Grading Protocol

A Taekwon-Do grading is an official event where an examiner (sometimes external) tests all participating students to see if the are eligible and possess sufficient skill and knowledge to be promoted to the next grade. The list below outlines the steps taken before, during and after the grading, and the protocol that should be followed.

Before the grading begins

Grading - part 1 - theory

  1. Before the examiner arrives, the students will form straight lines according to grade.
  2. When the examiner enters the hall, the students will be called to attention (usually by the assistant instructor).
  3. After the examiner reaches the top of the class, the students will be instructed to bow to the examiner and dismissed to the back of the hall.
  4. Each student will be called to the floor to present for their grading. On hearing their name, the students should call 'Yes Sir' and run to their position where they will stand with their feet shoulder width apart and their hands behind their back.
  5. The students will be called to the table. The students should stop before reaching the table and form an attention stance. The examiner will ask the students to bow.The examiner will then ask the students theory questions relating to any aspects of their grade.
  6. The students at the table will then be dismissed where they will bow and take three steps back before turning their back on the examiner and returning to the end of the hall.
  7. At the end of the grading, all students will reform the lines and bow to the examiner before being dismissed.

Gradign - part 2 - techniques

  1. Before the examiner arrives, the students will form straight lines according to grade.
  2. When the examiner enters the hall, the students will be called to attention (usually by the assistant instructor).
  3. After the examiner reaches the top of the class, the students will be instructed to bow to the examiner and dismissed to the back of the hall.
  4. Each student will be called to the floor to present for their grading. On hearing their name, the students should call 'Yes Sir' and run to their position where they will stand with their feet shoulder width apart and their hands behind their back.
  5. After a number of students have been called the grading will begin. Students will be asked to perform techniques, patterns, sparring, body conditioning exerises (e.g. press ups / sit ups) etc. relevent to their grade.
  6. After the physical aspect, each student may be called to the table. The student should stop before reaching the table and form an attention stance. The examiner will ask the student to bow and step forward. The examiner may have comments, suggestions or questions for one or more students. If a power test is on the syllabus, this will usually carried out at this point.
  7. The students at the table will then be dismissed where they will bow and take three steps back before turning their back on the examiner and returning to the end of the hall.
  8. Throughout the grading, students may practice at the back of the hall provided they do not make too much noise or disturb the people grading.
  9. At the end of the grading, all students will reform the lines and bow to the examiner before being dismissed.

NOTE: The results of the grading will be given to the students at the next class or by some other means decided by the instructor.

 

Grading

Theory