1st Kup – Red Belt – Black Tag

To the right you can find a pattern diagram(Click image to see larger version) showing all movements are their correct positioning and at the bottom of the page a  YouTube Video of Choong-Moo, the pattern, learned as part of the 1st Kup Syllabus.

Below is the Grading Syllabus for promotion from 1st Kup Red Belt, Black Tag to Black Belt, 1st Degree.

A Downloadable PDF version is available here for easy printing and to keep for your reference.

Theory, Theory for previous grades should also be revised.

Choong-Moo Tul (30 Movements): Choong-Moo is the pseudonym given to the great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin (Lee Dynasty). He is reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson) in 1592, said to be the precursor of the present day submarine.
The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potential, checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the King.

Diagram = I

Meaning of Black Belt: Black is the opposite of white, therefore signifying maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also signifies the wearers imperviousness to darkness and fear.

Black Belt Grading

The Black Belt Grading is the culmination of all you training in Taekwon Do so far. Therefore it is very important to revise all previous grading questions and terminology in addition to the 1st Kup Syllabus. Unlike previous grading there is also a written part to a black belt grading which must be completed before taking part in the physical grading. Please see your instructor for further details.
Whilst the structure of each Black Belt grading is set by the Guidelines laid out by the ITF the grading examiner will often tweak each particular grading making it unique. The information below is intended as rough outline of terminology and requirement for a Black Belt grading and should be studied along with all other grading Syllabus previously revised.

You may be asked to demonstrate attacks on a variety of pressure or vital points ( will range from high, middle, and low sections)

8 points to consider whist performing patterns:
– Pattern should begin and end at exactly the same spot
– Correct posture and facing must be maintained at all times
– Muscles of the body should be tensed or relaxed at the proper critical moments in the exercise.
– The exercise should be performed in a rhythmic movement with an absence of stiffness.
– Movements should be accelerated or decelerated according to the instructions in the book.
– Each pattern should be perfected before moving to the next.
– Students should know the purpose and meaning of each movement.
– Students should perform each movement with realism.

As with previous gradings you will carry out line work. Below are some examples of line work you may be required to carry out.
FWD Walking Stance – Low Block – Rising Block – Reverse Punch
BWD L Stance – Knife Hand Guarding Block – Walking Stance – Upper Elbow Strike
FWD Walking Stance – Front Kick – Turning Kick – Double Punch
BWD Walking Stance – Middle Double Forearm Block – L Stance – Low Double Forearm Block
FWD L Stance – Side Kick – Back Kick – Reverse Punch
BWD First 3 Movements of Won-Hyo
FWD L Stance – Turning Kick – Reverse Turning Kick – Front Hand Reverse Knife Hand – Reverse Punch
BWD First 2 Movements of Toi-Gye
FWD L Stance – Front Leg Hook Kick Side Kick Combination – Rear Leg Axe Kick
BWD Walking Stance – Double Hooking Block – Obverse Punch – L Stance – Twin Knife Hand Block
FWD L Stance – Knife Hand Guarding Block – Front Leg Front Kick – Flat Spear Finger Thrust
BWD Fixed Stance – U Shaped Block
FWD L Stance – Jumping Side Kick (Choong-Moo)
BWD Walking Stance – Wedging Block – L Stance – Knife Hand Strike
L Stance – Jumping Front Kick
FWD Low Stance – Pressing Block
BWD Walking Stance – X Fist Pressing Block – X Fist Rising Block

More information to follow.


Selection from the following kicking combinations:
• (Rear Leg) Front Kick, Turning Kick, Side Kick
• (Front Leg) Hooking Kick, (Rear Leg) Middle Twisting Kick
• (Front Leg) Outward Vertical Kick, Front Kick (Rear Leg) Mid Air Kick
• (Front Leg) Side Checking Kick, Side Kick (Rear Leg) Jumping Reverse Turning Kick
• (Front Leg) Downward Kick, (Rear Leg) Jumping Turning Kick (2 foot take off)
• (Front Leg) Inward Vertical Kick, (Rear Leg) Reverse Hooking Kick, Side Kick
• (Front Leg) Front Kick, Turning Kick, (Rear Leg) Reverse Turning Kick
• (Front Leg) Low Twisting Kick, (Rear Leg) 180o Jump Back Kick
• (Front Leg) Hooking Kick, (Rear Leg) Jump Front Kick
• (Front Leg)Side Kick, (One Foot Take Off) 360o Back Kick
• (Front Leg)Turning Kick, (Rear Leg) Reverse Turning Kick, Side Kick
• (Front Leg) Crescent Kick, (Rear Leg) Jumping Reverse Turning Kick

Choong-Moo(30 Movements)