Colchester Tae Kwon-Do

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Tae Kwon do Syllabus

White belt syllabus (10th Kup)

Theory: Meaning Of White Belt

White signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student, who has no previous knowledge of Tae Kwon-Do


  • Sitting stance - Single punch
  • Front rising kick exercise
  • 10 Press Ups
  • Sajo Jirugi (4 directional punching)
  • Walking Stance -
    Middle section punch (forwards & backwards)
  • Walking stance -
    Low block reverse punch (forwards & backwards)
  • Walking stance -
    Middle block reverse punch (forwards & backwards)

Yellow tag syllabus (9th Kup)

Theory: Meaning Of Yellow Belt

Yellow signifies the Earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root, as Tae Kwon-Do foundation is being laid


  • Sitting Stance – Double Punch
  • Walking Ready Stance - Front Kick
  • Walking Stance – Double Punch
  • L Stance – Middle Block
  • L Stance – Knifehand Strike
  • Walking Stance – Low Block / Rising Block
  • Pattern - Chon-Ji

Yellow belt syllabus (8th Kup)


  • L Stance – Twin Forearm Block
  • Walking Stance – Front Kick / Double Punch
  • L Stance - Inward Block
  • Turning Kick land Guarding Block
  • L Stance - Forearm Guarding Block
  • Pattern – Dan Gun
  • 3 Step Sparring – Numbers 1,2,3 & 4

Green Tag syllabus (7th Kup)

Theory:  Meaning Of Green Belt
Green signifies the plant's growth as Tae Kwon-Do skills begin to develop


  • Pattern - Do San
  • Walking Stance - Back Fist Side Strike
  • Turning Kick land Knife Hand Guarding Block
  • Walking Stance – Wedging Block
  • Side Kick land Guarding Block
  • Walking Stance - Straight Spear Finger Tip Thrust
  • 3 Step Sparring – Numbers 5, 6 & 7

Green Belt syllabus (6th Kup)


  • Combinations in line from Patterns (This is up to the examiner)
  • Pattern – Won Hyo
  • 3 Step Sparring - numbers 8, 9 & 10
  • Semi-free Sparring (basic level)

Blue Tag syllabus (5th Kup)

Theory: Meaning Of Blue Belt
Blue signifies the heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Tae Kwon-Do progresses


  • Combinations in line from Patterns
  • Pattern – of the students choice excluding Yul Gok
  • Pattern – set by the grading examiner
  • Pattern – Yul Gok
  • 2 Step Sparring – Numbers 1,2,3 & 4
  • Semi-free Sparring (intermediate)
  • Free Sparring

Blue belt Syllabus (4th Kup)

  • Pattern – of the students choice excluding Joong-Gun
  • Pattern – of the grading examiners choice
  • Pattern – Joong-Gun
  • 2 Step Sparring - Numbers 5,6,7 & 8
  • 3 Step Semi-Free Sparring (advanced)
  • Padwork
  • Free Sparring

Red Tag syllabus (3rd Kup)

Theory: Meaning Of Red Belt

Red signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.


  • Pattern - of students choice excluding Toi Gye
  • Pattern - of grading examiners choice
  • Pattern – Toi Gye
  • 3 Step Semi-free Sparring (advanced)
  • 1 Step Sparring (basic)
  • Padwork
  • Free Sparring

Red Belt syllabus (2nd Kup)


  • Combinations in line from Patterns
  • Patterns - of grading examiners choice
  • Pattern – Hwa-Rang3 Step Sparring
  • 2 Step Sparring
  • 1 Step Sparring (advanced)
  • Padwork
  • Free Sparring

Black Tag syllabus (1st Kup)


  • Combinations in line from Patterns
  • Colour belt pattern of your choice, excluding Choong Moo
  • Pattern - of grading examiners choice
  • Pattern – Choong Moo
  • 3 Step Sparring
  • 2 Step Sparring
  • 1 Step Sparring (advanced)
  • Free Sparring


Their are various types of sparing safety equipment is only needed when a student reaches 5th Kup or blue tag for grading purposes  which can be as long as twelve months but students are welcome to practice earlier if they wish.

The main two types of sparing that require safety equipment are point stop when a point is scored the match stops and is re started.

 Continuous sparing does not stop as points are recorded  constantly during a match this type of sparing is for senior grades only.In the class environment sparing is very relaxed with respect for all encouraged.

your skills can be tested at competition  if you are of a competitive nature where naturally the need to win creates a different environment.

Tae Kwon-Do is a martial art - a combat sport.

Although much of our training involves performing moves and techniques towards imaginary opponents, such exercises can only teach us so much. There comes a time when we need to demonstrate that we can put these carefully practiced techniques to effective use, should the need ever arise.

While we may have acquired the skill, power and dexterity to execute the moves properly, this is no guarantee that when we are faced with a real situation, we will be able to even hit an assailant, let alone stop them from causing us harm. This is because when we are punching or kicking fresh air, we make enormous assumptions about the distance the opponent is from us, how tall they are, which direction they might move in or how they might counteract our own attacks.

Sparring is a way of mutually practicing our fighting techniques with other students in a safe manner, so that we are better equipped and experienced in the event of facing a real enemy. Going up against an actual opponent takes Tae Kwon-do to a completely new level.

Through sparring, we learn to judge distance, to dodge, counter-attack and implement strategies which ensure we maintain an advantage over our assailant. We gain the experience of going up against people who are taller or shorter than us, who are stronger, faster, or more agile. These are all things that nobody can learn without practicing sparring.

In Tae Kwon-do, we use several kinds of sparring to help a student gain this experience in a safe, progressive way

The objective is not to kill, damage or even hurt the person we are sparring against - far from it! Because we are practising a martial art, it is essential that a student has proper respect, not only for the techniques they perform, but for the other person they are sparring with. Most of the attacking techniques we are taught in Tae Kwon-do are deadly, and as such should be performed against another human being only with the utmost control. That, in itself, is a skill that can only be learned through experience in sparring.