Yellow Tag to Yellow Belt Grading Information
As with the first grading, you will be called forwards by name to a position. Answer 'Yes Sir' loudly and run to your position - make attention stance, bow and straight to ready stance.
You will be asked to give name and grade by position. As you did for your white belt grading, come to attention (cheriots) raise your right hand, state your name followed by '... ninth kup, sir'. Return to ready stance and wait for the next command.
You will be asked to move your left leg to form sitting stance and measure with your left fist. Then you will be asked to perform ten double punches. He may ask you to just perform five and then change your arms so that the right is out in front of you before asking you to perform another five.
In the line work he will start by asking you to take your right leg back and perform a low section block. From this position you will be asked to step forwards demonstrating a double punch, possibly going forwards and backwards. Remember that you should always finish with the opposite arm and leg forwards. (Right arm and left leg forwards, or vice versa). He may also give you white belt combinations - Mid block reverse punch or low block reverse punch.
Hi is likely to ask you to step forwards performing a front kick off the back leg, landing forwards and performing another double punch combination. Again finish with the reverse arm forwards.
The examiner may ask for you to demonstrate a mid block in L stance (niunja sogi) moving forwards and backwards, before asking for you to show him a knife hand strike (sonkal taerigi) moving forwards and back, also in L stance.
Finally for the line work, he may ask you to demonstrate a low block/rising block combination in walking stance.
Remember to twist your hips between the blocks to help generate the power he's looking for in the A grade students! More likely is that he will ask for you to perform a single rising block, stepping forwards or backwards.
This entire grading is designed to make you demonstrate the difference between walking stance and L stance. So if you want an A grade, you MUST make your stances properly!
The last item of the grading is the 19 movement pattern - Chon Ji. In theory the examiner can ask you to perform this pattern in your own time, or to his count. I will ask him to count for you to keep you all moving at the same pace, but be prepared to do it in your own time just in case. If this happens try to ignore everyone else around you and concentrate on getting your moves right.
This will complete the main part of your test. You will then move over to the theory table to be asked a few questions.
Favourite theory questions at this level that you should be able to answer:
What does yellow signify? (The earth from which the plant shoots and grows as the foundations of tae kwon do are laid.)
What is the interpretation of Chon Ji? (If you can only remember that it signifies heaven and earth, that is better than nothing, but if you can remember more - bonus! Full interpretation: Chon Ji literally means heaven and earth. In the Orient it is interpreted as the creation or the beginning of mankind, as such it is the first pattern learned by the beginner. It is a pattern of two halves: one represents the heavens, the other represents the earth.)
How many moves are in pattern Chon Ji? (19)
What is the Korean for knife hand strike? (sonkal taerigi)
What is the Korean for front kick? (ap chagi)
What is the Korean for L stance (niunja sogi)
All of the answers to these questions are on the yellow tag pages of your student hand book.
Pattern Chon-Ji has 19 movements and is the first proper pattern learned in Tae kwon-do.
In the Orient, Chon-Ji is interpreted as the creation of the earth, or the beginning of mankind. As such, it is the first pattern learned by the beginner. It is a pattern of two halves: one represents heaven, the other represents the earth.
There are many similarities between pattern Chon-Ji and the Sajo Jirugi exercise learned at white belt. Many younger students get confused to begin with on which way to turn, which leg moves and which arm blocks. There is a simple rule that will help you remember which move comes next:
The first sixteen moves follow the sequence: turn and block, step forwards and obverse punch (same arm and leg forwards). Remember to turn left, moving the left foot and perform a low block with the left arm on the first move and everything else through the pattern should be easy.
Every time you step forwards to punch, the punching arm gives the clue as to what you wll do next. If you've punched with the right arm, then your next move is to turn right (towards the extended arm) moving only the right leg and perform a block with the right arm. If you've punched with the left, the opposite applies.
Now practise, practise, practise!