Before you register you must already have your pink stripe.
Black Belt Grading Selections
By invitation only
You must have first passed the "beep test" and have completed at least 15 sparring sessions over the previous 4 months.
At selections, as well as the physical requirements, you will also be tested on your Taekwondo theory and you must hand in your Taekwondo essay.
Yong Muki Grading
Sparring Gear - Compulsory and recommended items
Groin Guards, Head Guard, Mouth Guards
Groin: Compulsory for males to attend a Team tournament or grading to Red Belt or higher.
Head: Compulsory for anyone to attend a Team tournament or grading to Red Belt or higher.
Mouth: Compulsory for any teen/adult to attend a Team tournament or grading to Red Belt or higher.
*please note - we highly recommend these items to keep your kids safe even if its just a "once off" sparring class to qualify for grading.
We understand there is some resistance for parents to purchase these items for beginner students so in those cases we make this compromise:
Students can attend a "once a term" sparring session to qualify for their grading without safety gear, however they will not be permitted to partake in the freestyle sparring section without a head guard and groin guard (males) and can only partake in the drills. Drills we can control to a much greater degree than the actual sparring which poses a much greater risk.
*A word on mouth guards for kids - The basic mouth guards we sell for kids are no where near the quality that you will get from a dentist and can be quite uncomfortable for the kids to wear as they do not often mold exactly to your child's mouth. Given that breathing correctly is quite important, especially during an activity like sparring, wearing the mouth guard may be more of a concern than trying to mitigate a relatively small potential of a striking risk.
If you have a dentist fitted mouth guard by all means wear it, if not, its optional.
*Also note - Every grading from blue 3 stripe to red and beyond, students will be required to perform full contact sparring on the day with their own gear. Contact sparring is relatively safe with the right gear, definitely not safe without it.
Arm and Leg Guards
Highly recommended but not compulsory for anyone participating in any sparring event - class, grading, tournament.
Hogu (Body Protector) We have plenty of these we can loan out, although if you're sparring regularly you will be better off with your own. Recommended but not compulsory for anyone participating in any sparring event - class, grading, tournament.
More training makes everyone happy! The best way to guarantee your grading.
The Grading Guarantee has been very effective in raising awarness of training frequency relative to achieving gradings. In short, those who make the recommended attendances per term (and are of the recommended minimum age for their belt) grade comfortably. The kids are happy, the parents are happy, the instructors are happy.
I would say that 95% of drop outs are those who don't come training enough. Kids can become discouraged easily when they feel they're not progressing as fast as their friends in their training group. In just about every case it's due to a lower than recommended training frequency.
As a parent i'm sure you didn't enrol your child to have them quit. I'm sure you'd like your child to earn their black belt one day and set themselves up for future success. So if you think your child might feel this way, encouraging them to get to training more often can make all the difference.
Grading Guarantee does not apply:
Please be aware that the Grading Guarantee does not apply to members who have come back from a break. Even if they attend the recommend amount of classes for the term to grade most will take extra time to catch up re-learning techniques they may not have practiced for some time.
Parents can be a great help with setting the right mindset and expectations for their children following a break. In our experience when a junior student comes back from a break they usually won't make the next grading. If their expectations aren't managed properly about half of these juniors will become discouraged and quit within the first month of coming back.
While suspending your child's training is okay, we just all need to be aware of how it effects their progress so we can keep the kids positive.
The guarantee also does not apply to Red 3's, Cho Dan Bo's and Black Belts as these gradings require quite a bit of home practice. As a guide, Red 3 to Cho Dan Bo usually takes abut 6 - 9 months and the same from Cho Dan Bo to Black Belt, even if the student is attending training quite often.
Time between Dan gradings as set out in the rules of the Kukkiwon (Taekwondo world headquaters in Korea) follow this basic formula - whatever Dan rank you are currently, that is the minimum amount of years before you can grade to a higher Dan. For example, if you're a 2nd Dan, its a minimum 2 years before you can grade again.
The club policy, aside from minimum times set out by Kukkiwon between gradings, is a minimum 6 months consistent training leading into your next Dan grading.
Missing gradings is part of your journey on the path to black belt. It's normal to miss gradings and it's up to us as parents to help your child have the right perspective. It's a long and rewarding journey and as part of that journey you're expected to develop the character to overcome disappointments from time to time. As our motto states, we teach Skills for Life! Please bear in mind that if you miss this grading the next one is only 3 months away.
If you’ve collected all of your stripes and you’re ready to grade but just can’t make it on the grading day due to other commitments you have three options
1 – grade in 3 months time having honed your skills to an even higher level
2- double grade at the next grading (this is something that will need to be managed on a case by case basis)
3 – book in a special grading on a different day (currently charged at an extra $70 on top of your normal grading fee)