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Grading Syllabus For The Traditional Tang Soo Do Association

5th to 4th Gup (Green Belt, Two Tags)

Basic requirements

Current membership to the TTSDA
Approval of the instructor to grade
Regular class attendance of at least 3 months since the last meeting
Minimum age 8 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

Demonstration of Ability

Be able to demonstrate all previous requirements.


Sustain 10 minutes of aerobic exercise
30 press-ups
40 sit-ups
60 half squats

Hand Techniques (Soo Gi)

Reverse high knife hand strike (Teul Oh Sang Dan Soo Do Kong Kyuk) in front stance (Chun Gul Jaseh)
Reverse elbow strike (TeulOh Pal Koop Kong Kyuk) in front stance (Chun Gul Jaseh)
Two fist low block (Ssang Soo Ha Dan Mahk Kee) in front stance (Chun Gul Jaseh)
Double hand combinations in any stance required

Foot Techniques (Jok Gi)

Spinning back kick (Dwi Hu Ri Gi) in sparring stance (Dae Ryun Jaseh)
Knee kick (Moo Roop Cha Gi) in sparring stance (Dae Ryun Jaseh)
Jumping roundhouse kick (E Dan Dollyo Cha Gi) in sparring stance (Dae Ryun Jaseh)

Forms (Hyungs)

Pyung Ahn Sam Dan
Pyung Ahn Sa Dan
Chil Sung E Ro

Sparring (Dae Ryun)

One step sparring (Il Soo Sik Dae Ryun) sequence 9 to 12 (Ku Bon to Ship E Bon)
Free fighting (Ja Yu Dae Ryun) one to one

Self Defence (Ho Sin Sool)

Wrist grip on both wrists 1 to 4 (Il Bon to Sa Bon)

Breaking (Kyok Pa)

Back kick (Dwi Cha Gi) to a ¾ inch breaker board
Knife hand strike (Soo Do Kong Kyuk) to a ¾ inch breaker board-adults only.
Women and children under 16 years, half of a ¾ inch breaker board.

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