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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The road to fitness and confidence


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

What is Taekwon-Do all about

As a 3rd Degree Black Belt you continue to be known as an 'Assistant Instructor', however this is usually the level at which many adult Taekwon-Do practitioners think about starting their own club or classes.

The gap between 3rd and 4th degree is 3 years, so there is plenty of time to master your new patterns especially Yoo-Sin which has 68 moves!

At this level you should be researching new ideas to bring to class and look more into the science behind Taekwon-Do. Take the opportunity to look at other martial arts and sports to see if techniques observed with them can be applied to Taekwon-Do.


Grading Patterns - Sam-Il | Yoo-Sin | Choi-Yong

2nd dan meanings

The patterns can be viewed here 3rd Degree Patterns

Sam-Il denotes the historical date of the independence movement of Korea which began throughout the country on March 1, 1919. The 33 movements in the pattern stand for the 33 patriots who planned the movement.

For Sam-Il on Taekwondo Wikia Click Here

Yoo-Sin is named after General Kim Yoo Sin, a commanding general during the Silla Dynasty. The 68 movements refer to the last two figures of 668 A.D., the year Korea was united. The ready posture signifies a sword drawn on the right rather than left side, symbolizing Yoo Sin's mistake of following his King's orders to fight with foreign forces against his own nation.

For Yoo-Sin on Taekwondo Wikia Click here

Choi-Yong is named after General Choi Yong, premier and commander in chief of the armed forces during the 14th century Koryo Dynasty. Choi Yong was greatly respected for his loyalty, patriotism, and humility. He was executed by his subordinate commanders headed by general Yi Sung Gae, who later became the first King of the Lee Dynasty.

For Choi-Yong on Taekwondo Wikia Click Here

Reference Material

This is an excellent book by Stuart Anslow, explaining in detail the meaning behind the patterns Click Here


Grading Information

Line Work

Basics, as before
Line kicks, combinations and balance techniques. By now you should be able to master every kick within General Choi's handbook.


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)  You may be asked to break more than one board.


Patterns meaning
Look at the history of Korea, the Japanese occupation and the dynasty's.You will be asked to produce a thesis (a written paper) to submit as part of your grading

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