International Taekwon-Do Federation

Saskatchewan GTF Ranking System

Grades Meaning of Colors Testing Requirements


In Saskatchewan GTF , the promotional scale is divided into 24 ranks. There are 15 grades (Gup) and 9 degrees (Dans). The colored belt scale begins with the 15th grade, the lowest, and ends at the first grade. The black belt scale starts with the first degree and ends with the ninth degree. In the degree scale, the number 9 was chosen because it was the highest single digit number. It is also the number 3 multiplied by 3. In the Orient, the number 3 carries high esteem. In China the number 3 is written as three horizontal lines, one above the other. The upper line symbolizes heaven, the middle line symbolizes mortals, and the bottom line symbolizes the earth. Also, in regards to the number 3, the degrees are divided into three distinct groups. The first through third degree are novice stages of the black belt, the fourth through sixth represent puberty while the seventh through ninth degree represent mastery of the art.

 

Grades

Black belt
Red-2 black stripes
Red-1 black stripe
Red belt
Blue-2 red stripes
Blue-1 red stripe
Blue belt
Green-2 blue stripes
Green-1 blue stripe
Green belt
Yellow-2 green stripes
Yellow-1 green stripe
Yellow belt
White-2 yellow stripes
White-1 yellow stripe
White belt

First to ninth degree
First grade
Second grade
Third grade
Fourth grade
Fifth grade
Sixth grade
Seventh grade
Eighth grade
Ninth grade
Tenth grade
Eleventh grade
Twelfth grade
Thirteenth grade
Fourteenth grade
Fifteenth grade

 


 

Meaning of Colors

WHITE:

Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of TaeKwon-Do.

YELLOW:

Signifies the earth or the seed from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the TaeKwon-Do foundation is being laid.

GREEN:

Signifies the plant's growth as the TaeKwon-Do skills begin to develop.

BLUE:

Signifies the heavens towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in TaeKwon-Do progresses.

RED:

Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.

BLACK:

Is the opposite of white, therefore, signifies the maturity and proficiency in TaeKwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.

 


 

Testing Requirements
Grade 15 - White Belt

1. Saju-Jirugi
2. Sitting stance, middle section punch
3. L-stance outer forearm middle guarding block
4. Front rising kick with low wedging block
5. Front snap kick and turning kick.
6. Questions

Grade 14 - One Yellow Stripe

1. Saju-Jirugi and Saju-Makgi
2. L-stance knife hand guarding block
3. Walking stance outer forearm rising block
4. Side piercing kick
5. Front snap kick and turning kick combination
6. Double punch, front snap kick combination
7. Questions

Grade 13 - Two Yellow Stripes

1. Saju-Makgi and Chon-Ji Tul
2. L-stance twin outer forearm block
3. Front kick and side kick combination
4. Double punch and turning kick combination
5. Turning side kick
6. Jumping front snap kick
7. Four-step sparring: 1, 2 & 3
8. Questions

Grade 12 - Yellow Belt

1. Chon-Ji Tul and Dan-Gun Tul
2. Jumping turning kick with leading leg
3. Jumping side kick with leading leg
4. Turning kick and turning side kick combination
5. X-stance, back-fist strike, side kick combination
6. Three step sparring: 1, 2 & 3
7. Semi-free sparring
8. Questions

Grade 11 - One Green Stripe

1. Dan-Gun Tul and Do-San Tul
2. X-stance hooking kick & turning kick combination with the same leg
3. Inside crescent and outside crescent kicks
4. Half crescent kick (axe kick)
5. Reverse hooking kick
6. Semi-free sparring
7. Questions

Grade 10 - Two Green Stripes

1. Two patterns chosen by the examiner
2. Jumping turning side kick
3. Reverse hook and turning kick combination with the same leg
4. Turning kick and reverse hook kick combination
5. Three-step sparring: 4, 5 & 6
6. Free Sparring
7. Questions

Grade 9 - Green Belt

1. Won-Hyo Tul & one pattern chosen by the examiner
2. Front kick, back kick and turning kick with the same leg
3. Jumping hook kick
4. Double turning kick
5. Flying front high kick & flying side kick with a target pad
6. Free sparring
7. Breaking
8. Questions

Grade 8 - One Blue Stripe

1. Two patterns chosen by the examiner
2. Reverse turning kick (spinning kick)
3. Turning kick & jump turning side kick combination
4. Double side kick
5. Flying turning kick with a target pad
6. Two-step sparring: 1, 2, 3 & 4
7. Free sparring
8. Breaking
9. Questions

Grade 7 - Two Blue Stripes

1. Yul-Gok Tul and one pattern chosen by the examiner
2. Sitting stance "W" shape block
3. Jumping turning kick and jumping hook kick combination
4. Turning kick and reverse turning kick combination
5. Sliding: front snap kick, turning kick and side piercing kick
6. Breaking
7. Free sparring
8. Questions

Grade 6 - Blue Belt

1. Two patterns chosen by the examiner
2. Jumping reverse hook kick
3. Jumping axe kick
4. Double punch, turning kick and reverse turning kick combination
5. Double punch, turning kick and turning side kick combination
6. Two-step sparring: 5, 6, 7 & 8
7. Breaking
8. Free sparring and questions

Grade 5 - One Red Stripe

1. Joon-Gun Tul and one pattern chosen by the examiner
2. Jumping reverse turning kick
3. High reverse turning and low reverse turning kick combination
4. Turning 360 degrees jumping turning kick (mid-air jumping turning kick)
5. Step sparring chosen by the examiner
6. Breaking
7. Free sparring
8. Questions

Grade 4 - Two Red Stripes

1. Two patterns chosen by the examiner
2. Mid-air (360o) inside crescent kick
3. Reverse axe kick
4. X-stance, back fist, side kick and jumping turning side kick
5. One step sparring: 1, 2, 3 & 4
6. Breaking
7. Free sparring
9. Questions

Grade 3 - Red Belt

1. Toi-Gye Tul and one pattern chosen by the examiner
2. Rear foot stance knife hand guarding block
3. Double turning side kick
4. Flying reverse turning kick
5. Mid-air turning side kick on a target pad
6. One step sparring: 5, 6, 7 & 8
7. Breaking
8. Free sparring
9. Questions

Grade 2 - One Black Stripe

1. Hwa-Rang Tul and one pattern chosen by the examiner
2. Jumping 360 degrees to an L-stance knife hand guarding block
3. Sliding front snap kick, turning kick and side kick holding the leg up
4. Turning kick and jumping reverse turning kick combination
5. Knee step sparring: 1, 2 & 3
6. General self-defence
7. Breaking
8. Free sparring
9. Questions

Grade 1 - Two Black Stripes

1. Jee Goo Tul, Choong-Moo Tul and two patterns chosen by the examiner
2. Four directional turning kick and side kick holding leg up
3. Flying reverse turning kick on a target pad
4. Double flying side kick on a target pad
5. Any kicking combinations
6. Knee step sparring: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
7. Step sparring chosen by the examiner
8. Breaking
9. General self-defense
10. Free sparring
11. Questions
12. Two page essay

First Degree Black Belt

1. Gwang-Gae, Po-Eun, Ge-Baek & other patterns chosen by the examiner
2. Mid-air turning side kick and reverse turning kick
3. Flying kicking techniques on target pad
4. Two directional kick in mid air
5. Own special technique - breaking
6. Any step sparring chosen by the examiner, starting with either right or left foot back
7. Wrist releasing techniques
8. Break falls
9. General self-defense
10. Power breaking
11. Free sparring
12. Questions
13. Two page essay

Second Degree Black Belt

1. Eui-Am, Choong-Jang, Ko-Dank, Jook-Am and other patterns chosen by the examiner
2. Kicking and punching combinations
3. Jumping and flying kicks
4. Special techniques
5. Any step sparring chosen by the examiner and free step sparring
6. Wrist releasing techniques
7. Break falls
8. Self-defense techniques
9. Power breaking
10. Free sparring
11. Questions
12. Two page essay

 



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