The first, most important thing to know is that not all students test each time.
Many students will remain at a given belt for some time as they find that specific curriculum particularly challenging. There is nothing wrong with this and it can be turned into a very positive experience!
Some of the more challenging belts include Orange, Advanced Blue and Red.
Certain belts also have a mandatory waiting period. This means even if your child is 100% ready, they still have to wait another round. This is a requirement set out by the World Taekwondo Headquarters.
The first belt with a waiting period is Purple Belt. After that several factors are considered for future eligibility including total amount of training time, hours, age, and readiness for new curriculum.
How Does Testing Work?
Students that are ready for their promotion test will be given a Testing Form in class. This form must be filled out by a parent and a teacher and returned to Master Meggie with the testing fee. You may also pay online via http://newbelt.coretkd.com
If the teacher is unable to fill it out, please include a copy of the students' most recent report card.
Students take the first part of their belt test during their regular class beginning the Saturday prior to the belt testing Saturday. Students not testing should still attend class as usual.
The final portion of the test is given on the following Saturday, and typically begins at 10:00am and finishes around 1pm.
During this section, students will demonstrate forms, kicking technique and will break a board in front of a panel of Black Belts. Students testing for Orange, Purple, Advanced Blue and Red belts will also spar, unless they sparred in class on the prior Friday.
After the test, families will enjoy a potluck lunch. CoreTKD will provide pizza, families will provide the rest!
During lunch, the Black Belt Panel will grade the tests. As soon as the grades are complete, we will have our Belt and Award Ceremony.
What should I bring for the Potluck lunch?
- If you/your student is an orange belt, advanced blue or higher please bring dessert.
- If you/your student is a yellow belt or blue belt, please bring drinks.
- If you/your student is a white belt, please bring a side dish.
- If you/your student is a green belt or purple belt please bring salad.
- If you have students at multiple ranks, please pick one.
What knowledge do I need for the test?
- "The 4 Focuses" (eye focus, ear focus, mouth focus and body focus)
- Name and phone number of parent/significant other
- The 5 tenants of Taekwondo (Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control & Indomitable Spirit)
- Be able to tie your own belt
- Know the meaning of the words "Dojang" (discipline center) "Dobok" (discipline uniform) "Taekwondo" (the discipline of hands and feet)
- Count to 10 in Korean (hana, dul, set, net, dasot, yasot, ilgulp, yadol, ahope, yul)
- Be able to salute the flags and instructors in Korean
- Know your parents/significant other birthday
- Know your address
- Explain what Taekwondo is
- Explain why you train Taekwondo
- Teach a previous form to another student
Advanced Blue Belt
- Explain what it means to be a leader
- Share your goals for this year
- Explain what it means to "be where the attack is not" and how you use this principle
- Assist in teaching a lower level class
- List 3 strategies for calming the body
- Assist in 4 hours of teaching lower belt classes
What about Little Kickers?
Since we don't run regular classes on Saturday when we have Belt Testing, we encourage Little Kickers to join in on the fun!
Little Kickers can participate in testing in one of the following 3 ways:
- Be at the testing location by 11am in uniform and join the Little Kickers that are testing for moral support. Students will show off their forms, kicks, blocks, self defense and build confidence from performing in front of a crowd. This option is FREE!
- Be at the testing location by 11am and participate in the test. Students will do all of the above and be invited back up later to break a board and receive a special stripe belt and patches. This option will incur the belt testing fee.
- Be at the testing location any time between 10am and 1pm and watch fellow students test. You may also choose to partake in the pot luck lunch.
What happens if I can't make the final Saturday of testing?
Please do your best to attend at least one additional class during that week of testing and indicate on the test form that you won't be attending the final Saturday test.