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Getting to Black Belt

Sunday 25th June 2017

Please see grading times and map of venue below:

Grading Times
Map - Rosetta Taekwondo Map

For the beginner it may seem there is a long and difficult path to black belt.  It takes a minimum of 3½ years for an adult to reach 1st Dan Black Belt.  With children this may take longer.  You can only become a black belt after you are 15 years old.  Until then you wear a red and black belt to show you are a junior black belt (poom).  The majority of adult students take 4 years or more.  When 1st Dan black belt has been reached it takes 2 years to go for 2nd Dan, 3 years for 3rd Dan, etc.  The highest is 9th Dan in the UK..

The grading is based on a training syllabus where new techniques and tactics are introduced at regular intervals, so the student is constantly learning as series of more difficult techniques.

The beginner contends with a selection of basic techniques over the first 3 months, training twice per week.  If you can only make one class per week you may be expected to wait 6 months before grading.  But do not worry as a child they have loads of time to do gradings so it is not a race to do your next grading.  Obviously the more you train the faster you will progress. At the end of that time you will be assessed in a ‘Association Grading’ where all the clubs to be graded by a panel of examiner.  This examination which will promote you to the next level if you have reached the specified level.

Students should never expect to receive a grading.  Prior hard work in the training hall (dojang) is the only sure way of gaining a good level to pass the assessment.  Make sure your level of fitness is sufficient to perform well in the grading!  Your grading will be an Association grading with you having the opportunity to grade with people from the other clubs.  You will be grouped according to your grade, age, and weight/height.

Peewees 4 -6, Children: 7-11, Cadet: 12 – 14 years, Junior: 15-17 years, Adult: 18 years +

Making sure your technique is correct and strong is tested in gradings by breaking wood.  Children use special breakable plastic boards so that they do not hurt their growing bones.

Separate Children gradings are organised. These are intended to be more relaxed for the children because we know how nerve racking all gradings are for everyone.  Basically the same syllabus as for adults is used so the child does not have to re-sit a grading when he gets older.  Children/Cadets do not get taught ‘dangerous’ techniques in Honsinsul as they are too young to fully understand the fatal consequences of some of the techniques in the syllabus, and special ‘breaking’ boards for children are used.

Each grading topic gets scored out of 10 by a grading panel, these are totalled and averaged to give an award of either A. O. L or F.  ‘A’ means you have shown an advanced standard; ‘O’ means an ordinary or acceptable standard has been reached; ‘L’ means a low or below average standard, meaning you must wait 6 months before grading again; and ‘F’ means you remain at your current grade and re-sit the grading at the next organised grading in 3 months.  The decision of the grading panel is final.   
 You will receive a certificate, your Grading Booklet will be signed, a copy of your next syllabus and a belt to show your new grade. For students going for Black belt grades they will be graded by our Korean master, Master TW Shin 9th Dan who is the highest Master in the British Isles in a venue in Great Britain.

The following table gives the grade structure in Taekwondo and the meaning of the coloured belts:

10th kup   White belt

White – Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo

9th kup    Yellow Stripe belt

8th kup  Yellow Belt
Yellow – signifies earth., from which a plant sprouts and takes root as a Taekwondo foundation is being laid.

7th kup   Green Stripe Belt

6th kup   Green belt
Green – signifies the plant's growth as the Taekwondo skill begins to develop.

5th kup   Blue Stripe Belt

4th kup   Blue belt
Blue - signifies the heaven toward which the plant matures into a towering tree as Taekwondo training progresses.

3rd kup   Red Stripe Belt

2nd kup   Red belt
Red – signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.

1st kup   Black Stripe Belt

1st Dan   Black belt (15+years),  Black and Red Stripe Belt (<15 years)
Black – signifies the maturity and proficient in Taekwondo, also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.

White belts (10th kup) may be excused from wearing a Taekwondo suit to keep joining costs down. They should however endeavour to wear a plain, preferably white, tee shirt and jog bottoms.  All other grades shall wear a suit.  Taekwondo suits must be washed and ironed with only approved badges. The belt must be properly tied. Only females may wear a T-shirt under their uniform that must be white in colour.
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