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About gradings

There are three different types of gradings, and they have different requirements:

  • National gradings,
  • Partial gradings, and
  • Kubz gradings.

Gradings are a test. An invitation to grade is not a guarantee to pass - especially for national gradings.

We also require 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. Students who do not compete in a tournament in the first two terms of the year are not eligible to grade at the end of term 2.

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

National Gradings

National 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 national gradings.

To be eligible for a national grading, two weeks before gradingĀ 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.
  • Those under 13 years must submit a completed report sheet without any "Poor" grades.
  • Those under 13 years must submit a completed syllabus handbook or satisfactory training notebook.
  • Pay the grading fee (the week before the grading).

Children often require twice the minimum number of sessions before they are ready for a national grade. This is why we have partial grades.

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

Partial Gradings

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

To be eligible for a partial grade, 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).

Kubz Gradings

The Kubz programme focusses 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?