Technical Syllabus for 8th Kup

Technical Syllabus for 8th Kup

If you’ve been practicing the exercises in the previous syllabus of regaining your balance after simple kicking exercises, you will be ready to go onto the next stage of adding multiple moves. If you cannot kick and come back to a balanced position easily, don’t worry. Practice until you can and then continue with this new technique.

KEY TIP: Whenever you step into a stance while simultaneously executing an upper body technique. Your technique should hit the target at the same time as your foot makes contact with the floor. By doing this action all together the momentum you create by stepping forward increases your overall power. If you step and then make contact the majority of power is therefore lost.

EXERCISE: Execute a front snap kick and retract your leg to a good strong balanced position. Prepare for a punch. Try stepping into a forward stance and executing your punch at the same time. Remember to practice on both sides.


  • High rising block.
  • Middle section outer block. (opposite to previous syllabus)
  • High rising block, punch. Alternate hands.
  • Double punching.


  • Back stance.
  • Outer middle section block in a back stance.
  • High rising block, reverse punch in a forward stance.


  • Front snap kick, land in a fighting stance.
  • Turning kick, land in a fighting stance.
  • Front snap kick, turning kick, land in fighting stance.


When learning one-step sparring for the first time it is extremely difficult to coordinate until you understand the attacker’s role and the defender’s role. By breaking each task down and understanding what you are doing it will make it easier to learn until you grasp the concept.

Attacking Position

  • Basic movements of one-step sparring. The attacker steps back with right leg whilst executing a low section block over the knee. When they are called by their partner they must quickly step forward and deliver a high section punch.

Tips to remember:

  • A common mistake is stepping back so that the heels become in a straight line. This will mean you lose all your balance so will not be able to move quickly into the punch. Ensure you are in a forward stance.
  • Always make sure your punch has reaction force and is on target (upper lip).
  • Always ki-hap (shout) to let your partner know you are ready to attack.

Defending Position

  • The defender’s role is to evade the punches by moving and blocking and then performing a counter attack at the end. The most crucial part about defending is stepping that is why the previous exercises are so important. If you cannot step quickly with balance you will get hit.


From your ready position try stepping quickly with balance left foot to right foot. After you are confident add on a block. Then try different stepping techniques and a variety of blocks so you are confident with your blocking technique.

  • Move your left foot to your right and block high section outer block.
  • Take it in turns with both legs to step backwards into a back stance to move your head away from the punch. When you are happy you are in a correct back stance and your weight is proportioned properly (70% of your weight pushed backwards over back leg) try adding on a high section outer block. Remembering to block wrist on wrist.

Tips to remember:

  • Most beginners when concentrating on the block totally forget their stepping and lower body. Practice each sequence one step at the time, then when you are technically correct you can add speed.
  • Whenever blocking you should always block your partner’s wrist. The higher up the arm you make contact the harder it is to deflect their power.
  • Always make eye-contact with your partner when executing your techniques to maintain control and balance.
  • Always ki-hap (shout) on your final counter attack to let your partner know you have finished.


  • Take fighting stance. Concentrating on keeping the weight on the balls of the feet, jump up (not too high) and change your stance as well as your hands. Try to stay on the spot. Keep practicing until you are confident that when you land you have control over your balance and that you would be able to either step quickly or counter-attack in some way.
  • Try stepping forward and backwards quickly and in a straight line.