White Belt to Yellow Tag
Grading Information

Assuming the examiner follows the grading card, the test will be as follows: 

Call to position - When your name is called, answer 'Yes Sir' in a loud voice and run to your place in the lines.  Make attention stance, bow and then make ready stance, looking straight ahead at all times. 

Name and rank by position - Starting with position 1, take it in turns to make attention stance, raise your right hand and state in a loud voice your name, followed by "tenth kup, Sir".  Return straight to ready stance after you are done. 

The examiner will tell you to move your left leg to form sitting stance and measure with your left fist.  You will then be asked to do 10 single punches, counting aloud.  Sit in a solid, low stance, and punch with lots of power.  Count in Korean if you can, but in English is fine if you can't. 

You will be called back to ready stance.  Then you will be asked to take your right leg back into walking stance for the leg raising exercises.  Again count them aloud.  This will be repeated with the left leg. 

You will then be asked to perform 10 press ups - count aloud as you go. 

Next comes the line work.  You will be asked to walk forward performing obverse punches (same arm, same leg forwards).  Concentrate on looking forwards, punching hard and making a good walking stance (front leg bent, back leg straight).  This may be repeated going backwards. 

You will then be asked to demonstrate a low block, reverse punch (opposite arm to the leg that is forwards) combination going forwards several times, followed by a mid-section block, reverse punch combination going backwards.  Again, think power! 

Finally you will be asked to perform the Sajo Jirugi exercise.  Normally the examiner will ask for you to do Number 1, right and left leg first (low section blocks.)  

Take your time.  Make all of the moves and stances strong and positive.  Shout at the end of each half of the exercise, but make sure you hold the final punch position after the second half and don't look round until the examiner calls 'Barrol' (which means return to ready stance). 

The exercise is then repeated with mid-section blocks. (Sajo Jirugi Number 2) 

This will complete the practical part of the test.  You will have passed or failed by this point!  You will then be asked to move over to the side desk to be asked a couple of simple theory questions.  Do your best, but don't panic if you don't know all the answers.  Make sure you stand to attention while you are answering and bow when the person asking the questions tells you that you have finished. 

I would wish you good luck, but none of you need luck.  You are all good enough to pass if I put you forwards for the test. 

The 5 Tenets of Tae Kwon-do 


Korean Numbers 1-10 

One - Hanna
Six - Yo-so
Two - Dool
Seven - Ill-gop
Three - Sett
Eight - Yo-doll
Four - Nett
Nine - Ahop
Five - Da-so
Ten - Yoll 

Lesson 6 Sajo Jirugi No. 2

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Sajo Jirugi Number 2
Miss Free demonstrates Sajo Jirugi Number 2 as we teach it to the children. This demonstration is deliberately slow so that you can see how she forms the chamber positions for the blocks. Take parti...

This exercise is effectively the same as Sajo Jirugi No. 1, but with mid-section blocks, rather than low section.  Here's a good demonstration.  You will notice that this instructor moves his feet back together between each move.  We simplify it at Tigers by lifting up on the balls of our feet and turning on the spot.  Providing you've made a good walking stance each time you step forwards to punch, your feet will turn into a good walking stance when you turn.

Lesson 5 - Sajo Jirugi No. 1

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Sajo Jirugi Number 1
Miss Free demonstrates Sajo Jirugi Number 1 as we teach it to the children with simplified foot movements. For this video she has slowed down the movements and exaggerated the preparation to reach th...


Watching and copying the video above will probably be the most effective way of refining this exercise.  It will help you and your class mates progress much more quickly if you practice Sajo Jirugi every day until you can do it with your eyes closed!

Most martial arts teach patterns of moves to simulate fighting one or more opponents and to help students develop: strength, balance, timing, breath control and correct tensing and relaxing of muscles.  Sajo jirugi - four directional blocking and punching is not a pattern, (we learn our first pattern for our second grading) but rather a sequence of moves that introduce a student to this concept.  It is the main component of the first grading, so we will devote a lot of time to mastering it. 

Here is a downloadable pdf file from Russ Martin's website that includes everything I could hope to show you here.  His technique for gaining the correct width and length of stance is slightly different.  He shows the foot drawn back and then pushed diagonally forwards again before turning and blocking simultaneously, rather than drawing the foot back, turning and pushing the foot diagonally backwards at the same time as blocking.  Both techniques are equally valid.  Use whichever you find easier:

sajo jirugi one.pdf (PDF — 535 KB)

Lesson 3.pdf (PDF — 157 KB)
Lesson 2.pdf (PDF — 203 KB)
Lesson 1.pdf (PDF — 139 KB)