Each grading requires the demonstration of having acquired new techniques and patterns (poomsae) but also a growing exigency as to the level of execution (speed, power, balance, accuracy) in the execution of all acquired techniques. Some more explanations below:
Poomsae : a new poomsae is required for each belt. It isn’t sufficient to be able to show the new poomsae’s pattern only. With each higher belt, we expect improvements in the candidate’s attitude, the amplitude, power and precision of movements, balance, rhythm and breathing must also improve
Kiriougui (sparring): you will have to participate in at least one sparring contest with or without protections. It isn’t important to win at a grading but your determination, strategic ability in deploying your varied techniques and knowledge of the rules of sparring must be demonstrated. You must be in possession of World Taekwondo approved protections (except chest protector and helmet which the Club can provide). Higher belts can be asked to spar against more than one opponent.
Hanbon Kiriougui (formalised sparring): with each new belt we expect a greater number and variety in yangon kiriougui techniques. As you acquire new techniques and greater speed and accuracy, these must also be on display in hanbon kiriougui. Unlike self-defence, stances and techniques must be accurate and well defined in formalised sparring.
Hoshinsul (self-defence): with each new belt a greater number of self-defence techniques is also required but unlike hanbon kiriougui, self-defence techniques should focus on quickly exiting a tough situation and not on the neat accuracy of techniques. Self-defence is usually practiced against one or more people grabbing the candidate.
Terminology : the Korean terms in Taekwondo are learnt gradually as we acquire new belts. Terminology covers stances, blocks, attacks with the hands or the feet. Candidates must understand the Korean terms and then execute them correctly. The higher the belt the more techniques can be combined.
Pad Work: In this exercise the candidate must demonstrate all authorised techniques in sparring against training pads held by another candidate. Duration is between 30 seconds and 1 minute only. Each candidate holds the pads and also demonstrates the techniques. Holding the pads requires and skill and concentration and both parts of the exercise are judged at the grading. The Pad Work must be fluid, quick and realistic.
Kiokpa: candidates must break between 1 and 3 plans of either wood or re-usable planks provided by the Club. Techniques must be delivered with force, precision, in a logical sequence… and the planks must break!
Note: to obtain the blue belt (4th Keup) or above, Il Gi Dojang requires each candidate to have participated at least once in their lives in one sparring competition AND one poomsae competition. This applies to children and to adults. Local contests (interclubs) will also be taken into account for this requirement but the participation must be recorded in the Mudopass.
In order to pass a grading, a candidate must obtain 66% of available points. The candidate will have to skip the following grading before being able to attempt a new grading
With a score of 75%, candidates will pass and are allowed to attend the following grading (if ready)
With 85% or above, candidates may be considered for a double grading but this is not automatic and is subject to approval by the grading Masters