Black Belt Essays

Some do-jangs have testing black belts write essays for their promotion. For example, the topic might be set already, for example, ‘What Does A Black Belt Mean to You?’ or you might be able to choose your own topic. Depending on the do-jang and TKD style, you may write an essay at any or all or none of your degrees of black belt tests.

TIPS:

When writing an essay, make sure that you don’t rush it, or make it only one paragraph. Try to make your essay as good as you can possibly make it. Seriousness and making the essay come from the heart make it so much better, so make your essay from your personal opinion as well. Always use good grammer and spelling, too.

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Testing

Taekwon-Do tests are performed when you will try to earn your next belt grade. (See the BELT GRADES page)

For your test, one usually performs the below:

  • Pattern/Form
  • Board Breaking
  • Self-Defence/Step-Sparring/Releases/Ho Sin Sul
  • Required Knowledge test
  • Sparring

BLACK BELT ONLY:

  • Written test

Instructors normally only test color belts when they are sure to pass, but yes, it is possible to fail your test. If you do not pass your test, don’t worry: just practice hard and when you test again you will surely pass.

When one tests for any degree of black belt, the instructor will only allow those who are certain to pass to test. Black belt tests are more of a demonstration of your skill than an actual ‘test.’

TO TEST:

To test, one needs to have been to a certain number of classes. For example, in ITF-style Taekwon-Do, one needs to have been to at least 18 classes to obtain their yellow stripe. When you are testing for your black belt, rather than months you will have to wait years to earn higher degrees/dans. In ITF-style, you must wait 1 1/2 years being a 1st dan to obtain your 2nd dan, 3 years as a 2nd dan to earn your 3rd dan, 4 years as 3rd dan to earn your 4th dan, and so on.

Age requirements are sometimes required, for example in WTF you cannot get your 1st dan unless you are a certain age, and you will have a poom belt while you are waiting. In ITF-style there are also sometimes age requirements (for example, you cannot get your 2nd dan unless 14 or older, 3rd dan when 17 or older, ect.) but these are sometimes ignored if the testing student has proven themselves ready for their next degree of black belt.

PERFORMANCE:

For your test, you will perform all the things you are required to know for your belt grade. For example, as an ITF green belt you are required to have memorized and perform correctly the pattern Won-Hyo. Board breaking and self-defence vary between belts, and of course, vary between do-jangs, but the basic idea for a test is the same: perform what you learned at your current belt to earn your upcoming one.

TIPS:

Try not to be nervous! Sure, you may be scared that you won’t break that wooden board or won’t remember your Step-Sparring, but it will be okay. Your instructor thinks you have it in you to pass, so trust him/her and trust in your own abilities! Besides, if you’re nervous, you will do far worse than you would be if you were calm.

WHERE DO I FIND REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE?

Much of the required knowledge is here on BestTKD, or will be added here shortly. If you can’t find what you need here, go the the WEBSITES page on BestTKD and find a good information website, or look up the knowledge in an internet search. The best place, though, would be to look in The Enyclopedia of Taekwon-Do by General Choi Hong-Hi if you do ITF, GTF, ICTF, UITF, or simmilar. Also, your do-jang very likely offers a booklet about testing information, so ask your instructor or visit your training hall’s website.

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