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Grade Theory

At Broxburn Blackbelt Academy in Broxburn, West Lothian, we teach a wide variety of grades. Read on to discover the techniques my instructors and I cover.

10th Kup

At this grade, you will receive a white belt. Signifying innocence, it represents the starting student who has no previous knowledge of taekwondo. This training includes:

Attention Stance (Chariyot Sog) - Parallel Stance (Narani Sogi) - Sitting Stance (Annun Sogi) - Walking Stance (Gunnun Sogi) - Outer Forearm (Bakat Palmok) - Inner Forearm (An Palmok) - Forefist (Ap Joomuk) - Knifehand (Sonkal) - Low Area (Najunde) - Middle Area (Kaunde) - High Area (Nopunde) - Middle Forefist Punch (Kaunde Ap Joomuk Jirugi) - Middle Inner Forearm Block (Kaunde An Palmok Makgi) - Low Outer Forearm Block (Najunde Bakat Palmok Makgi) - Low Knifehand Block (Najunde Sonkal Makgi) - Four Directional Punching (Saju Jirugi) - Four Directional Blocking (Saju Makgi)

9th Kup

The 9th kup will continue your progress. It includes:
L-Stance (Nuinja Sogi) - Ball of Foot (Ap Kumchi) - Sword Edge (Balkal) - Front Kick (Ap Chagi) - Side Kick (Yop Chagi) - Obverse Punch (Baro Jirugi) - Reverse Punch (Baunde Jirugi) - Double Punch (Dool Jirugi) - Rising Block (Chookyo Makgi) - Chon-Ji

8th Kup

At this grade, you will receive the yellow belt. It signifies the earth in which a plant takes root, indicating that the foundation of your taekwondo knowledge has been laid. The training includes:
Turning Kick (Dollyo Chagi) - Back Piercing Kick (Dwit Cha Jirugi) - Knifehand Guarding Block (Sonkal Daebi Maki) - Knifehand Side Strike (Sonkal Yop Taerigi) - Twin Forearm Block (Sang Palmok Maki) - High Forefist Punch (Nopunde Ap Joomuk Jirugi) - Dan-Gun

7th Kup

This grade contains essential new movements. They include:
Backfist (Dung Joomuk) - Fingertip (Sonkut) - Straight Fingertip Thrust (Sun Sonkut Tulgi) - Backfist Side Strike (Dung Joomuk Taerigi) - Outer Forearm Wedging Block (Bakat Palmok Hechyo Makgi) - Do-San

6th Kup

At this grade, you will receive the green belt. Symbolising a plant's growth, the belt represents the continued development of your taekwondo skills. The training includes:
Close Stance Type A (Moa Sogi A) - Bent Knee Stance (Goburyo Sogi) - Fixed Stance (Gojung Sogi) - Heel (Dwichook) - Reverse Hooking Kick (Bandae Dollyo Goro Chagi) - Reverse Turning Kick (Bandae Dollyo Chagi) - Donward Kick (Naeryo Chagi) - Knifehand Inward Strike (Sonkal Annuro Taerigi) - Side Punch (Yop Jirugi) - Bent Knee Ready Stance (Goburyo Junbi Sogi) - Inner Forearm Circular Block (An Palmok Dollimyo Makgi) - Won-Hyo

5th Kup

This grade will see your skills continue to develop. It includes:

X Stance (Kyocha Sogi) - Front Elbow (Ap Palkup) - Palm (Sombadak) - Palm Hooking Block (Sombadak Golcho Makgi) - Front Elbow Strike (Ap Palkup Taerigi) - Double Forearm Block (Dool Palmok Makgi) - Twin Knifehand Block (Sang Sonkal Makgi) - Yul-Gok

4th Kup

At this grade, you will earn the blue belt. It represents the sky, toward which the plant matures into a towering tree. The training covers:

Low Stance (Nacho Sogi) - Rear Foot Stance (Dwit Bal Sogi) - Upper Elbow (Wi Palkup) - Reverse Knifehand (Sonkal Dung) - Reverse Knifehand Block (Sonkal Dung Maki) - Palm Upward Block (Sombadah Ollyo Maki) - Upper Elbow Strike (Wi Palkup Taerigi) - Twin Forefist Vertical Punch (Sang Joomuk Sewo Jirugi) - Twin Forefist Upset Punch (Sang Joomuk Dwijibo Jirugi) - X Fist Rising Block (Kyocha Joomuk Chookyo Maki) - Palm Pushing Block (Sombadah Miro Maki) - U-Shape Block (Digucha Maki) - Joong-Gun

3rd Kup

This grade introduces several new stances and movements. They include:

Close Stance (Moa Sogi) - Upset Fingertip (Dwijibun Sonkut) - Flat Fingertip (Opun Sonkut) - Knee (Moorup) - Upset Fingertip Thrust (Dwijibun Sonkut Tulgi) - Forearm W-Shape Block (Paka Palmo San Maki) - X Fist Pressing Block (Kyocha Joomuk Noollo Maki) - Double Forearm Pushing Block (Dool Palmo Miro Maki) - Toi-Gye

2nd Kup

Completing this grade will earn you the red belt. Signifying danger, this belt cautions students to exercise while warning opponents to keep away. The training includes:

Vertical Stance (Soojik Sogi) - Close Ready Stance Type C (Moa Junbi Sogi C) - Side Elbow (Yop Palkup) - Palm Pushing Block (Sombadah Miro Maki) - Upset Punch (Ollyo Jirugi) - Knifehand Downward Strike (Sonkal Naeryo Taerigi) - Side Elbow Thrust (Yop Palkup Tulgi) - Hwa-Rang

1st Kup

At this grade, you will earn the black belt. The opposite of white, this belt signifies maturity and proficiency in taekwondo. What's more, it indicates the wearer is impervious to darkness and fear. This grade consists of a single exercise, choong moo.

Contact me today, in Broxburn, West Lothian, to sign up to my martial arts academy.