15 - Blue Belt

Congratulations on earning your 5th kup (Blue) belt in Tae Kwon Do. The blue belt signifies the sky towards which the plant reaches as it grows. You are now beginning the second half of your training on the way to your black belt.

15.1 - What You Will Learn in Blue Belt

As a Blue belt, you will continue to refine the techniques you have learned to this point.

You will learn three additional Poom Se: Palgwe O Jang, Pyung An Sa Dan and Tae Guek Sa Jang. As usual, these forms are in addition to the sixteen forms you have already learned. You must continue to develop the white belt through 2nd green belt forms.

You will learn three additional self-defense techniques.

15.2 - The Blue Belt Examination

To pass the examination for your 2nd blue belt, you will have to perform the following nineteen forms:

Ki Cho Il Bo, Ki Cho E Bo, Ki Cho Sam Bo, Tae Keuk Cho Dan, Pyung An Cho Dan, Tae Guek Il Jang, Tae Keuk E Dan, Pyung An E Dan, Tae Guek E Jang, Tae Keuk Sam Dan, Pyung An Sam Dan, Tae Guek Sam Jang, Pyung An Sa Dan, Tae Guek Sa Jang, Palgwe Il Jang, Palgwe E Jang, Palgwe Sam Jang, Palgwe Sa Jang, Palgwe Oh Jang.

The white, yellow, second yellow, green and second green belt forms should be well developed; the Blue belt forms should be crisp and precise — mistake free.

You will have to identify the 14 Hangul consonants and the 21 Hangul vowels; you will have to indicate which vowels are simple, which are derived vowels, and which are compound vowels. You will detail each compound vowel's origins.You will read, from the Hangul, all twenty eight form names.

All self-defense techniques will be demonstrated; as will all takedown techniques.

15.3 - Specific Information For Blue Belts

15.3.1 - Blocks learned during Blue belt training

Palmheel centerblock

15.3.2 - Self-Defense techniques learned during Blue belt

One step:
Jump up turned 45 degrees on NON-punching side of front of attacker with both legs tucked under and roundhouse to the open side face by extending the leading leg in a kick while extending the trailing leg parallel to the floor at right angles.

One step:
Cross nonpunch side arm behind other arm as you step outside punching arm and then using underneath arm outward block towards the punch while pulling arm on top back to chamber, with blocking hand, grab the wrist of blocked punching arm tightly and turn body back about another 45 degrees and hook kick back to attacker's head; dropping the kicking leg, press the back of your ankle to the attackers lower leading leg and sweep backwards for a takedown.

One step:
Shift balance to punchside leg and move other leg 45 degrees forward and past other foot; shifting balance to your (now) leading foot, continue this motion into a full 360 degree turn with back kick to chest area.
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