Testing requirements for promotion to 1st Dan Black Belt:
to preparing for the 1st Dan Black Belt testing, intensive preparation is required to complete the step of learning the material
taught at 1st Geup High Red Belt. This includes being prepared to complete the
A demonstration of basic physical proficiency and understanding of the pattern Chung-Mu, as well as a demonstration that the knowledge and physical proficiency of all patterns, and pattern exercises
learned at previous belt ranks has been maintained.
A demonstration of basic physical proficiency and understanding of Continuous Semi-Free
Sparring, and Prearranged Step-Sparring, as well as a demonstration that the knowledge and physical proficiency of No-Contact
Free Sparring and all step-sparring formats learned at previous belt ranks has been maintained.
A demonstration of basic physical proficiency and understanding
of the following kicks with both the left and right leg;
Flying Side Pushing Kick
Flying Side Thrusting Kick
Flying 360o Reverse Hook Kick (offensive)
Flying Twin Foot High Kick - 2 targets
Flying Twin Foot Turning Kick - 1 target
Flying Twin Foot Side Turning Kick - 1 target
Mid-Air 180o Reverse Crescent Kick
Four Consecutive Kicks (different kicks - different targets and/or directions)
as well as a demonstration that the knowledge and physical proficiency of all kicks learned at previous
belt ranks has been maintained.
A demonstration of basic physical proficiency and understanding of the
Walking Stance high Front Strike with the Knifehand
(obverse - inward)
Walking Stance high Front Strike with the Reverse Knifehand (reverse - inward)
Walking Stance Upward Block with a Twin Palm
Sitting Stance middle Front Block with the Outer
Sitting Stance high Side Strike with the Backfist
L-Stance middle Checking Block with the X-Knifehand
completion these preparation steps, preparation for 1st Dan Black Belt testing will begin.
This includes the expectations for the Chang Hon Kwan Taekwon-Do class as follows:
Active workouts in approximately 7-8 classes/month for at least 9 months at a 1st Geup High Red Belt level;
Active workouts in approximately 17 classes in the two months just prior to the next
Students work out on their own outside of class
on an average of five hours/week during this time.
Passing the 1st Dan Written Test at least two weeks prior to testing. This test will cover the required knowledge learned at all previous belt ranks as well as the following
1st Dan knowledge requirements;
The pattern history, pattern diagram, and number of movements for pattern Chung-Mu
The meaning of the color of Black Belt
The eight parts of the Training Secrets of Taekwon-Do
Counting from one to ten in Sino-Korean
history of the art of Taekwon-Do
A demonstration of basic physical proficiency and understanding of the Ho-Sin-Sul
(Self Defense) technique of a;
Shoulder roll to the right and left sides over a waist-high barrier - coming up in both a kneeling
position and with a break fall
as well as a demonstration that the knowledge and physical
proficiency of all Ho-Sin-Sul techniques learned at previous belt ranks has been maintained.
The demonstration of a Ho-Sin-Sul routine (with the assistance of several Black Belts in refining its presentation). This routine will consist of ten specified defensive techniques, with a focus on throwing,
joint-locking, pressure points, and take-downs, not on punching and kicking. It
will be restricted to two minutes in length. Specified attacks in any order are:
1. Punch with the forefist
2. Inward Strike with the Reverse Knifehand
3. Side Strike with the Backfist
4. Two-handed grab to the lapels
5. Single grab from behind (not a choke)
6. Straight or cross grab to the arm or wrist
7. Side Front Kick
8. Back Piercing Kick
9. Turning Kick
10. Choke with the hands from behind
A 250 word report is required on the relationship between (meaning how does one contribute, or benefit
the other) the 9 points to be observed while performing patterns, found on this web page.
A demonstration of basic
physical proficiency and understanding of both power and technique breaks on 1" pine boards and concrete tiles. These will include
several specific hand and foot technique breaking requirements for 1st Dan Black Belt, as well as some from previous rank level breaking requirements. Breaks
will be selected by the testing candidate and/or specified by the test board.
A sign-off is required by two knowledgeable
Black Belts on the following:
A sign-off for each of the nine patterns you have learned in Taekwon-Do, starting
with Cheon-Ji and ending with Chung-Mu; (Sign-offs must be obtained in order and can have no more than two being worked at
any one time.)
A sign-off for each of the step-sparring formats learned during your Taekwon-Do career;
A sign-off for each
of the kicks (both right and left leg) learned during your Taekwon-Do career
Tournament competition in both Patterns and Sparring in at least one tournament during
this testing cycle is required.
Participate in 20 hours of community service type activities during this testing cycle.
The community service activities can include those hours donated over the last year.
The actual requirements AT testing for 1st Dan Black Belt will consist of a physical test and an oral examination. The physical test will consist of a demonstration of the pattern Chung-Mu, as well as random elements of Taekwon-Do selected by
the test board. These random elements will be selected to include requirements learned at this level (listed above), as well as some elements from previous belt rank testings. The oral examination will consist of random questions covering required
knowledge learned at this and all previous belt ranks.
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