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Blue Belt

“The tree reaches for the sky towards new heights.” Having passed the midway point, the student focuses his/her energy upwards toward black belt.

The color blue depicts the mental depth or maturity of an individual. Like the sea, we cannot see how deep the water is, or the continuously moving current underneath the surface. An individual must train to be strong mentally as well as physically.


The following are the required basic fundamentals necessary to test and pass the next belt exam.

Scissor Block
Cross Block
Check Block
Swallow Style-Knife Hand
Ox Jaw

Kicks & Transitions
Autobahn Kicks
Twist Kick
Skip Kicks

Blue Belt Fundamentals
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One Step Sparring

16 - 20

16. Side Kick (right foot), Inside Block (right hand) - Horse Stance, Backfist - Back Stance (right hand)

17. Side Kick (right foot), Inside Block (right hand) - Horse Stance, Side Chop - Back Stance (right hand)

18. Side Kick (left foot), Inside Block (left Hand) - Horse Stance, Triple Punch (right hand first) - Front Stance

19. Side Kick (right foot), Inside Block (right hand) - Horse Stance, Elbow Strike (right arm) - Horse Stance

20. Step Left, Check Block (left hand), Round Kick (right foot) - Horse Stance, Side Chop (right arm) - Horse Stance

Self Defense

7 & 8

- Shoulder Grab -

7. Grab opponent’s forearm, squat low, thrust hips back and throw enemy over same-side shoulder.

8. Grab Opponents Wrist, duck under their arm, commence police style arm lock.


Taegeuk Sa Jang

Taegeuk 4 represents thunder “meaning great power and dignity”.

Taegeuk Sa Jang
Key Movements

  1. Sonal Geodeuromakgi = High Knife Hand

    • Keep the arms moving at the same time, like puppet strings

    • The supporting hand (the back hand) should have the wrist positioned in front of the pit of the stomach.

    • The outside hand should move the same way as sonal bakkanamkgi (see poomsae #3)

  2. Pyeongsonkeut Sewojjireugi = Check down & Spear Hand

    • Position the stabbing hand’s elbow above the back of the supporting hand.

    • Stab straight from the waist.

    • Stab, don’t chop down.

  3. Jebipum Anchigi = hansonal ollyeo makgi + sonal anchigi = Swallow Style Knife Hand

    • Both arms stop simultaneously.

    • When striking with the inside chop, do not lock the elbow completely.

    • Chamber both arms on the same side hip as the chopping arm (not the high blocking arm).

  4. Momtong Bakkanmakgi = Outside Hammer Block

    • Chamber at the elbow of the opposite arm.

    • Rotate past the elbow, shoulder, centerline, and stop in front of the same-side shoulder.

    • Keep the fist directly in line of the shoulder if not slightly below it.

    • Keep the elbow 90°.

  5. Deungjumeok Apchigi = Backfist

    • Chamber inside the elbow of the opposite hand.

    • Cross the arms around the solar plexus.

    • Lower your elbow & attach your opponent’s philtrum.

    • Rotate your whole body to increase power.