Skills tournament and grading fees update

Skills tournament 1 April

This term, we are holding a Taekwon-Do skills tournament on Saturday 1 April, from 9am until about 1pm. It will be loads of fun, and a safe and fun way to try your Taekwon-Do skills! If this day is successful, we may make it a regular event.

  • We will need help from students 13 years and above to run the event;
  • All students aged 12 and below should compete (including Taekwon-Do Kubz);
  • Junior grading fees include entry into the tournament;
  • For other children, the entry fee is $25.

All competitors will receive a certificate to collect stamps or stickers that indicate their results in four events. All students will get two opportunities at every event.

  1. Patterns skills and patterns
  2. Free sparring drills and free sparring
  3. Special technique
  4. Power test


Our target will be for children under 9 to compete 9:00-10:30am, and children 9-12 to compete 10:30am-1:00pm. Please allow extra time in case we need more than the allotted time to complete each age group.

Patterns skills and patterns

Students will compete against each other two at a time. Yellow stripes and above will perform their own pattern in their first contest, and a random pattern in their second contest. (First blue – saju jirugi; first red and black – saju makgi; first green, white and Taekwon-Do Kubz – low block backwards and middle punch forwards.) Judges will choose the winning student.

Free sparring drills and free sparring

Students will compete against each other two at a time. Those with free sparring gear will free spar for one round of two minutes. Those without free sparring gear will perform free sparring drills to pads. Judges will choose the winning student.

Special technique

Students will perform two techniques for height: flying high kick, and flying high side piercing kick. Students will be grouped by height, and then have two attempts per technique to reach the minimum height. Those who are successful can attempt the next height. The shorter group will start flying high kick at 1 metre; the taller group will start at 1.5 metres. Green belts and above will be in a separate division starting higher.

Power test

Students will perform two techniques for power. Those below green belt will hit pads for distance with forefist punch and side piercing kick. Those green belt and above will attempt boards with front elbow strike and side piercing kick. Students will have two attempts at each technique.

Taekwon-Do Kubz grading

The Taekwon-Do Kubz grading will take place during the tournament. Taekwon-Do Kubz will be asked their theory questions in front of parents, while other activities are happening.

Grading fees

This year we are restructuring our grading fees. As we now have different books at each level, rather than asking students to buy books after they grade, we will include these books in the grading fees. We are also aligning junior grading fees with Taekwon-Do Kubz grading fees, and including a skills tournament in the grading fee (pilot tournament is 1 April).

New grading fees are:

  • Kubz grading fees and junior grading fees, $45 per person;
  • Gup grading fees, $90 per person (including syllabus book where relevant).

Syllabus books will be provided as follows:

  • Young children who grade to 9th gup yellow stripe, yellow stripe syllabus handbook;
  • All students who grade to 8th gup yellow belt, yellow belt syllabus handbook;
  • All students who grade to 6th gup green belt, green belt syllabus handbook (once released later this year).

To understand the difference between junior gradings and gup gradings, read this page.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email Master Banicevich.