Three years from 3rd Dan/Poom. To be recommended by B.T.C.B. instructor (4th dan or above) or by written confirmation from B.T.C.B. Executive Committee.

This rank allows the holder to be an examiner for kup grade students and carries with it the title of “Sabom” (“Instructor”). Therefore, besides good technical ability, candidates must demonstrate thorough understanding of the mechanics and applications of techniques. At this level, candidates should be involved in teaching Taekwondo (although it is not essential that they run their own schools).

Candidate to have attended at least one seminar held by B.T.C.B. technical team since their last Dan grading.

Pyong Won to Koryo
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.

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 including take-downs. The attacker punches at the nose with meaning. The defender must move, block and counter with different techniques on each side and 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. 2 minutes duration, with two changes of partner for a further 2 minutes each. 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.

Against knife attack Free style; thrust only. Attacker must be disarmed. The aim is to show control of the knife by means of blocks, locks, strikes & take-downs. Attacks are continuous. Against grabs Free style. Attacker must be taken down. Attacker has the choice of how and what to grab.

Jumping two directional; candidate’s choice. Senior: 1 inch. Junior (under 16): focus mitt. The aim is to show proper control of your kicking foot or hand, standing foot, balance & distance.

These are the recommendations for 4th Dan/Poom by the B.T.C.B. Technical Committee.


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