Six months from 1st kup.
To be recommended by B.T.C.B. instructor (4th Dan or above) or by written confirmation from B.T.C.B. Executive Committee.

Candidates must good technical ability in all areas of Taekwondo. Technical errors in performance should be rare.

Candidate to have attended at least one seminar held by B.T.C.B. technical team.

Choice of two by grading panel. Start and finish on same spot. Hit your targets. Use two hands to block and strike. Show speed, control, flexibility, balance and concentration of spirit.

Various kicking, blocking and punching techniques, to be chosen by the panel. Use two hands when blocking and striking. All kicks, strikes and blocks should follow the correct route to target and hit with the correct part of the hand or foot. Your standing foot/feet must be correct.

One-for-One Sparring - Performed on the spot, exhibiting varied techniques and speed. All techniques should be applied to relevant targets.
One-Step Sparring - Exhibit varied techniques. No take-downs.The attacker punches at the nose with meaning. The defender must move, block and counter doing the same techniques on both sides using good basics as above. To start, the attacker kihaps, then the defender. At this point the attack begins. The only kihaps from then on are as the defender strikes.
Free Sparring - Wearing full protective equipment, exhibit scoring techniques, with controlled light contact and speed. The aim is to show your ability to attack and defend using different heights and techniques. An understanding of current sports fighting techniques is essential.

Releases from hand and collar grabs. This should include locks and strikes to stop your opponent. You may offer the part you wish to be grabbed but must deal with it quickly.

Side kick Senior: 1 inch. Junior (under 16): focus mitt. The aim is to show proper control of your kicking foot (hitting with the knife edge), standing foot, balance & distance. Technique must demonstrate knife edge of the kicking foot.

These are the recommendations for 1st Dan/Poom by the B.T.C.B. Technical Committee.


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