Testing Info/Updates

Techniques Week

Watch the youtube videos to view your requirements and come to class with questions!

Make sure you talk to your teacher, if you are missing any tapes. And turn in you testing paperwork as soon as you can to avoid a late fee!

September Testing Paperwork is Due Sept 9th by 5pm

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September Testing Week Starts September 19th!

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Techniques – Green Tape

Techniques Week 1 & 2 are the first 2 weeks of each testing cycle we focus on all of the new techniques that will help you be successful throughout the testing cycle. We do drills to help you better understand how to do it as well as it’s function. This is a great time to work on P25’s for your past rank forms as well as getting your yellow tape (Terminology) passed off at the front desk.

You should have the following tapes:

At the end of week 1:

    • Full Yellow
    • 1/2 Green

At the end of week 2:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green

Poomsae – Black Tape

Poomsae is a group of preset movements organized in a specific way. Poomsae teaches us power, softness, tension, control, breath, flow, and so much more.

You should have the following tapes:

At the end of week 1:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • 1/2 Black

At the end of week 2:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • Full Black

*Remember that a P25 is necessary for each form required for your rank in order to get your Black Tape. Click Here to print off more P25’s.

Kicks – Blue Tape

Kicking is one of the many reasons we love Taekwondo. Each kick has a chamber, an extenstion and a retraction. When prcticing your kicks at home, make sure to check that you have all of those. If you’re not sure what the chamber is for a specific kick, ask your instructor.

You should have the following tapes:

At the end of week 1:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • Full Black
    • 1/2 Blue

At the end of week 2:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • Full Black
    • Full Blue

Self Defense – Brown Tape

Self Defense is so important! But if you are attacked, you don’t have time to think about what you are going to do next. Practicing consistently and making sure it’s in your body memory is key to getting a way from your attacker.

You should have the following tapes:

At the end of week 1:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • Full Black
    • Full Blue
    • 1/2 Brown

At the end of week 2:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • Full Black
    • Full Blue
    • Full Brown

Kick Combos – Red Tape

Kick Combos or multiple kicking is key to success. The more kicks you are able to do, the better chance you have at hitting your attacker. Kick combos take flow, foot work, memorization as well as making sure you have a chamer, extension, and retraction in each kick.

You should have the following tapes:

At the end of week 1:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • Full Black
    • Full Blue
    • Full Brown
    • 1/2 Red

At the end of week 2:

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • Full Black
    • Full Blue
    • Full Brown
    • Full Red
    • Full White 

Paperwork – White Tape

Your paperwork can be turned in at any time during the testing week using the quick drop off box located on the ledge under the TV by the front desk. It is due a week and a half before testing week so that we can have a better idea of who is testing and follow up on anyone who might have forgotten. Testing paperwork is emailed out a couple weeks before it’s due, or you can pick one up in the front entry way of the studio

By the end of Kick combo’s week two you should have all of 7 your tapes.

    • Full Yellow
    • Full Green
    • Full Black
    • Full Blue
    • Full Brown
    • Full Red
    • Full White 

You will need all 7 full tapes in order to test. If you are missing any, make sure to get them during review week.

 

Testing Commitment –           Tape

This tape allows instructors to see where each student is at. Many students choose to test every time, some choose to test every other time. Either way is great, because it allows students to grow at their own pace. And it allows the instructor to understand that they don’t need to stress about getting a student all of their tapes when they’ve chosen to wait. For some this tape is a visual indicator that reminds them what they’ve committed to and helps them keep working hard even when they don’t want to.

So talk with your student about what they want to do so that when their instructors asks them if they’ve committed they have an answer.

Goal Check-in:

How are your goals coming? Have you been successful so far? If not, what can you adjust to be more effective going forward? What’s getting in your way and solutions you can try?

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For your Green Tape:

To practice and pass off your green tape you need your free-sparring gear! For Green Belts and higher this means head gear & free-sparring boots as well as the gloves!

For Black Tape:

Remember that you need to do a Performance 25 for each of your required forms in order to get your black tape! Watch the youtube videos to review & Practice!

Sparring Hours:

You need 6 hours within the last 3 months at rank. Pleast know that sparring is a consistent requirement, so even if you odn’t test you need to attend sparring regularly!

Frequently Asked Questions about Testing

 

What do I do if I don't have enough class hours?

You need 18 class hours, and for green belts and above 6 class hours at rank, per testing cycle. You can attend an extra class in order to make up for a missed class or you can schedule a private lesson with the front desk. This is a great way to get one on one time focusing on what you specifically need in order to get ready for your test. Private lessons with 1-2 students count as 2 classes.

What day do I test?

Foundations 1: Tuesday @ 4 pm. Arrive by 3:55 pm.

Foundations 2: Thursday @ 4 pm. Arrive by 3:55 pm.

Basic: Tuesday @ 5:30 pm. Arrive by 5 pm.

Intermediate: Thursday @ 5:30 pm. Arrive by 5 pm.

Advanced: Tuesday @ 7 pm. Arrive by 6:30 pm.

BB Prelim 1st Degrees: Wednesday @ 5:30 pm. Arrive by 5 pm.

BB Prelim 2nd & 3rd Degrees: Wednesday @ 7 pm. Arrive by 6:30 pm.

 

What will I do at testing?

You will perform all of your curriculum (Kicks, Kick Combos, Poomsae & Self Defense). Watch this video for more details. https://youtu.be/SxhdN_oFtdo

 

Will I get my new belt the same day I test?

We have Rank Advancement Ceremony on the Friday of testing week. It is a fun event where we celebrate everyones hard work. We have awards for Outstanding Testers or students who displayed great Martial Arts Spirit. We often have performances by students who did a fantastic job in a certain area, by Beyond Force Demo Team, and more. You may win a prize for doing your P25’s! And there is a special drawing for students that have a Virtual Gold Medal in Attendance. So make sure you sign in every class period. And come Celebrate with us at 6pm the Friday of testing week!

What if I can't make it to Rank Advancement Ceremony?

If you miss Friday Rank Advancement Ceremony, you will receive your new belt during your next regular class. If you have something to pass off, make sure you remind your teacher so they can help you!

Testimonials

“What is the benefit of Color Belt Testing for me? Confidence!!! It also gives us short term goals to work on and achieve along with correction and encouragement. “

Mary Moore

Parent then Student

“[It] is an opportunity to show off the skills you’ve been mastering for the past 3-6 months and get real feedback on anything you’re not confident in. I learn more from my tests about my technique than from any other single exercise.”

Kaden Eyre

Student & Instructor

“My kids have practiced taking on challenges, and following through with commitments. They have grown in their confidence and seen real progress over time. I have been able too see visible progress in my learning, it has helped me to take risks and learn how to better manage adrenaline, and especially to celebrate my accomplishments in a supportive community. “

Suzanne Fry

Parent then Student

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