7th Kup (Green Tag)The green signifies the new plant growing from the yellow soil
Grading up to Green Tag
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.
Basic Level – Defence against Haymakers and wrist grabs
Line work will include the following:
- Sitting stance
- Hook kick
- Knife hand side strike
- Twin outer forearm block
Students will spar with one another.
NOTE: The purpose is not to ‘win’ in grading sparring, it purpose is for the student to show what they have learned. This should include displaying grade appropriate technique, control, movement, attack and defence.
The pattern has 21 movements. Dangun was the legendary founder of Gojoseon, the first kingdom of Korea, in present-day Liaoning, Manchuria, and the Korean Peninsula. He is said to be the grandson of the god of heaven, and to have founded the kingdom in 2333 B.C.E.
There is no one-step element in this grading.
The green of the belt symbolises that the seed of Taekwondo is sprouting.
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 (yellow tag to green belt level)
Although the term Dangun commonly refers to the founder, some believe it was a title used by all rulers of Gojoseon, and that Dangun Wanggeom was the proper name of the founder. The earliest recorded version of the Dangun legend appears in the 13th-century Samguk Yusa, which cites China’s Book of Wei and Korea’s lost historical record Gogi (고기).
Dangun’s ancestry legend begins with his grandfather Hwanin (환인), the “Lord of Heaven”. Hwanin had a son, Hwanung (환웅), who yearned to live on the earth among the valleys and the mountains. Hwanin permitted Hwanung and 3,000 followers to descend onto Baekdu Mountain, where Hwanung founded the Sinsi (신시 “City of God”). Along with his ministers of clouds, rain and wind, he instituted laws and moral codes and taught humans various arts, medicine, and agriculture.
A tiger and a bear prayed to Hwanung that they might become human. Upon hearing their prayers, Hwanung gave them 20 cloves of garlic and a bundle of mugwort, ordering them to eat only this sacred food and remain out of the sunlight for 100 days. The tiger gave up after about twenty days and left the cave. However, the bear persevered and was transformed into a woman. The bear and the tiger are said to represent two tribes that sought the favor of the heavenly prince.
The bear-woman (Ungnyeo; 웅녀) was grateful and made offerings to Hwanung. However, she lacked a husband, and soon became sad and prayed beneath a “divine birch” tree to be blessed with a child. Hwanung, moved by her prayers, took her for his wife and soon she gave birth to a son named Dangun Wanggeom.
Dangun ascended to the throne, built the walled city of Asadal situated near Pyongyang (the location is disputed) and called the kingdom Joseon—referred to today as Gojoseon “Old/Ancient Joseon” so as not to be confused with the Joseon that was established much later. He then moved his capital to Asadal on Mount Paegak or Mount Gunghol.
All the punches in Dan Gun are high section (eye level) symbolising Dangun scaling a mountain.
Your feet should be 1.5 shoulder-widths apart, toes pointing forward, with weight evenly distributed. Sit deep into the stance, like a squat, with your back straight.
Using the same chamber as a side-kick, launch the kick to the side of your target. Draw back, with power, to strike the target with the heel.
Knife Hand Side Strike
This is an outward-moving, open-handed strike. The point of impact is the knife-edge of the hand. Keep your hand rigid so it doesn’t collapse upon impact.
Twin Outer Forearm Block
Starting with arms across the chest, block outward with both forearms at the same time. Keep the top of your fist in line with your shoulders, and remember not to block outside the line of your own body.