 Low Block, both ways round
Number 2 Middle Block, both ways round


Grading Revision Questionnaire For Blue Belts & Above

Who is the Founder of Tae Kwon-Do?
General Choi Hong Hi, 9th Degree Black Belt began the art of Too Kwon Do on 11th April, 1955, in South Korea.

Who brought Tae Kwon-Do into England and when?

What does the 'BT.C.' stand for and when was it formed ?

When was the 'TAGB' founded ?

When was 'Tae Kwon-Do International' formed and why?

Name the following members of the 'T.AG.B ':
National Secretary
Vice Chairman
England Coach

Name 10 committee meri1bers of the 'T.AG.B'

What does the 'T.AG.B' stand for?

Why was the 'RT.C.' formed ?

Do you know what the Kokkiwon is?
'W.T.F.' Headquarters in South Korea.

'Guburyo Sogi' (bending ready stance) is used for what?
Preparation for side kick

In our patterns we have 3 different jumps. Exp1ain what you are doing in each one and name the patterns.

'Guburyo Sogi' is done in which patterns?

What part of the forearm do we use for 'X' fist block '!

Name the Korean term for Hand Parts

Name the Korean term for Foot Parts

Name the Korean term for 'Head'

Name all the stances that you know - giving the Korean terms as well.

Name all the kicks that you know - giving the Korean terms as 'well.

Name all techniques we use 'Sonbadak' for, and their Korean terms
1. Upwards palm heel
2. Palm heel strike
3. Inwards palm heel
4. Pushing palm block
5. Pressing block
6. Double palm heel block ..
7 Hooking block

Name 7 different techniques we use Palkup for.

In which Infantry Division did General Choi Hong Hi serve?
29th Infantry Division (refer to pattern - 'Haw Rang' )

In which Infantry Division did Master Rhee Ki Ha learn Tae Kwon-Do ?
35th Infantry Division

Who is Master Rhee Ki Ha ?

Why do Tae Kwon-Do practitioners do a 'break test'?

To demonstrate the practitioners' ability to achieve power.

Whilst performing patterns, what important considerations should be observed ?
You should start and finish on the same spot.
The pattern should be performed with realism.
You should be tensed and relaxed at the correct moments in the pattern.

If there was a sixth tenet what would it be and why?

Why do we have a license?

When we perform a pattern. why should we finish on the same spot that we started on ?

If you pass your black belt, how would this help your Instructor?

What's the difference between a red belt & a black belt?

What's the difference between 3-Step & 2-Step ?

What's the difference between 2-Step & 1 -Step?

Name all our 'set sparring' in Korean.
Semi-free sparring
3-Step semi free

If you were an Instructor; what would you tell your students about the TAGB?

As a black belt, how do you think you should help and support your Instructor?

Why do you want to be a black belt?

What is the difference between a 1st Dan & a 2nd Dan ?

What does 'I.T.F.', 'W.T.F.' & 'T.I.' stand for ?
'International Tae Kwon-Do Federation'
'World Tae Kwon-Do Federation'
'Tae Kwon-Do International'

Name the three ancient Kingdoms of Korea.
'Silla Dynasty' 'Baek Je Dynasty' 'Koguryo Dynasty'

What is the main purpose of '1 Step' sparring ?
Improving reactions.

Name three middle section targets.
Solar Plexus, floating Ribs, Kidneys, Abdomen, Armpit

Name the kicks that you use 'Ap kumchi' for.

What ancient art does Tae Kwon-Do gain its roots from?

What is the difference between a 'strike' and a 'thrust' '?
A 'strike' aims to break bones and damage muscles.
A 'thrust' is meant to pierce the surface to hit the vital target.

What do the following words mean '?

What is General Choi Hong Hi's pseudonym ?
Ch'ang-Hon or 'Blue Cottage'

What was the name given to the ancient group of noble warriors where the seed of Tae Kwon-Do was sown?
The 'Hwa Rang' - 'flowering youth' or 'Way of flowering man-hood'.

Vertical Stance measures: 1 shoulders width apart from the toes of the front foot to the heel of the back foot.

Name techniques where the 'Dwitchook' is used ?

Explain how to do a 'side kick' without performing it.

Name all" kicks where we use the 'balkal' (footsword)

Name all the parts of the foot that we use for a turning kick

Name coloured belt patterns where you use a 'release movement'

When performing 'doo palmok makgi' ( double forearm block) - what is the opposite arm there for?
1. To re-inforce the block
2. Guarding the solar plexus
3. Ready to produce low block

How do you create power in a side kick?

What else do the 38 movements in 'Yul Gok' represent?
The 38th Degree Latitude is the dividing line between North & South Korea.

What does the black trim around the black belt dobuk represent?
The colours of the Korean Royal Family.

What have you gained from studying Tae K won-do?

How has Tae Kwon-do helped you outside of the training hall?

Explain the application of a 'thrust' and a 'strike' - i.e. different way they are performed.

Why is 'Sajo Jirugi' not a Pattern ?

Why does the student perform 'Sajo Jirugi' ?

Why do we learn the meanings of our Patterns ?


1. Meaning of Patterns.
2. Which of the 5 tenets do you think you have achieved and why.
3. Name for techniques.
4. Hand and arm parts in English/Korean.
5. History of TKD.
6. What are Doo Palmok, Sang Bakat Palmok, and Chookyo in English?
7. What is the difference between L and fixed stance and their names in Korean?
8. What is the purpose of stances?
9. What are the three main items learned in 3 step that is not used in line work.
10. If you could add another tenet in TKD what would it be?
11. Why do you learn the meaning of patterns?
12. What are the vital spots of the body middle section?
13. What are the vital spots of the body high section?
14. Name for training hall, Uniform, Belt, and Instructor.
15. What is 3 step, 2 step, 1 step, semi-free, and free sparring called?
16. What part of the foot is used in front kick, turning kick, side kick, and reverse turning kick?
17. What do various belt colours signify?
18. Baldung and Dwitkumchi in English.
19. What qualities would you be looking for in a black belt?
20. What qualities would you be looking. for in an Instructor, what are the attributes of your Instructor.
21. What is the difference between TAGB TKD and WTF TKD, physical and political?
22. What are the five tenets of TKD? Define them.
23. What is the difference between side, front and back elbow.
24. How many patterns up to Choong-Moo contain the stance Guburyo sogi.
25. How do you generate power?
26. What are the benefits of the TAGB?
27. What is the Korean terminology for bow, start and stop?
28. How would you describe your achievements up to this point in your training?
29. Why are students taught to shout (Ki-Hap) and what is the benefit.
30. What is a pattern?
31. What is the purpose of the jump in Yul-Gok, Toi-Gye and Choong Moo pattern?
32. How would you describe the TAGB to someone wishing to join?
33. What is twist kick called and what are the three target areas?
34. What is the difference between a thrust and a strike?
35. What do you learn from 1step?
36, Name all the different types of punching you know and describe the differences.
37. What is gained by practising semi - free sparring?
38. Explain how the tenets relate to everyday life.
39. In general, how do you think the law views self defence if you are attacked.