TESTING & RANK PROMOTION

We at the Madison Tae Kwon Do School understand each student progresses at his or her own rate of achievement. We are dedicated to the quality education of each student, and we do not pressure a student into testing when they are not ready. Nor do we socially promote. A student must be ready in both form and bearing before s/he is eligible for promotion.

When a student is comfortable with his or her forms, reaches their minimum required attendance, and is approved for testing by an instructor, they are ready for examination for their next level. Students will take a physical exam at every rank increase that includes both forms and sparring. In addition, when a student reaches a new belt color they are also required to take a written (or oral) quiz encompassing the new rules and regulations associated with the rank they are testing for.

(Please note: Once a student has attained the rank of 10 Kup White, they are registered with the National Tae Kwon Do Association and are required to pay an annual membership due to maintain their standing within the Association.)

Written Exam Study Guides:

All written exam study information can be found on this website, but hard copies are also available for those with limited internet access.

Students progressing from no-belt through white belt are not required to take any exams.

Yellow Belt: Students testing for their first yellow belt should have a good understanding of the History of Tae Kwon Do (including the five point code of Hwa Rang Do), as well as the various Tae Kwon Do Terms.

Green Belt: Students testing for their first green belt should have a good understanding of the Rules & Regulations.

Purple Belt: Students testing for their first purple belt should have a good understanding of the General Rules For Class.

Brown Belt: Students testing for their first brown belt should have a good understanding of the Promotional Requirements.

Black Belt: Students testing for their first and subsequent black belts should read and understand Promotional Requirements, sections III. (Qualifications for Black Belt Exams) through section XI. (Announcements of Examination Results).


Ranking:

Students begin classes as “no belts”. They then test through a series of “Kups” (levels) until they reach the rank of black belt. Each colored belt has two levels (except for black which has nine): No belt, 10 - 9 Kup White, 8 - 7 Kup Yellow, 6 - 5 Kup Green, 4 - 3 Kup Purple, 2 - 1 Kup Brown. Numerical order begins at 10 (lowest rank) and ends at 1 (highest rank).

Once a student become a black belt, the Kups are replaced by Dans (degrees), and ranking progresses the opposite, with 1 being the lowest and 9 being the highest.

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