Cho Dan

Belt Meaning

Black represents mastery, calmness, dignity, and sincerity. Black Belt is the final stage of the previous cycle. Thus we see that it is not only the end of one stage but, more importantly, the beginning of a path which leads up through the ranks of the higher Black Belts to true mastery.












Knowledge: Download the Student Manual

14 Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do: Student Manual, page 21

Meaning of South Korea’s Flag: Student Manual, page 23-24

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 the Association Symbol – Insignia: Student Manual, page 22

Korean phonetic and the (english meaning) for the opening/closing of class: Student Manual, page 30-33

Describe the Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do: Student Manual, page 21

Meaning of Tang Soo Do: Student Manual, page 9

Brief History of Korea and Korean Martial Arts: Student Manual, pages 9-14

Who is our Founder: Student Manual, pages 17-19

Name the Vital Points: Student Manual, page 22-23

The Structure of a Training Class

List the Purposes of Tang Soo Do: Student Manual, page 20

List the Five Codes of Tang Soo Do: Student Manual, page 20

Typed Essay: Student Manual, page 53


Basics

Hands: (Continue to Refine)
All learned techniques from Chun Kul Ja Seh and Hu Kul Ja Seh.
Required Two to Three Hand Combinations (connecting and simultaneous)
Link Combinations of Hand and Foot Techniques
Yuk Soo, Yuk Jin

Kicks: 
Required Two to Three Technique Combinations
Link Combinations of Hand and Foot Techniques
Double Leg Kicking (Same and Separate Techniques; Legs Together and Separated)
ALL KICKS WITH JUMPING
Flying Kicks

Stances: 
Front Stance (Chun Kul Ja Seh)
Horse Riding Stance (Kee Ma Ja Seh)
Fighting Stance (Hu Kul Ja Seh)
Side Stance (Sa Ko Rip Ja Seh)


Hyung

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


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. First Arm Bar
  2. Elbow & Sword Throw

Jo Ki Dae Ryun

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

  1. Catch and Release 
  2. Eat ‘em Up (E Dan Ahp)

Ho Sin Sul

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

  1. Around the Waist
  2. Bear Hug

Weapons

The WTSDA only has four official weapons required for training: Bo Staff, Knife, Sword, and Cane. To advance to Cho Dan Bo, you will demonstrate the second Bo Staff Form, Bong Hyung E Bu.


Sparring Drills

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

Won-Hyong Dae-Ryun (Partner Sparring looping and focus Drill):
Blue Belt: 180 Rev Crescent kick, Tornado kick (Back leg crescent followed by 360 crescent), 180 Hook kick
Download the full drill here


Breaking

  1. POWER 1 to 3 Boards utilizing hand or foot technique (children under 16 must use a foot technique)
  2. TECHNICAL 1 to 2 Boards utilizing a jumping foot technique
  3. SPEED 1 Board Speed Break with hand or foot 
  4. POWER, TECHNICAL, MENTAL 1 to 2 Brick Tiles utilizing a hand techniques for candidates 18 years or older only.

Association Membership Requirements

  1. Testing Fee – $130
  2. Building Fund Donation – $50 
  3. Instructor Certification – $15 Annually  
  4. Black Belt Membership – $40 for 3 years, $65 for 5 years, or $250 for Lifetime Membership