TaeKwonDo

Preparing Taekwondo Test

TAEKWONDO BELT TEST

As you may already know, one of the ways you measure progress in Taekwondo is through ranks.

At each new rank you will also receive a new belt that is colored according to you’re rank. Gaining a new rank is typically done through testing after months of practice.

For an instructor to consider a student eligible for testing you must have several things done.

First, you’re current forms must be crisp and clean, and you must perform them with kihaps in the correct places and with confidence, power and energy.

 It is important that while you should focus on you’re current form(s) that you should also continue to strengthen you’re past forms.

Practice of forms is not all you will need to be ready for testing however. You must also be able to spar at a level acceptable for you’re rank.

When practicing you’re sparring, try to get a partner who is at about you’re rank, or even better, spar with an instructor.

 Concentrate on controlling you’re moves and defending against you’re opponent’s techniques. Usually an instructor will want to spar with you extensively before he invites you to test.

Another important thing to have done is being confidant with you’re break. Break a board is often part of testing at higher ranks, and as such you should be able to perform it effectively.

I have seen many students fail to receive their new rank due to a failed break.

Many schools have time set aside on certain days specifically for breaking, you can pay a fee for wood and then show up and practice the break with instructors there to assist and guide you.

Once you have you’re forms under control, are proficient enough in sparring at you’re rank, and you know you’re break really well, you will most likely be invited to test.

Tests are held at various intervals depending on the school, but you will usually have a few weeks to prepare.

During this time you should make any final preparations. You may also want to research the art’s culture and origins as well, as some schools will administer a written test along with the physical one.

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Taekwondoe Round Kick

Taekwondoe ROUND kick

The Taekwondoe  round, or Taekwondoe  roundhouse kick, is one of the most useful moves in all of martial arts if used effectively.

The Taekwondoe round kick can deliver a quick and powerful strike in the blink of an eye. Power from the roundhouse kick comes from the momentum of you’re turning body, so if you are hitting for power then it is recommended that you wind up a little bit first.

It is easiest to execute the kick from a stance perpendicular to you’re opponent, this way you get the full effect of turning into you’re opponent. Once you have set up in you’re stance, you should bring you’re leg up in and begin to turn into the kick.

As you extend you’re leg you have a few options for striking you’re opponent. If you are aiming for the head you can strike with the top of the foot, however you could risk injuring yourself.

 A safer way to strike is curling the toes back and striking with the ball of the foot, as with a front kick.

 If performing a break you should always strike with the ball of the foot, as striking with the top of the foot can injure or break you’re foot.

If striking a human opponent in a combat situation, you can use strike with the shin, which will do a fair amount of damage if you strike to the solar plexus. A Taekwondoe round kick should send you’re opponent staggering if done with enough force, and it is perfect set up for a front kick to the chin.

You will frequently see a round kick used across martial arts, as it is a part of many, such as karate and kung-fu.

Mastering the Taekwondoe  round kick adds a powerful weapon to you’re arsenal of techniques, and prepares you for more complicated techniques that rely on rotational torque from the hips or legs to deliver a powerful strike.

The Taekwondoe round kick is also one of the most basic kicks in the Tae Kwon Do martial art, so learning it and learning it well is a must!

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TaeKwonDo Front Kick

One of the first kicks you will learn in TaekwonDo is the front kick.

 The TaekwonDo front kick has a variety of uses, but it’s speed will be one of the things you will find most useful about it is it’s speed, however a good front kick can also have sufficient power to send someone staggering.

To execute a TaekwonDo front kick you must be facing you’re opponent. When you have him lined up, you bring you’re thigh up so it forms a 90 degree angle to the rest of you’re body.

 The next step is extending the leg, great care must be taken to ensure that the toes are back so that when you’re foot strikes you’re opponent it will hit him with the ball of the foot, this ensures maximum damage to the opponent.

While this may not be important for forms or sparring (as in these mediums you are not attempting to hurt anyone.) It is of supreme importance in breaks, as if you strike toes down with the top of the foot then you will risk breaking bones.

When extending and turning the foot and toes up, you can hit whatever part of you’re opponent’s body you want to aim for.

The TaekwonDo front kick is extremely useful as a quick attack, although care must be taken to avoid giving you’re kick away. Make sure when you execute the technique that you do it quickly and unexpectedly, as telegraphing the move will allow you’re opponent to grab the leg and deliver a throw or counter.

Taekwon do Front Kick

When breaking with a front kick, you should position the board at a 45 degree angle to the ground. Perform a warmup kick or two and then decide on where to hit the board.

The kick should break the board cleanly so long as the toes are back and you hit the board with the ball of the foot.

The TaekwonDo front kick can also but faked with one foot and then performed with the other foot in a jump, this is typically called a jump-front kick.

Practice this move and it can be invaluable in many situations!

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