Belt System

The Philosophy Behind Our Belt System

At King Tae Kwon Do we have meticulously constructed our belt rankings to guide our students towards the very highest skill level, self-discipline and confidence.   Step by step tremendous changes in body and mind are achieved and no one is asked to test until they are 100% proficient in the techniques required to advance.

White Belt (10th Gup): Confidence

Stances                        

  1. Walking Stance
  2. Forward Stance
  3. Horse Stance

Hand Techniques

  1. Jab, Reverse Punch (walking stance)
  2. Low punch, middle punch, high punch (walking Stance)
  3. Low block, middle block, high block (walking stance, horse stance)
  4. Middle Block & middle punch (walking stance)
  5. Reverse middle block (walking stance)

Kicks

  1. Front stretch kick
  2. Front snap kick
  3. Push kick

Breakings

  1. Middle Punch (Forward Stance)
  2. Front Snap Kick

Workout

  1. Sit Up (15)
  2. Push Up (15)

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Yellow Belt (9th Gup): Respect

Stances

  1. Back Stance

Hand Techniques

  1. Low, middle, high punches (forward stance)
  2. Front snap kick & high punch (forward stance)
  3. Front snap kick & middle punch (walking stance)
  4. Knife hand strike (forward stance)
  5. Single knife hand low block (w/back stance)

Kicks

  1. Round house kick/Side round house kick
  2. Axe kick

Breakings

  1. Outside-in knife hand strike
  2. Round house kick

Workout

  1. Sit Up (25)
  2. Push Up (25)

Weapons

  1. Nunchucks (3 angles/5 times)
  2. Long staff (Balance/on one palm)

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Yellow Stripe Belt (8th Gup): Respect

Stances

  1. Forward Stance
  2. Back Stance

Hand Techniques

  1. Double punches (walking stance)
  2. Front snap kick & double punches (walking stance)
  3. Front snap kick & low block middle punch (walking stance)
  4. Reverse knife hand strike (walking stance)
  5. Single knife hand middle block (back stance) & middle punch (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. Jump round house kick
  2. Jump axe kick

Breakings

  1. Inside-out knife hand strike
  2. Jump round house kick

Workout

  1. Sit Up (25)
  2. Push Up (25)

Weapons

  1. Nunchucks (3 angles/5 times)
  2. Long staff (Balance/on one palm)

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Green Belt (7th Gup): Encouragement

Stances

  1. Forward Stance
  2. Back Stance

Hand Techniques

  1. Double knife hand middle block (back stance)
  2. Palm press down block & spear hand strike (forward stance)
  3. Knife hand high block with knife hand strike (forward stance)
  4. First middle block & front kick & first middle block (back stance)
  5. First middle block & double punches (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. Side kick & side slide kick

Forms

  1. Tae-Guek il-Jang (#1)

Breakings

  1. Hammer fist strike (walking stance)
  2. Slide side kick

Workout

  1. Sit Up (25 – 30)
  2. Push Up (20 – 27)

Weapons

  1. Nunchucks (3 angles/both hands)
  2. Long staff (Basic/Grabbing)

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Green Stripe Belt (6th Gup): Encouragement

Stances

  1. L Stance
  2. Cross Stance

Hand Techniques

  1. Hammer fist strike (w/ “L”  stance)
  2. Back fist strike (forward stance)
  3. Front kick, back fist strike, first middle block (forward stance)
  4. Elbow strike (forward stance)
  5. Elbow target strike (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. Hook kick & step hook kick

Forms

  1. Tae-Guek il-Jang (#2)

Breakings

  1. Back fist strike
  2. Step hook kick

Workout

  1. Sit Up (25 – 30)
  2. Push Up (20 – 27)

Weapons

  1. Nunchucks (3 angles/both hands)
  2. Long staff (Basic/Grabbing)

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Blue Belt (5th Gup): Help Others

Stances

  1. Walking, horse, forward, back, L & cross

Hand Techniques

  1. Low block (forward stance) & front kick/middle block (back stance)
  2. Reverse knife hand face block (forward stance)
  3. Fist face block & middle punch (forward stance)
  4. Step back double knife hands middle block (back stance)
  5. Step back palm press down block & middle punch (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. Back kicks
  2. Outside-in crescent kick

Forms

  1. Tae-Guek sahm-jang (#3)

Breakings

  1. Elbow strike (forward stance)
  2. Back kick

Workout

  1. Both legs lifting up/no touching floor (15)
  2. Hang-up sit up (5)

Weapons

  1. Bamboo sword (basic ready stance)

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 Blue Stripe Belt (4th Gup): Help Others

Stances

  1. Tiger stance

Hand Techniques

  1. Reverse supported palm press down block & back fist strike (tiger stance)
  2. Double scissors block (forward stance)
  3. Fist middle wedge block & pulling knee strike & double upper cut (cross stance)
  4. Fist low X-block (forward stance)
  5. Back fist strike (walking stance) & crescent kick & elbow target strike (horse stance)

Kicks

  1. Inside-out crescent kick
  2. Flying side kick

Forms

  1. Tae-Guek sah-jang (#4)

Breakings

  1. Double upper cut
  2. Flying side kick

Workout

  1. Jump squat (30)
  2. Jump legs up (10)

Weapons

  1. Sword (basic form): straight cut/diagonal cut/side cut

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 Red Belt (3rd Gup): Trust

Stances

  1. None

Hand Techniques

  1. Single mountain block (reverse forward stance) & pulling upper cut (forward stance)
  2. Double fist middle block (back stance) & middle punch (forward stance)
  3. Jump front snap kick & fist middle block & double punches (forward stance)
  4. Double knife hand middle block (tiger stance) & front snap kick (front leg)
  5. Single knife hand middle block (back stance) & elbow strike (forward stance) & back fist strike & middle punch (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. back kick/step back kick/jump back kick

Forms

  1. Tae-Guek oh-jang (#5)

Breakings

  1. Palm strike
  2. Jump back kick

Workout

  1. 15 feet round trip running: 5 times within 15 seconds

Weapons

  1. Sword 4 cuts

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 Red Stripe Belt (2nd Gup): Trust

Hand Techniques

  1. Arc hand neck strike (forward stance)
  2. Palm strike (forward stance)
  3. Outside-in knife hand strike/palm down (forward stance)
  4. Rock pushing (foward stance)
  5. Supported middle block (back stance) & spear hand strike (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. Wheel kick/step wheel kick
  2. Jump wheel kick
  3. Spin round house kick

Forms

  1. Tae-Guek yook-jang (#6)

Breakings

  1. Outside-in knife hand strike (palm down)
  2. Step wheel kick
  3. Spin round house kick

Workout

  1. Lay down back hold/ hold fence & legs lifting up (30)

Weapons

  1. Sword 4 cuts

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 J. Black Belt (1st Gup): No Fail

Hand Techniques

  1. Full mountain block (horse stance)
  2. Double punch (forward stance)
  3. Upward elbow strike (forward stance)
  4. Double elbow strike (horse stance)

Kicks

  1. Same leg front snap kick & side kick
  2. Same leg front snap kick & round house kick
  3. Same leg front snap kick & back kick
  4. Crescent outside-in kick & side kick
  5. Same leg round house kick & jump side kick

Forms

  1. Tae-Guek cheel-jang (#7)

Breakings

  1. Speed/power knife hand strike
  2. Round house/spinning round house/wheel kick

Workout

  1. Push up (20) & sit up (20) & jump knee up (20) …do it all in 1 minute

Weapons

  1. Sword sparring

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 J. Black Belt (1st Gup)/ For credit/star test

Hand Techniques

  1. High wedge block (horse stance)
  2. Middle wedge block (forward stance)
  3. Groin strike (forward stance)
  4. Grab a leg and knee break (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. Different leg front snap kick & side kick
  2. Different leg front snap kick & round house kick
  3. Different leg front snap kick & back kick
  4. Different leg side kick & back kick

Forms

  1. Tae-Guek pahl-jang (#8)

Breakings

  1. Speed/power knife hand strike
  2. Low/middle/high round house kicks & wheel kick

Workout

  1. Push up (30) sit up (30) jump knee up (30) jump squat (20) push up with wall (5)

Weapons

  1. Sword step sparring

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 1st Dan Black Belt (No Star)

Hand Techniques

  1. Full mountain block (horse stance)
  2. Double punch (forward stance)
  3. Upward elbow strike (forward stance)
  4. Double elbow strike (horse stance)
  5. High wedge block (horse stance)
  6. Middle wedge block (forward stance)
  7. Groin strike (forward stance)
  8. Grab a leg and knee break (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. Round house kick & 3 wheel kicks
  2. Two legs round house kicks & jump hook kick
  3. Jump back kick & wheel kick

Forms

  1. Ko-ryu

Breakings

  1. Speed/power spear hand strike
  2. 3 wheel kicks

Workout

  1. Six pack workout (hard workout)

Weapons

  1. Sword form #1

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1st Dan Black Belt (1 Star)

Hand Techniques

  1. Full mountain block (horse stance)
  2. Double punch (forward stance)
  3. Upward elbow strike (forward stance)
  4. Double elbow strike (horse stance)
  5. High wedge block (horse stance)
  6. Middle wedge block (forward stance)
  7. Groin strike (forward stance)
  8. Grab a leg and knee break (forward stance)

Kicks

  1. Low ground wheel kick
  2. 3 spinning round house kick

Forms

  1. Ko-ryu

Breakings

  1. Speed/power spear hand strike
  2. Low wheel kick & 3 spinning round house kick

Workout

  1. Six pack workout

Weapons

  1. Sword form #1

Hap-ki-do

  1. Hand techniques #1
  2. Fall technique #1

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 1st Dan Black Belt (2 Star)

Kicks

  1. Low, middle & high wheel kick

Forms

  1. Ko-ryu

Breakings

  1. Speed/power breaking spear hand
  2. Low & jump wheel kick

Workout

  1. Six pack workout (hard workout)

Weapons

  1. Sword form #2

Hap-ki-do

  1. Hand techniques #2
  2. Fall technique

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1st Dan Black Belt (3 Star)

Kicks

(Sparring steps with kicks)

  1. Forward step 1 with round house kick & spinning round house kick
  2. Forward step 2 with spinning round house kick & wheel kick
  3. Forward step 1 & 2 with double round house kick, spinning round house kick & wheel kick

Forms

  1. Ko-ryu
  2. Create your own form (more than 18 moves)

Breakings

  1. Reverse knife hand strike, knife hand strike, spinning round house kick & wheel kick

Workout

  1. Six pack workout (hard workout)

Weapons

  1. Sword form #3

Hap-ki-do

  1. Hand techniques #3
  2. Fall technique

UFC sparring

  1. All

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 1st Dan Black Belt (4 Star)

Kicks

(Sparring steps with kicks)

  1. Back step 1 with double round house kick
  2. Back step 2 with jump back kick
  3. Back step 1 & 2 with jump wheel kick

Forms

  1. Ko-ryu
  2. Create your own form (more than 23 moves)

Breakings

  1. Speed and power spear hand
  2. 5 wheel kicks (non-stop/speed)

Workout

  1. Six pack workout (hard workout)

Weapons

  1. Sword form #1,2 & 3

Hap-ki-do

  1. Hand techniques #4
  2. Fall technique

UFC sparring

  1. All

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 1st Dan Black Belt (5 Star)

Kicks

(Sparring steps with kicks)

  1. Side step 1 with double round house kick, x kick & spinning round house kick
  2. Side step 2 with x kick, spinning round house kick & step up jump wheel kick
  3. Forward step 2 with double round house kick, back step 1, side step 1, step forward spinning round house kick & wheel kick

Forms

  1. Ko-ryu
  2. Create 2 of your own forms

Breakings

  1. 5 spinning round house kicks (non-stop/speed)
  2. Step up jump wheel kick

Workout

  1. Six pack workout (hard workout)

Weapons

  1. Sword form (create your own form/more than 10 cuts)

Hap-ki-do

  1. Hand techniques #5 & all
  2. Fall technique

UFC sparring

  1. All

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 1st Dan Black Belt (6 Star)

Kicks

(Sparring steps with kicks)

  1. Switch step 1 & jump back wheel kick
  2. Switch step 2 & jump back wheel kick
  3. All steps do fast with punches and kicks
  4. Turning 1 step & spinning round house kick with step up turning wheel kick

Forms

  1. Ko-ryu
  2. Create 2 of your own forms (test on Tae-guek 1-8, Ko-ryu & 2 of your own forms)

Breakings

  1. 7 spinning round house kicks (non-stop/speed) & 1 back wheel kick
  2. Jump split kick

Workout

  1. Six pack workout (hard workout)

Weapons

  1. Sword form (create your own form/more than 10 cuts)

Hap-ki-do

  1. Hand techniques #1-7
  2. Fall technique (over a person)

UFC sparring

  1. Armbar, leg bar & choke

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