Grading Times & Information: Term 1, 2018
Wolves Haidong Gumdo Grading and Seminar
DATE: Saturday, 7 April, 2018
VENUE: Winmalee High School (see map below)
Wolves Taekwondo Club Colour Belt and Black Belt Grading
DATE: Sunday, 8 April, 2018
VENUE: Winmalee High School (see map below)
- 8.45am: Wolf Pack – All White Belts
- 9.30am: Wolf Pack – All Yellow Belts
- 11.00am: Wolf Pack – All Blue & Red Belts
- 12.00pm: Lunch Break
- 1.00pm: All Provisional Black Belts & All Dan Grades
- 3.00pm: Commando Wolves
- 4.00pm: Senior Grading – White, Yellow, Blue & Red Belts
Venue: Winmalee High School
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At Wolves Martial Arts we hold Gradings every Term (3 months). This duration is enough time for students to learn new techniques, and to improve and build on the techniques they have already developed through each previous belt level. We believe students should grade when they are ready, and when they feel they have developed the skills to reach the next belt level. Each formal grading is for all students of Wolves Martial Arts who have passed their Pre-Grading Evaluation. All students who have passed their Pre-Grading are encouraged to participate in the formal grading. The grading is the formal way to acknowledge the students' efforts and build on their confidence.
All students are graded on individual efforts. Some students may display natural abilities, but are not generally graded any higher than the student who displays genuine effort. Cancellations are refunded if the instructor is contacted no less than 72 hours prior to grading.
Official Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo examiner
All Taekwondo grading levels are acknowledged worldwide by the World Taekwondo Federation and Taekwondo Australia Inc. Master Andrew Johnston is acknowledged worldwide by the World Taekwondo Federation and Taekwondo Australia Inc. as an official Taekwondo examiner.
All Haidong Gumdo grading levels are acknowledged worldwide by the World Haidong Gumdo Federation. Master Andrew Johnston is acknowledged worldwide by the World Haidong Gumdo Federation as an official Haidong Gumdo examiner.
Haidong Gumdo Grading Information
The Haidong Gumdo Grading Syllabus is available directly from the Master of the school.
Taekwondo Grading Syllabus
The Wolves Taekwondo Grading Syllabus document sets out all the criteria required at a formal Wolves Martial Arts Taekwondo grading including Attendence Criteria, Direction, Goals and each individual Grading Syllabus for each belt (depending on your age group ie a Wolf Pack, Commando, Junior or a Senior).
Please note: Important changes to the Dan Grading process – as at August 2017
The process for gradings between Taekwondo Dans, e.g. from 1st Dan black belt to 2nd Dan black belt, is about to change. The Wolves Martial Arts group will be adopting a revised grading program during this year and, if you already have a Dan black belt, these changes will affect you.
Currently, once you have achieved a Dan black belt you must continue training for an extended period, with no further gradings during this period, before you are eligible to present for your next Dan grading. This often leads to students becoming bored and disenchanted while they wait for their next grading.
From Term 3, 2017 onwards we will be inviting our black belts to present for interim gradings between their major Dan gradings. Each of these interim gradings will focus on one or two aspects of your Taekwondo training. For example, you may be required to perform a high level self-defence technique and a technically perfect pattern, or to develop your own self defence technique or pattern. These gradings are designed to showcase your increasing understanding of your chosen martial art and your ability to perform at an increasingly high standard. The interim gradings will also assist you in preparing for your next Dan grading in a more evenly-paced way.
We have been working to a very similar interim grading program in Haidong Gumdo for a number of years and students have found it to be a much better way of progressing through their competencies and acquiring a deeper understanding of their martial arts. The interim gradings also take much of the pressure off preparing for your next Dan grading.
Your instructor will work with you to determine where you need to pick up these interim gradings, depending on how much time you have before you are eligible for your next Dan grading.
Download the Wolves Taekwondo Grading Syllabus now!
The updated Wolves Grading Syllabus is effective as from August 2017.
You can find the information on the new Black Belt Intermediate Stripe Syllabus on the following pages:
- Important Changes to the Dan Grading process: page 9
- Black Belt Intermediate Stripe Syllabus: page 10
- Self Defence Syllabus: page 11
- Dan Intermediate Stripe – Introduction Schedule: page 12
Taekwondo Belt Grades
Taekwondo belt levels are graded according to Taekwondo Australia Inc. guidelines.
Each level on your belt represents another set of techniques and skills achieved. Taekwondo belt levels are as follows:
Yellow 1 stripe: 9th Gup
Yellow 2 stripes: 8th Gup
Yellow 3 stripes: 7th Gup
Blue 1 stripe: 6th Gup
Blue 2 stripes: 5th Gup
Blue 3 stripes: 4th Gup
Red 1 stripe: 3rd Gup
Red 2 stripes: 2nd Gup
Red 3 stripes: 1st Gup
Junior Provisional Black Belt (7-10 years): Minor Cho Poom Bo
Junior Provisional Black Belt (11-15 years): Cho Poom Bo
Junior Black Belt 1 stripe: 1st Poom
Junior Black Belt 2 stripes: 2nd Poom
Senior Provisional Black Belt (16 years & over): Cho Dan Bo
Black Belt 1 stripe: 1st Dan
Black Belts continue up to 10th Dan, which is the highest belt level.