5th Gup – Green Belt

Belt Meaning

Green represents the speedy development of youth as summer arrives.


14 Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do 

  1. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
  2. Do not be overly ambitious.
  3. Frequently inspect your own achievements.  

Meaning of South Korea’s Flag

  • Tae Kuek Ki: name of flag in Korean
  • Um Yang: a circle divided equally and in perfect balance. It is the ancient symbol of the creation of the universe representing opposing yet complementary forces. Although in constant movement, balance and harmony are maintained.
    • Um: The lower blue section. Soft, Cold Force.
    • Yang: The upper red section. Hard, Hot Force.
  • 3 Solid Lines: Upper Left – Heaven
  • 3 Broken Lines: Lower Right – Earth
  • 1 Broken Center Line: Lower Left – Fire
  • 1 Solid Center Line: Upper Right – Water

Meaning of the United States of America’s Flag

  • Adopted: originally June 14, 1777 by the Second Continental Congress. It has since gone through 26 modifications to produce the flag we have today.
  • Stars: The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial. Fifty stars represent fifty states of the union.
  • Stripes: The stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun. Thirteen stripes represent thirteen colonies that declared independence from Great Britain to form the United States of America.
  • Colors: Red, White and Blue
    • Red: valor, bravery and sacrifice
    • White: purity, innocence and peace
    • Blue: vigilance, perseverance and justice

Meaning of Tang Soo Do: Student Manual, page 9

Brief History of Korea and Korean Martial Arts: Student Manual, pages 9-13

World Tang Soo Do Association History: Student Manual, pages 13-14


All learned hand techniques from Chun Kul Ja Seh and Hu Kul Ja Seh.
Required Two Hand Combinations
Center Knife Hand Block (Soo Do Mahk Ki)
Low Knife Hand Block (Ha Dan Soo Do Mahk Ki)
Spear Hand Punch (Kwan Soo Kong Kyuck)
Two Hand Defense (Ssang Soo)

Spinning Back Kick (Dwi Tollyo Cha Ki)
Axe Kick (Cchick Ki)
Hook Kick (Yup Hu Ryo Cha Ki)
Wheel Kick (Dwi Hu Ryo Cha Ki)
O/I Crescent Kick (Phakeso Ahnu Ro Cha Ki)
I/O Crescent Kick (Ahneso Phaku Ro Cha Ki)
Required Two Technique Combinations

Front Stance (Chun Kul Ja Seh)
Horse Riding Stance (Kee Ma Ja Seh)
Fighting Stance (Hu Kul Ja Seh)


Each belt grade has a hyung (form) requirement. Most grades only have one new form. Below is the hyung required to advance to 5th Gup.

Soo Ki Dae Ryun

Students will learn two self-defense techniques at each grade utilizing some type of block, evasion, and/or counter strike.

  1. Down the Line
  2. Punch and Five again

Jo Ki Dae Ryun

Students will learn two self-defense techniques at each grade utilizing some type of block, evasion and/or counterstrike.

  1. Through the Spine
  2. Outside and Hook

Ho Sin Sul

Students will learn two self-defense techniques at each grade utilizing some type of joint manipulation or throw.

  1. Elbow Throw
  2. Side Headlock


The WTSDA only has four official weapons required for training: Bo Staff, Knife, Sword, and Cane. A weapons form is not required until advancing to senior Brown Belt/3rd Gup.

Sparring Drills

One on One (LIGHT contact – touch uniform only!)

Won-Hyong Dae-Ryun (Partner Sparring looping and focus Drill):
Green Belt: Low/High Roundhouse, Skip Sidekick, Side Punch from Horse stance
Download the full drill here


1 to 2 Boards utilizing hand or foot technique (children under 16 must use a foot technique)

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