Gradings


As you progress in Taekwondo, you will be invited to take a grading, in which you will be tested and awarded a belt to indicate your skill level. As you progress through the grades, you will learn new techniques and fresh applications of techniques you have already mastered.

Our gradings will test you on all aspects of what you have been taught - not just your favourite kicks, beware! :)

In exceptional circumstances, a student will 'double-grade', which means they will skip a belt. This is in recognition of particular skill and dedication, a double-grade comes with the expectation that the student will continue to train to the same high standard of concentration.

Students will only be put forward for grading when their teachers are confident they are at the required standard to merit the next grade. A rough guide of what is expected for each grade is listed below, however all students are different. Individual improvement and attitude are taken into account, as well as style and technical ability.

Click to expand the requirements section for each grade.

  • Yellow Tag and Yellow Belt

    Yellow tag - most of the below.
    Yellow belt - all of the below.

    Correct execution of the following techniques:
    Turning kick
    Chopping kick
    Back kick
    Above kicks in simple combos
    Punches in horseriding stance
    High block in both horseriding and long stances
    Low block in both horseriding and long stances
    Inner Forearm block in both horseriding and long stances

  • Green Tag and Green Belt

    Green tag - All of the requirements for Yellow Belt, plus most of the below.
    Green belt - All of the requirements for Yellow Belt, plus all of the below.

    Yellow belt techniques, showing good balance and targetting for kicks.
    Hopping while kicking
    Attempt hooking kick
    All blocks as above in combo with reverse punch

  • Blue Tag and Blue Belt

    Blue Tag - All of the requirements for green belt, plus most of the below.
    Blue Belt - All of the requirements for Green belt, plus all of the below.

    Reliably good Hooking kick (on target, well balanced) on at least one leg
    Side kick
    Single and Double Knife-Hand blocks with Back Stance

  • Red Tag and Red Belt

    Red Tag - All of the requirements for Blue Belt, plus most of the below.
    Red Belt - All of the requirements for Blue Belt, plus all of the below.

    Good hooking kick on both legs
    Double side kick on both legs
    Hooking kicks in combo with other kicks
    Back stance blocks and long stance punch combos

  • Black Tag

    All of the requirements for Red Belt, plus all of the below.
    Demonstrated dedication to training
    Tornado kick
    Triple side kicks

  • 1st Poom / 1st Dan

    Before being considered for a black belt grading, a student must be able to demonstrate all of the techniques listed above to a high standard.
    AT LEAST 6 months training twice a week since black tag grading. At least one year if training once a week.
    Demonstrating an understanding of the 5 tenets of taekwondo and applying it in training

    Students under the age of 15 will be awarded a junior Poom grade (black belt with a red stripe). When they are 15 they will be invited to take an additional grading to convert their grade to an adult Dan grade. There will be a nominal fee (to cover the cost of the new belt) and it will take place at the same time as other Poom/Dan gradings.

    Poom grades are expected to start to take on some of the responsibilities associated with a Dan grade in preparation for gaining an adult black belt, (eg assisting in class with lining students up, contributing to teaching by demonstrating techniques, showing a good example to junior grades.)


Belts

There are ten coloured belts (their order below), then nine black belts.

Grade Colour
10th Kup White Belt
9th Kup Yellow Tag
8th Kup Yellow Belt
7th Kup Green Tag
6th Kup Green Belt
5th Kup Blue Tag
4th Kup Blue Belt
3rd Kup Red Tag
2nd Kup Red Belt
1st Kup Black Tag
1st Dan Black Belt
2nd Dan Black Belt
3rd Dan Black Belt
4th Dan Black Belt
5th Dan Black Belt
6th Dan Black Belt
7th Dan Black Belt
8th Dan Black Belt
9th Dan Black Belt

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