9th Kup (Yellow Tag)

The white part of the belt signifies innocence, while the yellow signifies the earth where the seed of Taekwondo is planted.

Grading up to yellow tag 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:

  • Snap kick
  • Turning kick
  • Walking stance
  • Fighting stance
  • Obverse/Reverse punch


You will not be asked to spar in this grading.


Four-Directional Blocking

This is not technically a pattern, but a punching and blocking exercise. You will be expected to perform four-directional low blocks in both directions.



There is no one-step element in this grading.



You must learn the Taekwondo oath, and the five tenets of Taekwondo (in English, the Korean is not expected).

You must also learn to count to ten in Korean.



There is no destruction element in this grading.

Self defence videos (yellow tag to green belt level) 


Four-Directional Blocking

Four-directional blocking will help you to get used to performing movements in sequence. Remember to perform each block and strike with purpose, and to kiap on your last movement.


The Five Tenets of Taekwondo

You should learn the tenets of Taekwondo and the Taekwondo oath (in English). You should also be able to count (verbally) in Korean.

Courtesy (Ye-ui / 예의)

Showing courtesy to all, respecting others, having manners as well as maintaining the appropriate etiquette at all times, both within and outside the dojang (도장) (designated training area).

Integrity (Yeom-chi / 염치)

Although it may be similar, this form of integrity takes on a more wider role then defined in the common dictionary. In Taekwondo, integrity means not only to determine what is right or wrong but also having the conscience to feel guilt if one has done wrong and to have the integrity stand up for what is right.

Perseverance (In-nae / 인내)

One will persevere time and time again until they have achieved a result which is adequate towards what one was trying to achieve.

Self-control (Geuk-gi / 극기)

This means to not only have control over one’s physical acts, but also their mental thoughts and actions.

Indomitable spirit (Baek-jeol-bul-gul / 백절불굴)

To have indomitable spirit means to have the courage to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what odds you are up against, and to always give 100% effort in whatever you do.

Four-Directional Blocking


The Taekwondo Oath

I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do.

I shall respect my instructors and seniors.

I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.

I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.

I shall strive to build a more peaceful world.




Snap Kick

This is a straight-moving kick which should be delivered with the ball of the foot. Note that this is not a pushing kick – you immediately re-chamber after a snap kick, so your foot should ‘snap’ back.

Turning Kick

Your chamber position should have your knee horizontal to your body, and the kick should arc so that it lands with a sideways impact. Allow your standing foot to turn as you kick so that your standing knee does not rotate.

Traditonally, you strike the target with the ball of your foot with your toes pulled back. For sporting applications, you should strike the target with the instep of your foot (the top part of the foot, not the top of the toes!).

Walking / Fighting Stance

In walking stance your feet should be no less than 1 shoulder-width apart, and no less than 1.5 shoulder-widths long. Your front knee should be bent, with your back leg straight and braced. Your weight should be distributed evenly across both feet.

Fighting stance is your preferred sparring stance. You will develop your own style over time. Typically, it is a relaxed walking stance in which you are light on your feet. Don’t forget to hold up a guard.

Obverse / Reverse Punch

An obverse punch is delivered with the same arm as the leading leg, a reverse punch is delivered with the same arm as the back leg.

You should aim to strike the target with the first two knuckles. In line work, punch to your own centre-chest height. Keep your wrist straight and strong and keep your shoulders aligned and facing forwards – don’t overreach. Tuck your thumb underneath your fist, not inside it!