Testing Requirements

Rank Video’s & Information

10th Gup (grade) White Belt

White Belt represents “purity”; student has no knowledge of Taekwondo.

Student Oath:

I shall observe the tenets of Taekwondo.

I shall respect instructors and seniors.

I shall never misuse Taekwondo.

I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.

I shall build a more peaceful world.

Tenets of Taekwondo:

Courtesy – Integrity – Perseverance – Self-Control – Indomitable Spirit 

Counting in Korean:

1=hana  2=dool  3=set  4=net  5=tasut  6=yasut  7=ilgop  8=yadul  9=ahup  10=yul

Saju Jirugi = Saju #1
Saju Magki = Saju #2

  9th Gup White Belt

White Belt Form: Chun-Gee 19 Moves

Chun-Gee literally means “The Heaven the Earth.” It is, in the Orient, interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history, therefore, it is the initial pattern learned by the beginner. This pattern consists of two similar parts; one represents the Heaven and one represents the Earth.

  8th Gup Yellow Belt

Yellow Belt represents a seedling which is beginning to see the light. 

Yellow Belt Form: Dan-Gun 21 Moves

This form is named after Dan-Gun, the legendary founder of Korea in 2333 B.C.

  7th Gup Yellow Belt

Yellow Belt Form: Do-San 24 Moves

Do-San is the pseudonym of the patriot Ahn-Chang-Ho (1876-1938). The 24 moves represent his entire life, which he devoted to furthering the education of Korea and its independence movement.

To-San Tul

  6th Gup Green Belt

Represents a plant which is beginning to grow. 

Green Belt Form: Won-Hyo 28 Moves

Won-Hyo was the monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in 686 A.D.


  5th Gup Green Belt

Green Belt Form: Yul-Gok 38 Moves

Yul-Gok is the pseudonym of a great philosopher and scholar, Yi I (1536-1584), nicknamed the “Confucius of Korea.” The 38 moves refer to his birthplace on the 38� latitude and the diagram (+) represents “scholar.”


4th Gup Blue Belt

Blue Belt represents a plant as it reaches for the sky.

Training Secrets of Taekwondo:

  1. Study the theory of power thoroughly.

  2. Understand the purpose and meaning of each movement clearly.

  3. Bring the movement of eyes, hands, feet, and breath into a single coordinated action.

  4. Choose the appropriate attack for each vital spot.

  5. Become familiar with the correct angle and distance for attack and defense.

  6. Keep both the arms and legs bent slightly while the movement is in motion.

Blue Belt Form: Choong-Gun 32 Moves

This form is named after the patriot Ahn Choong-Gun, who assassinated Hiro-Bumi Ito, the first Japanese Governor-General of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger. The 32 moves represent Mr. Ahn’s age when he was executed at Lui-Shung prison in 1910.


3rd Gup Blue Belt

Blue Belt Form: Toi-Gye 37 Moves

Toi-Gye is the pen name of the noted scholar Yi Hwang (16th century), an authority on neo-Confucianism. The 37 moves refer to his birthplace on the 37� latitude, and the diagram (+) represents “scholar.”


2nd Gup Red Belt

Red Belt represents “danger”; student has technique but lacks control.

The 9 points to be observed while performing forms:

  1. Accuracy – each pattern should begin and end on the same spot.

  2. Correct posture and facing should be maintained at all times.

  3. The muscles of the body should be tensed and relaxed at the proper moments.

  4. A form should be performed in rhythmic movements with an absence of stiffness.

  5. Moves should be accelerated and decelerated according to the instructions.

  6. Each pattern should be perfected before going on to the next.

  7. Students should know the purpose of each movement.

  8. Students should perform each move with realism.

  9. Attack and defense techniques should be equally distributed among the left and right hands and feet.

Red Belt Form: Hwa-Rang 29 Moves

This form is named after the Hwa-Rang youth group which originated in the Silla Dynasty in the early 7th century. The 29 moves refer to the 29th Infantry Division, where Taekwondo developed into maturity. The world “Hwa-Rang” literally means “Flowering Youth.”


1st Gup Red Belt

Red Belt Form: Choong-Moo 30 Moves

Choong-Moo was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Soon Sin of the Yi Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armored battleship (the Kobukson) in 1592, which is 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 before he was able to realize his full potential.


1st Dan (recommended) Black Belt

Black Belt represents a combination of all the colors.

Black Belt Form: Kwang-Gae 39 Moves

This form is named after the famous Kwang-Gae-Toh-Wang, the 19th King of the Koguryo Dynasty, who regained all the lost territories, including the greater part of Manchuria. The diagram (+) represents the expansion and recovery of lost territory. The 39 moves refer to the first two figures of 391 A.D., the year he came to the throne.

1st Dan Black Belt – Decided

Black Belt Form: Po-Eun 36 Moves

Po-Eun is the pseudonym of a loyal subject Chong Mong-Chu (1400), who was a famous poet and whose poem “I would not serve a second master though I might be crucified a hundred times” is known to every Korean. He was also a pioneer in the field of physics. The diagram (-) represents his unerring loyalty to the king and country towards the end of the Koryo Dynasty.

Black Belt Form: Gae-Baek 44 Moves

This form is named after Gae-Baek, a great general in the Baek Je Dynasty (660 A.D.) The diagram (|) represents his indomitable spirit, displayed while dedicating himself to the prosperity of his nation.


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