White Belt (Beginner) Grading

Gradings are NOT compulsory and should only be taken if you are very confident of passing it. On the day, as a beginner, you will be guided through the grading process sympathetically. As a complete and utter beginner in Taekwondo, we are simply trying to assess your very basic abilities, co-ordination and discipline.

Below is what you will be asked to do


  • Sitting stance single front punch
  • Front rising kick / leg rising exercise
  • 10 Press ups (Knuckles for adults and hands for juniors)
  • Walking Stance, Low outer forearm block
  • Walking Stance, Middle punch
  • Walking stance, middle forearm block
  • Walking stance / middle inner forearm block, middle reverse punch. Forward & back
  • 3 step sparring
  • Four Directional Punch number 1-4
  • Basic self defence


After the grading you will be asked a few theory questions. Maintain Attention stance throughout grading. Look forward and no fidgeting

  • Your instructors name is “Mr Sean Onipede 4th Dan, Sir”
  • You are part of the GTI which stands for Global Taekwondo International
  • Taekwondo was officially founded in South Korea by General Choi Hong Hi 9th Dan in 1955
  • Taekwondo means Tae- Foot ; Kwon – Hand; Do – Art or Way of Life

5 Tenets Of Tae Kwon Do (C.I.P.S.I.)

  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Self Control
  • Indomitable Spirit
Belt meanings
  • White signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Tae Kwon-Do
  • Yellow signifies Earth, from which the plant sprouts and takes root as Taekwondo foundations is being laid.

Basic Korean Terms

Training Hall Dojang One Hanna
Training Suit Dobuk Two Dool
Belt Ti Three Seth
Stances Sogi Four Neth
Blocking Makgi Five Dasaul
Kicks Chagi Six Yosaul
Punch Jirugi Seven Ileop
    Eight Yodoll
    Nine Ahop
    Ten Yoll