White signifies innocence, as in the student has no previous knowledge of TaekwonDo

Grading Requirements

For promotion to 9th kup

(at the discretion of the Examiner; not in any particular order)

Please remember that anything from previous gradings may also be required by the Examiner

Basic Exercises

Sajo Jirugi

Sajo Makgi


10 push-ups counting aloud in Korean

The Examiner will instruct students to perform a variety of techniques relevant to grade:


Sitting Stance, middle punch & double punch

Walking stance, middle punch & double punch

Walking stance, outer forearm low block & knifehand low block

Walking stance, inner forearm middle block

Walking stance, rising block

Note: A senior student may demonstrate the techniques required.

Pad Work/Fitness

You may be asked to perform various techniques using focus pads or kick-shields, and a short fitness ‘spirit test’. Do your best and keep pushing until the end. This is a demonstration of Indomitable Spirit – one of the Tenets of TaekwonDo.

New Theory Terms:

Please learn these new words/terms. Don’t forget all your previous theory!

Meaning of White Belt
What are the Tenets of TaekwoDo?Courtesy
Indomitable Spirit
Name your Instructor & Gradee.g. Mr Burdock, 5th Degree
Which country does TKD come from?Korea
Who was the founder of TaekwonDoMajor General Choi Hong Hi 9th degree Grandmaster
What date did TaekwonDo officially start?11th April 1955
Make a proper fist.
Which knuckles are used for punching?
What does TaekwonDo mean?Tae = means to jump, kick or smash with the foot
Kwon = means to punch or destroy with the hand or fist
Do = means art, way or method.
Korean for training suitDobok
Korean for Training HallDojang
Why do we perform Front Rising Kick?Stretching exercise
What does Sajo Jirugi mean?4 Directional Punch
What does Sajo Makgi mean?4 Directional Block

Theory Test

When you are ready, take your theory test here. New theory terms are on this page, but the test may include terminology from previous gradings. You will need to complete the test, scoring 70% in order to pass your grading; you can take the test as many times as you like. Once you have passed, the results will be saved to your student record.

You may also be asked questions during your grading.

Basic Exercise:

Sajo Jirugi (4 directional punch)

Sajo Makgi (4 directional block)

Below is a very useful video demonstrating all of the linework you may be asked to perform, as well as Sajo Jirugi and Sajo Makgi.