Curriculum

The list below details the requirements for the first belt promotion test.  All students start as white belts / 10th gup and progress through 10 tests to black belt.  This journey typically takes 3 to 4 years to complete.

Yellow Stripe / 9th Gup Test Requirements

To advance to 9th gup the beginner student will be expected to learn the following:

kicks

  • front snap kick
  • push kick
  • roundhouse kick

punches and strikes

  • middle punch and high punch in horse-riding stance
  • jab and reverse punch in fighting stance
  • backfist to (attacker’s) temple

blocks and self-defense

  • low block
  • middle block (out to in and in to out)
  • high block
  • one-step sparring defense #1
  • release #1

stances and stepping

  • attention / char-yeot
  • ready / joon-bi
  • horse-riding stance
  • walking stance
  • front stance
  • fighting stance
  • switch
  • shift forward and backward
  • stomp fake

patterns

  • first six movements of pattern / taegeuk 1

terminology

The following terms will become familiar to the new student during the first six to eight weeks of classes.

KoreanEnglish
Char-yeotAttention
Kyung-reeBow
Joon-biReady
Ki-hapYell
Ha-naOne
DulTwo
SetThree
NetFour

fitness and flexibility
Students are asked to do some light running, perform pushups and situps, and demonstrate basic stretching and flexibility. This is more an assessment of attitude and effort than proficiency or condition. Students are expected to attempt whatever is asked of them and always strive to improve.

ethics
Beginner students are required to show respect for Cambridge Taekwondo Academy by:

  • bowing to instructors and when they enter the gym (dojang)
  • listening quietly when an instructor is speaking
  • making an honest effort to do what they are asked
  • being courteous and helpful to everyone.