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Gradings

UTA NI Grading Syllabus

Tae Kwon Do consists of a series of Grades which are known as Kup and Dan. Kup grades are marked with belts and tags, a different colour for each one. You make your way through these coloured belts before reaching the black belt. This should take around three and half to four years with hard training.

Once you have gained your first Dan (black belt), the journey has not ended, in fact it has just begun. There are years of hard training between each level of black belt or Dan as they are known. The gradings aim to demonstrate what you know and help you identify areas to work on. It"s a continuous learning process.

UTA NI Grading Guide

Quarterly Kup Gradings

Conducted by Master Glen Culbert 7th Dan WTF:
  • September
  • December
  • March
  • June

UTA NI Kup Grading Panel

Master Glen R Culbert Master Thomas Needham Master Peter Stewart
Master Glen R. Culbert
7th Dan
Master Thomas Needham
5th Dan
Master Peter Stewart
5th Dan
  • Details of Grading Dates and times are passed to the students by club instructors

UTA Dan Gradings

  • April
  • October
UTA Dan Grading Panel
Grand Master TW Shin Master David Bailey Master Peter Johnson
Grand Master TW Shin
9th Dan
Master David Bailey
7th Dan
Master Peter Johnson
7th Dan
  • Details of Grading Dates and times are passed to the students by club instructors

Ranking System

Belt Kup Grade Belt & Meaning
White Belt 10th Kup


9th Kup
White Belt

Signifies innocence as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo
Yellow Belt 8th Kup


7th Kup
Yellow Belt

Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundations of Taekwondo are being laid
Green Belt 6th Kup


5th Kup
Green Belt

Signifies the plants growth as Taekwondo skills begin to develop
Blue Belt 4th Kup


3rd Kup
Blue Belt

Signifies the heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses
Red Belt 2nd Kup


1st Kup
Red Belt

Signifies danger cautioning the student to exercise control and warning opponents to stay away
Belt Dan Grade Belt & Meaning
Black Belt 1st Dan - 9th Dan Black Belt

Opposite to White, therefore, signifies the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo. Also indicates the wearer"s imperviousness to darkness and fear

Requirements for Kup Gradings

  • Applicants must have membership of UTA / UTA NI and hold a valid license and insurance The UTA (NI) Registrar will confirm membership for each applicant
  • Applicants must hand in their Grading Application form with UTA Grading Booklet and valid License / insurance slip attached, plus grading fee
  • Applicants must complete the required minimum training period and number of sessions between each grade
Grade:
from / to
Minimum
Training period
Minimum
Training Sessions / week
Minimum
Sessions between grades
10th - 9th Kup 3 Months 2 Sessions per week 26 Sessions
9th - 8th Kup 3 Months 2 Sessions per week 26 Sessions
8th - 7th Kup 3 Months 2 Sessions per week 26 Sessions
7th - 6th Kup 3 Months 2 Sessions per week 26 Sessions
6th - 5th Kup 3 Months 2 Sessions per week 32 Sessions
5th - 4th Kup 3 Months 2 Sessions per week 32 Sessions
4th - 3rd Kup 3 Months 2 Sessions per week 32 Sessions
3rd - 2nd Kup 3 Months 2 Sessions per week 32 Sessions
2nd - 1st Kup 6 Months 2-3 Sessions per week 60 Sessions + 80% of official technical classes
  • Students who received a weak standard result at the previous grading must have trained for a minimum of 6 months before being eligible to take the next grading
  • Applicants must be recommended by their club Instructor
  • Applicants 2nd Kup to 1st Kup are required to be recommended by their club instructor and the Area Chief Instructor
  • Applicants must show correct attitude and etiquette through out Taekwondo training
  • Applicants must show support to Club, UTA NI and UTA
  • Applicants must apply the Tenets of Taekwondo

Requirements for Dan / Poom Gradings

  • Applicants must have Membership of UTA NI/ UTA and hold a valid license and insurance for a minimum of 12 Months before Grading date
  • Applicants must hand in their Grading Application form with UTA Grading Booklet and valid License / insurance attached, plus Grading fee
  • Applicants must have the required qualifications as set down in the Grading Syllabus and the 1st Kup and Dan Qualifying Conditions (Grading Policy: 002) before applying for the grading
  • Applicants 1st Kup and above are required to be recommended by their Club Instructor and by the Area Chief Instructor (Glen R. Culbert 7th Dan)
  • Applicants 3rd Dan and above are required to be recommended by the UTA (NI) Executive Committee, Area Chief Instructor and approved for grading by the Chief Instructor (Master T.W. Shin 8th Dan)
  • Applicants must complete the required minim training period between each Grading
Time & age limits for Poom / Dan Promotions
Poom / Dan: from / to Min. Training Time
Age Limit for Promotion
1st Dan up 1st Poom up
Min. Sessions / week
1st Kup - 1st Poom 6 months
Below 15 yrs
2-3 Sessions per week
1st Poom - 2nd Poom 2 years
Below 15 yrs
2-3 Sessions per week
2nd Poom - 3rd Poom 3.5 years
Below 15 yrs
2-3 Sessions per week
1st Kup - 1st Dan 6 months
Age 15 yrs +
2-3 Sessions per week
1st Dan - 2nd Dan 2 years
Age 15 yrs +
2-3 Sessions per week
2nd Dan - 3rd Dan 3.5 years
Age 15 yrs +
2-3 Sessions per week
3rd Dan - 4th Dan 4 years
Age 18 yrs +
3-4 Sessions per week
4th Dan - 5th Dan 4.5 years
Age 22 yrs +
4-5 Sessions per week
5th Dan - 6th Dan 5 years
Age 30 yrs +
4-5 Sessions per week
  • Applicants Require a minimum of 80% attendance at official Technical training sessions one year before date of grading
  • Applicants require a minimum of 100% attendance at Master Training Seminars one year before grading date
  • Applicants must show correct attitude and etiquette through out Taekwondo training
  • Applicants must show support to their club, UTA NI, UTA and WTF
  • Applicants must apply the Tenets of Taekwondo

Poom Recognition

A Poom holder under UTA rules shall wear a black and red belt and a black and red V neck uniform and a Dan holder shall wear a black belt and black V neck uniform. There is no difference in status between Dan and Poom grades only that a Poom is a junior member. He/she will still take their earned place i.e. 2nd Poom above 1st Dan belt in all aspects.

A Poom grade holder on becoming 15 yrs old will become a Dan grade holder.

If a Poom holder who has passed the age of 15 applies for a promotion to a next higher Dan grade, the required period of training shall be calculated from the first day when he/she obtained the present grade. However, when a 3rd Poom holder wants to be promoted to the 4th Dan, his/her age shall be over 18 years.

Grading Costs

Prices
Kup Grades
10th Kup - 9th Kup£15
9th Kup - 8th Kup£15
8th Kup - 7th Kup£20
7th Kup - 6th Kup£20
6th Kup - 5th Kup£20
5th Kup - 4th Kup£20
4th Kup - 3rd Kup£20
3rd Kup - 2nd Kup£20
2nd Kup - 1st Kup£20
GradeUTA FeeKukkiwon Fee
1st Kup - 1st Dan / Poom£80£50
1st Dan - 2nd Dan / Poom£90£60
2nd Dan - 3rd Dan / Poom£120£80
3rd Dan - 4th Dan£140£100
4th Dan - 5th Dan£150£200

Downloads

Kup Grading Syllabus

Dan Grading Syllabus

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