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Grading Syllabus For The Traditional Tang Soo Do Association

1st Gup to 1st Dan (Midnight Blue Belt)

Basic requirements

Current membership to the TTSDA
Approval of the instructor to grade
Regular class attendance of at least 12 months since the last meeting
Minimum age 11 years

General Knowledge

General rules of class attendance
Basic Tang Soo Do etiquette
Basic Tang Soo Do terminology
Correct Tang Soo Do attitudes
Additional knowledge of Tang Soo Do terminology
Be able to count to ten in Korean
The five basic principles of Tang Soo Do
Understanding the principles behind balance, speed, power and focus
Conversant in Tang Soo Do terminology
Be able to assist Instructors in teaching and class responsibilities
The capabilities of assisting in the training of lower grades with the minimum of supervision by the class Instructor.
The ability to assist in the organisation of TTDSA events.
Understand the history and philosophy of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.
Sit a formal written examination.

Demonstration of Ability

Understand and apply the Eight Key Concepts to all techniques.


Sustain 20 minutes of aerobic exercise
3 x 30 press-ups
3 x 30 sit-ups
3 x 50 half squats

Hand/Leg techniques (Soo/Jok Gi)

Be able to demonstrate any technique requested either singularly, combination or jumping.

Forms (Hyungs)

Naihanji Cho Dan
Chil Sung Il Ro
Chil Sung Sam Ro
Bong Hyung Il Bu
In addition, any of the lower forms may be requested

Moo Pahl Dang Khun (Eighth Martial Way)

Be able to demonstrate the set of eight Ki Gong breathing exercises.

Sparring (Dae Ryun)

One step sparring (Il Soo Sik Dae Ryun) sequence 1 to 18 (Il Bon to Ship Pahl Bon)
Free sparring (Ja Yu Dae Ryun)
One to one (minimum 2 fights)
Two to one

Self Defence (Ho Sin Sool)

Complete review of self defence techniques.

Breaking (Kyok Pa)

Backfist strike (Kap Kwon Kong Kyuk) to a house brick or equivalent deemed suitable by Chief Examiner.
Women must demonstrate a jumping kick of choice against a ¾ inch breaker board.
Children under 18 years of age to perform a jumping side kick (E Dan Yup Cha Gi) over five people to a ¾ inch breaker board.

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