5th Kup (Blue Tag)The plant of Taekwondo grows towards the sky
Grading up to blue tag belt
Make sure to ask in class if there’s anything you’re unsure about!
The fitness test aims to ensure that students meet the physical requirements to progress to the next level. The expected level of fitness increases the higher the belt. This is the first part of the grading and students will be expected to perform their techniques after it.
Students are expected to be able to demonstrate a sufficient level of self defence for their belt. This includes technical proficiency as well as attitude toward self defence. Students are expected to show that they would be capable of defending themselves successfully.
Intermediate Level – Defence against Chokes and Headlocks
Line work will include the following:
- Reverse side kick
- Back kick
- Fixed stance
- Side punch
Students will spar with one another. The aim of grading sparring isn’t to win, but to demonstrate your abilities.
Students are expected to demonstrate what they have learned, to show good technique as well as control and a positive attitude.
Won Hyo Tul
Won Hyo has 28 movements.
It is named after the noted monk Won-Hyo who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year 686 C.E.
Students will be tested on one-step
The blue of the belt signifies the sky, towards which the green plant of Taekwondo grows.
You could be tested on the form of techniques you are being assessed on, or have already been assessed on in previous gradings.
There is no destruction element in this grading.
Self defence videos (blue tag to red belt level)
Won-hyo (617 – 686) was one of the leading thinkers, writers and commentators of the Korean Buddhist tradition. With his life spanning the end of the Three Kingdoms period and the beginning of the Unified Silla era, Wonhyo played a vital role in the reception and assimilation of the broad range of doctrinal Buddhist streams that flowed into the Korean peninsula at the time. Wonhyo was most interested in, and affected by Tathāgatagarbha, Yogācāra and Hwaom thought. However, in his extensive scholarly works, composed as commentaries and essays, he embraced the whole spectrum of the Buddhist teachings.
Wonhyo was born in Amnyang (押梁), nowadays the city of Gyeongsan, South Korea. He was famous for singing and dancing in the streets. While the Buddha discouraged such behaviors, his songs and dances were seen as upaya, or skillful means, meant to help save all sentient beings.
“[Wŏnhyo] tried to embody in his own life the ideal of a bodhisattva who works for the well-being of all sentient beings. Transcending the distinction of the sacred and the secular, he married a widower princess, visited villages and towns, and taught people with songs and dances.” - Hee-Sung Keel, “Korea”; cited in Encyclopedia of Buddhism, volume 1 (2004).
He is thought to have founded Korea’s lone riverside temple, Silleuksa, in the late 600s. While Wonhyo was in Bunhwangsa (in modern Guhwang-dong, Gyeongju), he wrote a number of books. For such strong association with Wonhyo, a research center and a shrine named Bogwangjeon hall dedicated to Wonhyo’s legacy are located in Bunhwangsa.