Taekwondo Grading

Grading is a physical examination that martial artists need to take to attain their next belts. 

Kup (coloured) belt gradings are usually four times a year, meaning three months between grades. It depends on how often you train, how much you practise and how quickly you learn as to when you grade. The grading process is not a rush and you are far better taking your time through the coloured belts and learning as much as possible.

On average if you train 2/3 times a week it is usual that you will be allowed to grade every three months, however you have to remember the higher grade you get the harder it gets, so timing between grades may be longer.  

Students start at white belt and have to attain another 8 belts until they reach black. On rare occasions a student can double promote this means that they skip their next belt and automatically gain the one above. This is quite rare and for students to double promote they must achieve excellence throughout their entire grade.

What to expect

  • Basics up and down the hall. This will include stances, blocking, striking, punching and kicking.
  • Poomsae. You can be asked to do any poomsae up to your level, so it is vital that you always practise previous patterns as well.
  • One-Step Sparring. Pick your 5 best techniques and perfect them for your grade.
  • Self Defence. Again pick 5 techniques and keep repeating over and over again.
  • Free Sparring.


Click on the links below to take you to your related syllabus and see what you should be practising.

Grade Belt Meaning
9th Kup White Belt Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo
8th Kup White Belt/ Yellow Tag  
7th Kup White Belt/Double Yellow Tag  
6th kup Yellow Belt Signifies Earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwondo foundation is being laid
5th Kup Yellow Belt/Blue Tag  
4th Kup Blue Belt Signifies the heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses.
3rd Kup Blue Belt/Red Tag  
2nd Kup Red Belt Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control, and warning the opponent to stay away
1st Kup Red Belt/Black Tag  
1st Dan Black Belt Opposite of white: therefore signifying a Student’s maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo. Also indicates the wearers’ imperviousness to darkness and fear