Yellow Belt to Green Tag Grading Information
Getting into the lines is the same as on previous gradings. Once there, the examiner may choose to start with patterns or line work.
You should be prepared to do both pattern Chon Ji and pattern Dan Gun on the day, though it is possible at this grade to only be asked to perform Dan Gun.
Pattern Dan Gun is the second pattern learned by TAGB students. It has 21 movements.
Interpretation: Dan Gun is named after the holy Dan Gun, legendary founder of Korea in 2333BC.
New moves in this pattern are:
Sonkal daebi makgi - knife hand guarding block
Sang palmok makgi - twin forearm block.
The line work will most likely be a variation on the following (practice these combinations going forwards and backwards as I'm guessing on which way he will do them):
Step forward (backward) in L stance twin outer forearm block (sang bakat palmok makgi) as in the pattern Dan Gun.
Front snap kick with the front leg, step back in walking stance double punch (if you're moving forwards with this combination, the kick is from the back leg) - remember this is always obverse then reverse (same arm, same leg punch first, then opposite arm/leg to finish).
Step forward (backward) in L stance inwards inner forearm block (anaero an palmok makgi).
Turning kick off the front leg, stepping back in L stance (or off the back leg stepping forward in L stance), forearm guarding block (palmok daebi makgi).
Step forward (backward) in L stance, forearm guarding block.
Also expect to be asked to do the low block/rising block combination from pattern Dan Gun (forwards or backwards).
3 Step Sparring (Sambo matsoki) - Adults only - Children perform this at Green Tag level
You will be put in pairs to do 3 step sparring as a final exercise. You should be able to do numbers 1-4, but if you can't remember them all on the day, do the ones you know well and keep repeating them if necessary. Keep going forward and back (attack and defence) in your own time until the examiner tells you to stop.
By now we expect you to know:
L Stance - Niunja Sogi
How many moves in Dan Gun - 21, Chon Ji - 19
What is the interpretation of the pattern Dan Gun? (Dan Gun is named after the Holy Dan Gun, legendary founder of Korea in 2333 BC)
What does yellow represent? (The earth from which the plant grows and takes root as the foundations of tae kwon-do are laid)
What is twin forearm block in Korean? Sang palmok makgi.
What is front kick in Korean? Ap chagi.
What is turning kick? Dollyo chagi.
Why do we practice 3 step sparring? To learn focus, distance and timing.
You may be asked questions from lower grades as well.
3 Step Sparring (Sambo Matsoki)
The following video shows you how to practice the techniques for 3 step sparring on your own at home. Obviously in class we do it with a partner. The reason we learn this pre-set attack and defense routine is not for practical fighting experience, but to learn focus, distance and timing of basic attack/block and counter-attack techniques.
The attack in 3 step is always the same - three mid-section obverse punches in walking stance. We learn 10 different defense patterns - the first 4 shown here must be learned for the 8th kup grading (yellow belt to green tag).
Note: for Number 1 defense you step back with the right foot in walking stance, mid-section inner forearm block.
For Numbers 2, 3 and 4 you step back with the left foot in L stance.
Pattern Dan Gun
Study the video above. This is a very good demonstration of the pattern.