As a beginner, I simply expect you to attend classes regularly and do your best. With time, it is my job to teach you Taekwondo, but you have to be willing to learn and know what exercises to practice at home, particularly stretching and patterns. Patterns give you a set sequence of moves to practice punches and blocks you have learnt and perfect your co-ordination.
You should be able to comfortably pass previous gradings
- Good attendance, behaviour, respect and enthusiasm
- Focused on martial arts training, willingness to learn
- Understands the Rules and Tenets of taekwondo
- Can do 15 press-up properly
- Basic front punch and front kick
- Knows how to stretch legs to further improve flexibility at home
- Sitting Stance Double front punch
- Front rising kick / leg rising exercise (apcha olligi) – try to get ankle to shoulder level
- 15 Press ups (Knuckles for male adults and flat hands for others)
- Middle Obverse punch in walking stance
- Low outer forearm block in walking stance
- L Stance – Inner forearm block
- L Stance – Knife hand strike
- Crescent kick moving forward (In and out) (Bandal Chagi)
- Chon Ji (+ previous)
- Four Directional Punch (Saju Jirugi)
- 3 Step Sparring (Sambo Matsoki) No.2
- Self defence – Release from a single wrist grab from across the body + previous
- White – Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
- Yellow – Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwondo is being laid.
- CHON- JI means literally ” the Heaven the Earth”. It is, in the Orient, interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history, therefore, it is the initial pattern played by the beginner. This pattern consists of two similar parts; one to represent the Heaven and the other the Earth