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

5th Degree is a step up from 4th and you continue as an 'International Instructor'.

At this phase there are only 2 new patterns to learn, however So-San has 72 moves. Se-Jong only has 24, but they are a series of complex moves which outline the practitioners skill.

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


Grading Patterns - So-San | Se-Jong

4th dan meanings

The patterns can be viewed here 5th Degree Patterns

So-San is the pseudonym of the great monk Choi Hyong Ung (1520-1604) during the Lee Dynasty. The 72 movements refer to his age when he organized a corps of monk soldiers with the assistance of his pupil Sa Myunh Dang. The monk soldiers helped repulse the Japanese pirates who overran most of the Korean peninsula in 1592.

For So-San on Taekwondo Wikia Click Here

Se-Jong is named after the greatest Korean King, Se-Jong, who invented the Korean alphabet in 1443, and was also a noted meteorologist. The digram represents the king, while the 24 movements refer to the 24 letters of the Korean alphabet.

For Se-Jong on Taekwondo Wikia Click here

Reference Material

Marc Tedschi is a good author of TKD books, this is worth a look along with his book on traditions, philosophy and technique. Click Here


Grading Information

Line Work

Basics, as before
Line kicks, combinations and balance techniques. By now you should be able to master every technique 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
As with 4th Degree a thesis must be produced as part of the entrance to grade at this level.

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