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Grading Syllabus For The Traditional Tang Soo Do Association

2nd Dan to 3rd Dan (Midnight Blue Belt)

Basic requirements

Current membership to the TTSDA
Approval of the instructor to grade
Regular class attendance of at least 3 Years since the last meeting
Minimum age 18 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
To effectively manage and run a thriving club/ clubs.
To actively participate in the administration and management of the TTSDA.
Understand the history and philosophy of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan.
The capabilities of training all grades up to and including 2nd Dan to the required standards.
To manage an area of clubs and instructors effectively, ensuring complete adherence to TTSDA requirements.
To participate in and guide the administration and management of the TTSDA maintaining growth and smooth operation.
To have active input on technical and policy issues as and when required.
Understand the history and philosophy of Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan
An agreed thesis on Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan philosophy or a relevant subject related to Tang Soo Do (500 word min.), to be submitted to the TTSDA Chief Instructor at least 2 weeks prior to Grading.

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 E Dan
Naihanji Sam Dan
Chil Sung Sa Ro
Bong Hyung Sam Bu
In addition, any of the lower forms may be requested.
Moo Pahl Dang Khum (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, two to one and three to one sparring may be requested.
Self Defence (Ho Sin Sool)

A complete review of all self defence techniques may be requested.

Breaking (Kyok Pa)

Hand strike of choice to three house bricks or equivalent deemed suitable by the Chief Examiner.
Women must demonstrate 3 kicks of choice against multiple ¾ inch breaker boards
Children under 18 years of age to perform a jumping side kick (E Dan Yup Gha Gi) over five people to a ¾ inch breaker board.

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