1st Dan (Black Belt)

Signifies the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.

Grading up to black belt

Black Belt grading format is different than that seen in previous gradings. The grading will be conducted in association with our closely associated clubs and take place around the Yorkshire area. A black belt grading will include all content seen at colour belts with the expectation that all aspects of the student are well rounded and ready to take the next step.

The only truly new part of the black belt exam that the student will not be familiar with will be the black belt pattern, Choong-Moo.

Typical Black Belt Grading Format:


Fitness Test

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.

Advanced Level – Defence against ground attacks and Basic Knife Defence


Line Work

Potential to include any colour belt techniques



Students will do 2vs1 sparring. 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.


Total of three,

will always include Choong-Moo

30 Movements – Choong-Moo was the name given to the great Admiral Yi Soon-Sin of the Lee Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson) in 1592, which is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The reason the pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death, having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the king.




Students will be tested on one-step



The black of the belt represent the opposite of white, therefore signifying a maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the holder’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.

You could be tested on the form of techniques you are being assessed on, or have already been assessed on in previous gradings.



Likely to include Flying sidekicks and ridge hand strikes, however this is open to the senior instructor present

Self defence videos (black tag to black belt level) 




+ 1 Minute hand and 1 minute leg techniques


Hwa Rang Tul

Hwa Rang Do – The martial art name: “The way of the flowering manhood.” This is the name of the martial art identity that was founded in 1960 by Dr. Joo Bang Lee. He is the one who created the syllabus of this martial art for public instruction. He combined the spirit and philosophy of the ancient Hwarang warriors with the ancient secret Hwarang combat skills Um Yang Kwon that were passed to Dr. Lee from his master Suahm Dosa. Hwarang – “Flower man” The title given to the leaders of the youth group from the ancient kingdom of Silla. This title was only received by the youth of royal family members, and not civilians. Rangdo -“Fellows” The title of the Hwarang’s fellows. These people were the students disciples, and soldiers of the Hwarang, and all came from the civilian class. Hwarang (s) – (Hwarangdo ) – The term used to refer to the ancient Hwarang warriors. The Hwarang and Rangdo together were called the “Flower knights.” In reference to these individuals as a group of people, the Hwarang (leaders) and Rangdo (fellows), two terms are used. Most references simply say Hwarang (s), but there are some later references that also use Hwarangdo . The “DO” suffix used here means a group of people. So the term pronounced Hwarangdo means a “group of flower men.”

Hwa Rang Tul


Jump back kick/reverse side kick

Jump kicks travelling forward