Regular grading is important not only to assess your progress but to give you a sense of achievement. As a coloured belt (Kup grade) you will be eligible to grade roughly every 3 months.
Taekwondo consists of 10 ‘kup’ (colour belt) grades and 10 ‘dan’ (Black Belt) levels:
The progression for coloured belts is as follows:
- White Belt (10th kup)
- White-Yellow tag (9th kup)
- Yellow Belt (8th kup)
- Yellow-Green tag (7th kup)
- Green Belt (6th kup)
- Green-Blue tag (5th kup)
- Blue Belt (4th kup)
- Blue-Red tag (3rd kup)
- Red Belt (2nd kup)
- Red-Black tag (1st kup)
The Black Belt grade is divided into 10 ‘dans’. At 5th dan and above, black belts are eligible to become an International Master Instructor and Examiner.
You must show that you deserve to grade as well as being ready. It is our policy to allow you to grade if the panel feels you are capable of passing. If you have a less than 80% attendance or we simply feel you haven’t reached the standard necessary your grading will be postponed. There is no point putting you through the stress and cost of grading for you to fail. This applies especially to Dan grades. The time span between Dan grades varies depending on your current grade.
Grading will build your confidence, help you with other exams and tests, show you just how much you are truly capable of. You get a sense of accomplishment with each new grade along with your formal certificate and of course a brand new belt where applicable.
The main objectives of Taekwondo are to prepare you mentally and physically to cope with any problem/situation you may come across, to increase your level of fitness, co-ordination and self control and to help promote the Art and sport of Taekwondo in order to benefit the community.
Taekwondo also has a great effect on children helping their growth and development. It is designed to develop control of all parts of the body and aid in flexibility in all joints. It also helps to relieve fatigue and stress, increased by modern day living!