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

At 4th Degree you have the opportunity to become an 'International Instructor' denoted by the shoulder flashes in the above image.

Try and attend an IIC (International Instructors Course usually run by a Grandmaster) and any other seminars run by senior practitioners of Taekwon-Do.

The patterns get harder at this level, especially Moon-Moo, which is all about flexibility and balance.


Grading Patterns - Yong-Gae | Ul-Ji | Moon-Moo

4th dan meanings

The patterns can be viewed here 4th Degree Patterns

Yong-Gae is named after a famous general during the Koguryo Dynasty, Yon Gae Somoon. The 49 movements refer to the last two figures of 649 A.D., the year he forced the Tang Dynasty to quit Korea after destroying nearly 300,000 of their troops at Ansi Sung..

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Ul- Ji is named after general Ul-Ji Moon Dok who successfully defended Korea against a Tang's invasion force of nearly one million soldiers led by Yang Je in 612 A.D., Ul-Ji employing hit and run guerilla tactics, was able to decimate a large percentage of the force. The diagram represents his surname. The 42 movements represent the author's age when he designed the pattern.

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Moon-Moo honours the 30th King of the Silla Dynasty. His body was buried near Dae Wang Am (Great King's Rock). According to his will, the body was placed in the sea "where my soul shall forever defend my land against the Japanese." It is said that the Sok Gul Am (Stone cave) was built to guard his tomb. The Sok Gul Am is a fine example of the culture of the Silla Dynasty. The 61 movements in this pattern symbolize the last two figures of 661 A.D. when Moon Moo came to the throne.

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Reference Material

This is an excellent book on stretching by Brad Walker, you will need it when practising Moon-Moo! 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 as many boards as your degree number.


Patterns meaning
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.