8th Kup (Yellow)

Signifies the earth where the seed of Taekwon-Do is planted

Grading up to yellow belt.

You can download a PDF of the syllabus here. Make sure to ask in class if there’s anything you’re unsure about!


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.


Line Work

Line work will include the following:

  • Side kick
  • L stance
  • Low/high outer forearm block
  • Middle inner forearm block




You will not be asked to spar in this grading.


Chon Ji Tul

The pattern Chon-Ji has 19 movements. Literally, Chon-Ji translates as “heaven-light” which is interpreted as the creation of the world. It is therefore the initial pattern performed by an ITF beginner during their entrance into the world of Taekwon-Do.



There is no one-step element in this grading.



The yellow of your belt signifies the soil in which the seed of Taekwondo is planted.

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) 


Chon Ji

When the two words
Chon Ji are combined, they take on a different meaning: the pattern refers to the light of creation. Lake Chon-Ji is the
Heavenly Lake, located in a crater on Paektu-San (White Headed Mountain) on the border between China and North Korea, which was the first
residence of the legendary Dan-Gun before he established his capital at Asadal
(now Pyongyang) in 2333 B.C.E.

Virtual tour: see the Heavenly Lake on Google Maps here.

Chon Ji


Side Kick

This is a straight-moving kick which should be delivered with the sword-edge of the foot. The chamber position should have the knee at a 90-degree angle to the target.


Your weight should be distrubuted in a 70:30 ratio, with your back leg acting as the primary support. Your feet should be such that if you drew back your front foot, your front heel would slide past the back heel, almost–but not quite–touching each other. You should be able to comfortably lift your front foot without shifting your weight.

Outer Forearm Block

We commonly term these ‘rising’ and ‘low’ block. Both blocks begin with the outside of your wrists together. When performing a rising block, you should not obscure your own vision. When performing a low block, your elbow should remain bent and should land no further out than your own body – you are blocking an attack to your body, not to the empty space next to you!

Inner Forearm Block

We commonly term this a ‘mid-section’ block. Both wrists face begin facing down. The block is drawn across the body, with the motion of drawing a sword. Again, this block should not land any further out than your own body. The knuckles on your fist should roughly be in line with your shoulder.