Promotion Requirements

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  1. 9th Gup: White Belt With Yellow Stripe
  2. 8th Gup: Yellow Belt
  3. 7th Gup: Yellow Belt With Green Stripe
  4. 6th Gup: Green Belt
  5. 5th Gup: Green Belt With Blue Stripe
  6. 4th Gup: Blue Belt
  7. 3rd Gup: Blue Belt With Red Stripe
  8. 2nd Gup: Red Belt
  9. 1st Gup: Red Belt With Black Stripe
  10. 1st Dan: Black Belt


Members under the age of 18, or any member with a physical disability, are not required to perform Kyuk Pha (Breaking), but may do so if they wish to.

Members under the age of 12 are not required to write an essay. They may be questioned on terminology and Tae Kwon Do History.


For Promotion From
10th Gup White Belt To
9th Gup White Belt With Yellow Stripe


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Chon-Ji".
  2. 3-Step Sparring (Sambo Dare Ee On).
  3. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  4. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  5. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 1" with any kick or hand technique.
  6. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do and ITA.
  7. Essay (Non Mun): 2-Pages.
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For Promotion From
9th Gup White Belt With Yellow Stripe To
8th Gup Yellow Belt


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Dan-Gun".
  2. 3-Step Sparring (Sambo Dare Ee On).
  3. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  4. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  5. Breaking (Kyuk Pha) : 1" with kick and 1" with knife-hand.
  6. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do and ITA.
  7. Essay (Non Mun): 2-Pages.
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For Promotion From
8th Gup Yellow Belt To
7th Gup Yellow With Green Stripe


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Do-San".
  2. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  3. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  4. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 2" with hand and 1" with kick.
  5. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do and ITA.
  6. Essay (Non Mun): 2-Pages.
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For Promotion From
7th Gup Yellow Belt With Green Stripe To
6th Gup Green Belt


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Won-Hyo".
  2. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  3. Free Sparring (Cha U Dare Ee On).
  4. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  5. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 2" with side kick and 2" with hand.
  6. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do and ITA.
  7. Essay (Non Mun): 2-Pages.
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For Promotion From
6th Gup Green Belt To
5th Gup Green Belt With Blue Stripe


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Yul-Gok".
  2. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  3. Free Sparring (Cha U Dare Ee On).
  4. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  5. Self-Defense Against Club attacks.
  6. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 2" with hand and 1" jump front kick.
  7. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do and ITA.
  8. Essay (Non Mun): 3-Pages.
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For Promotion From
5th Gup Green Belt With Blue Stripe To
4th Gup Blue Belt


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Joong-Gun"
  2. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  3. 2-Step Sparring (Eebo Dare Ee On).
  4. Free Sparring (Cha U Dare Ee On).
  5. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  6. Self-Defense Against Club attacks.
  7. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 2" punch and 1" turning kick.
  8. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do and ITA.
  9. Essay (Non Mun): 3-Pages.
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For Promotion From
4th Gup Blue Belt To
3rd Gup Blue Belt With Red Stripe


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Toi-Gye"
  2. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  3. 2-Step Sparring (Eebo Dare Ee On).
  4. Free Sparring (Cha U Dare Ee On).
  5. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  6. Self-Defense Against Club attacks.
  7. Self-Defense Against Knife attacks.
  8. Self-Defense Against Multiple Unarmed Opponents.
  9. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 2" with hand and 2" turning kick.
  10. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do and ITA.
  11. Essay (Non Mun): 3-Pages.
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For Promotion From
3rd Gup Blue Belt With Red Stripe To
2nd Gup Red Belt


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Hwa-Rang"
  2. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  3. Free Sparring (Cha U Dare Ee On).
  4. Multiple Free Sparring.
  5. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  6. Self-Defense Against Club attacks.
  7. Self-Defense Against Knife attacks.
  8. Self-Defense Against Multiple Unarmed Opponents.
  9. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 3" with any kick.
  10. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do and ITA.
  11. Essay (Non Mun): 4-Pages.
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For Promotion From
2nd Gup Red Belt To
1st Gup Red Belt With Black Stripe


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Choong-Moo"
  2. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  3. Free Sparring (Cha U Dare Ee On).
  4. Multiple Free Sparring.
  5. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  6. Self-Defense Against Club attacks.
  7. Self-Defense Against Knife attacks.
  8. Self-Defense Against Multiple Unarmed Opponents.
  9. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 3" with any kick, 3" with any hand.
  10. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do, ITA, Other Martial Arts.
  11. Essay (Non Mun): 4-Pages.
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For Promotion From
1st Gup Red Belt With Black Stripe To
1st Degree Black Belt


  1. Pattern (Hyung): "Kwang-Gae"
  2. 1-Step Sparring (Ilbo Dare Ee On).
  3. 2-Step Sparring (Eebo Dare Ee On).
  4. Free Sparring (Cha U Dare Ee On).
  5. Multiple Free Sparring.
  6. Self-Defense Against Holds.
  7. Self-Defense Against Club attacks.
  8. Self-Defense Against Knife attacks.
  9. Self-Defense Against Multiple Unarmed Opponents.
  10. Breaking (Kyuk Pha): 3" with any kick, 3" with any hand.
  11. History (Yok Sa): Tae Kwon Do, ITA, Other Martial Arts.
  12. Essay (Non Mun): 8-Pages.
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