Requirements – Taekwon-Do Curriculum

Each cycle is a testing cycle. Each cycle has three stripes that the student tests for during class. We don’t charge for in class stripe tests – it’s informal and sometimes students don’t get their stripe on first try.

I’m not going to list everything out but you should be able to get the gist.

Beginner Rotation has four cycles and uses a new pattern per cycle.  This group of students will be wearing a white, yellow, orange belt, or green belt.  Stripes awarded in class are:
1 – Basics (hand techniques & kicks)
2 – Pattern name, pattern meaning, and pattern
3 – One steps & self defense

Intermediate Rotation has four cycles and uses  a new pattern per cycle.   They start sparring at this level.  This group of students will be wearing a blue or purple belt.  Stripes awarded in class are:
1 – Basics (hand techniques & kicks)
2 – Pattern name, pattern meaning, and pattern
3 – One steps, self defense, & beginner group pattern review.

Advanced  Rotation has four cycles and uses two patterns that rotate twice along with requiring refresher on intermediate pattern (whatever intermediates are doing this testing cycle, the advanced will be responsible for on their third stripe).  They start spontaneous self defense and board breaks at this level.  This group of students will be wearing a brown or red belt.  Stripes awarded in class are:
1 – Basics (hand techniques & kicks)
2 – Pattern name, pattern meaning, and pattern
3 – One steps, self defense, & intermediate group pattern review.

That is the basic layout.

Classes are set up:
Mini Martials (4-6 year olds)
Junior Beginner
Junior Intermediate
Junior Advanced
Pattern Review Class (For black belts and probationary black belts)
Teen/Adult Taekwon-Do
Adult Hapkido

For Juniors, everyone lines up and the class is taught in one unit. Very efficient for both the instructor and the students. Previously, we taught three forms during each junior class and up to twelve forms for adult class. What happened was each student would get very little actual instruction time. Now, juniors essentially get the entire class and adults more time. For adults, we’ll typically do line drill warm ups, stretch, work out, stretch, and then break out for curriculum. For adult classes, we have four rings that are 16.7’x16.7’ (about 5 meters) whereas we typically put each group in a ring with black belts in their own ring. The front two rings get black belts and advanced with back two rings getting intermediate and beginner. This is so a new person walks in and they see the more advanced students.

This curriculum delivery method allows us to give more time to the students.  Testing goes much quicker and the students look better – every testing cycle, students get more curriculum time and instructors aren’t so wore out…everyone wins.

It is critical to read over proper execution of patterns.