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Grading Syllabus For The Traditional Tang Soo Do Association

2nd to 1st Gup (Red Belt, Two Tags)

Basic requirements

Current membership to the TTSDA
Approval of the instructor to grade
Regular class attendance of at least 6 months since the last meeting
Minimum age 9/10 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
Understanding Tang Soo Do philosophy
Be able to assist Instructors in teaching and class responsibilities
Formal written examination

Demonstration of Ability

Be able to demonstrate all previous requirements.
Understand and apply the Eight Key Concepts to all techniques.


Sustain 15 minutes of aerobic exercise
2 x 30 press-ups
3 x 30 sit-ups
2 x 50 Half squats

Hand/Leg Techniques (Soo/Jok Gi)

Be able to demonstrate any combination of foot and hand techniques requested.

Stances (Jaseh)

Crane stance (Han Bal Seo Kee Jaseh)

Staff (Bong)

Be able to demonstrate a full range of combinations with blocking (Mahk Kee) and striking (Kong Kyuk) techniques being applied in a variety of directional changes.

Forms (Hyungs)

Chil Sung Il Ro
Chil Sung Sam Ro

Sparring (Dae Ryun)

One step sparring (Il Soo Sik Dae Ryun) 15 to 18 (Ship O Bon to Ship Pahl Bon)
Free sparring (Ja Yu Dae Ryun) one to one (minimum 2 fights)

Self Defence (Ho Sin Sool)

Same side sleeve grip 1 to 4 (Il Bon to Sa Bon)

Breaking (Kyok Pa)

Knife hand strike (Soo Do Kong Kyuk) to a house brick.
Women may choose between a house brick or a ¾ inch breaker board.
Children under 18 years of age will be required to perform a jumping side kick (E Dan Yup Cha Gi) over three people to a ¾ inch. Breaker board.

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