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About gradings

Gradings differ for different age groups, because children take longer to progress than adults do. Grade systems are divided into three categories:

  • Gradings for adults and teens,
  • Gradings for 12 years and under, and
  • Gradings for Taekwon-Do Kubz.

Gradings are a test. An invitation to grade is not a guarantee to pass - especially for grades in the adult and teen grading system.

We also expect students to compete in at least one tournament per year. We recommend the Regional Tournament, because our entire school gets behind this tournament and supports each other. We may have few competitors and no coaches at other tournaments.

If you have any questions that are not answered in this page, email Master Banicevich.

Gradings for adults and teens

These gradings are performed by a qualified Examiner of 4th degree or higher, and each grading must be approved by the Technical Director.

Master Banicevich is a qualified Examiner for these gradings.

To be eligible for grading, two weeks before grading a student must:

  • Have completed the minimum number of training sessions since their last grading:
    • 24 sessions for gup grades under blue belt;
    • 32 sessions for gup grades blue belt and above.
  • Pass a pregrading, including a theory test.
  • Satisfy your class instructor that you are following the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
  • Pay the grading fee (the week before the grading).

As a student progresses in rank, grades are harder to obtain, and more sessions may be required to meet the national standard.

The grades up to black belt are:

  • white belt, 10th gup
  • yellow stripe, 9th gup
  • yellow belt, 8th gup
  • green stripe, 7th gup
  • green belt, 6th gup
  • blue stripe, 5th gup
  • blue belt, 4th gup
  • red stripe, 3rd gup
  • red belt, 2nd gup
  • black stripe, 1st gup

Gradings for 12 years and under

Children take longer to progress than adults, and time also feels like it passes more slowly. Therefore, there are additional grades to help children realise that they are progressing.

Between each of the grades for adults and teens, are three extra grades represented by extra stripes. Young children usually do three extra gradings between the grades for adults. Children who train twice per week, especially older children at lower grades, may progress at twice the rate, and obtain two stripes at each grading.

To be eligible for grading, two weeks before grading a student must:

  • Have completed at least 10 training sessions since their last grading.
  • Pass a pregrading, including a theory test.
  • Satisfy your class instructor that you are following the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
  • Submit a completed report sheet without any "Poor" grades.
  • Submit a completed syllabus handbook or satisfactory training notebook.
  • Pay the grading fee (the week before the grading).

The grades up to black belt are:

  • white belt, 10th gup; white belt +1, white belt +2, white belt +3
  • yellow stripe, 9th gup; yellow stripe +1, yellow stripe +2, yellow stripe +3
  • yellow belt, 8th gup; yellow belt +1, yellow belt +2, yellow belt +3
  • green stripe, 7th gup; green stripe +1, green stripe +2, green stripe +3
  • green belt, 6th gup; green belt +1, green belt +2, green belt +3
  • blue stripe, 5th gup; blue stripe +1, blue stripe +2, blue stripe +3
  • blue belt, 4th gup; blue belt +1, blue belt +2, blue belt +3
  • red stripe, 3rd gup; red stripe +1, red stripe +2, red stripe +3
  • red belt, 2nd gup; red belt +1, red belt +2, red belt +3
  • black stripe, 1st gup; black stripe +1, black stripe +2, black stripe +3

Gradings for Taekwon-Do Kubz

The Kubz programme focuses on skills appropriate to young children. We are more interested in behavioural skills and safety skills than Taekwon-Do skills for this age group.

Before we invite a child to grade, we consider:

  • Has the student completed at least 10 sessions since their last grading?
  • How is the child participating in class?
  • How is the child's general behaviour?
  • Has the child's parent and teacher signed the permission slip for the next grade in the Kubz manual?
  • How old is the child, and how is the child developing physically, emotionally and cognitively?

The Taekwon-Do Kubz grades are:

  • Kubz white stripe
  • Kubz yellow stripe
  • Kubz green stripe
  • Kubz blue stripe
  • Kubz red stripe
  • Kubz black stripe