By developing an upright mind and a strong body, we will acquire the self-confidence to stand on the side of justice at all times. Major General Choi Hong Hi (Founder of Taekwon-Do)

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Please use the above menu to view the curriculum for the other black belt levels

What is Taekwon-Do all about

Firstly, congratulations on achieving First Degree Black Belt. You are one of a small group of people around the globe that have achieved this level, so well done! The journey as a student in Taekwon-Do, however is neverending. Even Grandmasters always see themselves as students.

As a First Degree you now have 18 months until becoming eligible to grade for 2nd Degree. There are 3 new patterns to learn. You should also take this opportunity to practice more teaching and develop your skills.

Remember, that as a Black Belt other students perceive you as a role model, so how you act in and outside of class is very important.


Grading Patterns - Kwang-Gae | Ge-Baek | Po-Eun

1st dan kings

The patterns can be viewed here 1st Degree Patterns

Kwang-Gae is named after the famous Kwang-Gae -T'o-Wang, the 19th king of the Koguryo Dynasty, who regained all the lost territories, including the greater part of Manchuria. The diagram represents the expansion and recovery of lost territory, and the 39 moves refer to the years of his reign.

For Kwang-Gae on Taekwondo Wikia Click Here

Ge-Baek is named after Ge-Baek, a great general in the Baek Je Dynasty (660 AD). The diagram represents his severe and strict military discipline.

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Po-Eun is the pseudonym of the loyal subject Chong Mong-Chu (1400 A.D.) who was a famous poet, and whose poem "I would not serve a second master though I be crucified a hundred times" is known to every Korean. He was also a pioneer in the field of Physics. The diagram represents his unerring loyalty to the king and country towards the end of the Koryo Dynasty.

For Po-Eun on Taekwondo Wikia Click Here


Grading Information

Line Work

Basics, as before
Line kicks, combinations and balance techniques. Be competent at more complicated kicks like jumping and spinning kicks.


Any warm up deemed suitable, pressups, star jumps etc
Any previous set sparring routines may be asked for
1 Step Sparring (Ilbo Matsoki) advanced level
Free sparring (Jayoo Matsoki) + 2v1
Pre-arranged sparring
Self Defence
(Advanced) to include breaks and releases. Also to be proficient with knffe work and be able to defnd yourself against overhand, lunging and slashing techniques.
Power (breaking or pad work if junior level)


Patterns meaning
Find out more about the background to Taekwon-Do and how the art came about.

Please Note: Students should be competent with all techniques, exercises, and patterns from previous levels as well as their current grade.