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Black Belt Grading Criteria

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Black Belt Grading Criteria

Requirement                                                    Why?

  1. Must be invited to grade by your Instructor. – You must be demonstrating the will to achieve your grade and what it means to be a Black Belt
  2.  Must be training minimum twice a week. – You must be taking your training seriously
  3. Must be training in your own time to meet standard You must be taking your training seriously.
  4. Must have passed your club mock practical grading. – Your standard must be good to get to the Assoc. mock grading.
  5. Must have passed your club mock theory paper. –  Your standard must be good to get to the Assoc. mock grading.
  6. Must have attended and demonstrated competence at SBT’s. – You need to demonstrate competence before you grade and work on your development points.
  7.  Must have passed Assoc. mock theory and practical. –  Demonstrate continual improvement & dedication leading up to the grading.
  8.  Juniors must participate in Cadet and Leadership programme. –  Demonstrate maturity and growth as a Junior Black Belt
Black belt Destruction Criteria
Requirement – Pass must score 50 out of 100.

1 Side Kick (right and left leg – Score 15/10/5/0 – Total=30
2 Turning Kick (right and left leg) – Score 15/10/5/0 – Total=30
3 Reverse Kick (choice) – Score 15/10/5/0 – Total=15
4 Flying/Jumping Kick (choice) – Score 15/10/5/0 – Total=15
5 Hand Technique (choice) – Score 10/5/0 – Total=10

Each attempt to break lowers the scoring per section. i.e. if you break on second attempt on left side kick you score 10 points. Your choice of breaks will be recorded in consideration of the next Dan Grade.

Examiner may add further techniques at their discretion.
You MUST break with side/turning kick on favoured leg & one side/turning kick least favoured leg to pass grading

Destruction Training Advice

Kup – It is recommended that each student incrementally increases their training from 10th Kup by:

10th-8th – Side Kick (both legs) – Paddle Kicks in class and at home – Slow motion low height kicks

8th-6th – Turning Kick (both legs) – Paddle Kicks in class and at home – Slow motion low height kicks

6th-4th – Reverse Kicks (both legs) & Hand Techniques – Paddle Kicks in class and at home. Destruction practise in class. Slow motion to small target & leg strengths exercises

4th-2nd – All basic and reverse kicks & Hand Techniques – Paddle Kicks in class and at home. Destruction practise in class. Slow motion to small target & leg strengths exercises

2nd-1st – All Techniques – Paddle Kicks in class and at home. – Destruction practise in class. Slow motion to small target & leg strengths exercises

Top tip-using a small target to practise your kicks/techniques is key to breaking. Try using two pieces of electrical tape as a cross as the small target to practise your kicks. Go slow and low to start, then increase the height as you improve. Work on the control and accuracy required to improve your mental confidence.

Top tip-use leg strength exercises to increase your ability to hold your leg in the desired position. Start low and increase height of final position of side kick to start. Increase height and think about using light weights on your ankles as you improve. This will benefit your destruction and kicking technique.

Application Of Techniques Examples

Close
10th KUP - Four Directional Punch
  • Low block release from wrist grab.
  • Low block defence from bear hug.
9th KUP - Chon Ji Tul
  • Inner Forearm block, trap against grab single grab.
  • Inner Forearm block against grab, striking bicep as initial distraction before punch.
  • Low block reverse punch using reaction hand as grab.
8th KUP - Dan Gun Tul
  • KHGB against double grab.
  • TFGB as flinch and strike response.
  • Low Block, Rising Block to break and then strike.
7th KUP - Do San Tul
  • Outer Forearm block against swinging punch.
  • Wedging block against initial grab and strike.
  • Downwards block and fingertip thrust as throw.
6th KUP - Won Hyo Tul
  • Initial 3 movement combination, for close quarter application.
  • Side punch fixed stance as trip and lever to takedown.
  • Circular block as trapping technique against grab.
5th KUP - Yul Gok Tul
  • Use side kick and elbow against double grab.
  • Outer Forearm block and counter against weapon, using reaction hand to grab weapon arm.
  • Double Forearm block as hip throw.
4th KUP - Joong Gun Tul
  • Upwards Palm block against grab.
  • KHGB to elbow strike as release and counter technique.
  • Back fist Release and counter strike.
3rd KUP - Toi Gye Tul
  • Grab to knee kick as counter attack.
  • San Maki as tripping technique.
  • Circular Block to strike/grab and throw the leg.
2nd KUP - Hwa Rang Tul
  • Flinch response and upset punch counter close quarters.
  • Side kick at around knee height as release from grab and counter.
  • Release from grab using front side block and counter.
1st KUP - Choong Moo Tul
  • Flinch response and counter using stepping through to strike. (1-4).
  • Use reverse knife hand as take down technique.
  • Inward block as arm bar/destruction.

Suggested Sparring Drills

Close
10th KUP - Preferred side facing
  • Lead leg side kick x10
  • Lead leg turning kick x10
9th KUP - Non-preferred side facing
  • Lead leg side kick x10
  • Lead leg turning kick x10
8th KUP - Preferred side facing
  • Lead leg side kick, two hands
  • Lead leg side kick, back kick
7th KUP - Non-preferred side facing
  • Lead leg side kick, two hands
  • Lead leg side kick, back kick
6th KUP - Preferred side facing
  • Lead leg side kick, two hands, front leg axe
  • Lead leg side kick, back kick & two hands
5th KUP - Non-preferred side facing
  • Lead leg side kick, two hands, front leg axe
  • Lead leg side kick, back kick & two hands
4th KUP - Preferred side facing
  • Double lead leg side kick, two hands
  • Double lead leg turning kick, two hands
3rd KUP - Non-preferred side facing
  • Double lead leg side kick, two hands
  • Double lead leg turning kick, two hands
2nd KUP - Preferred side facing
  • Dodge back, jumping back kick
  • Parry turning kick, back kick counter
1st KUP - Non-preferred side facing
  • Dodge back, jumping back kick
  • Parry turning kick, back kick counter

Top tip-Where possible practise these on your own, on paddles and then with a partner as a drill.  Then try to incorporate into sparring.  Work on your preferred side first, then your weaker side.  Use weaker side in safe sparring environment to improve.