13 - Green Belt

Congratulations on earning your 7th kup (green) belt in Tae Kwon Do. As the Yellow belt signified the earth in which a plant takes root and sprouts, the Green belt signifies Ground, and the plant's growth as the students skills in Tae Kwon Do begin to develop.

13.1 - What You Will Learn in Green Belt

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

You will learn the "open hand check (block)." One three-step self-defense sequence is learned, then all seven three-step self defense techniques are studied as one-step self-defense techniques, and three additional one-step techniques are learned.

You will learn three additional Poom Se. You should be aware that these forms are in addition to the forms you already know. You must continue to develop the white belt, yellow belt, and second yellow belt forms.

You will learn to read and write in Hangul (native Korean characters). This will help you learn correct pronunciation for many Korean terms you have already learned; in addition, it allows you to quickly understand written Korean which you will encounter on items such as your promotion certificates, advanced belts, in magazines, and so on.

13.2 - The Green Belt Examination

To pass the examination for your 2nd green belt, you will have to perform thirteen forms. Sabumnim will expect to see all forms done with considerable skill.

The ten white, yellow, and second yellow belt forms should be well developed; the three new green 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 explain each compound vowel's components.

Hangul Consonants and Vowels

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

13.3 - Specific Information For Green Belts

13.3.1 - Korean Terms learned during green belt training

Reading and writing using Hangul characters, which includes training about:

The 14 Hangul Consonants
The 21 Hangul vowels
Written character construction

Below you will find the names of all the forms to be learned from white belt to 3rd red belt — written in Hangul. You will have to read this as part of your test for blue belt (5th kup, not the next test but the one after that for 4th kup.) Note that the version below, which is in belt order, is different from the version for your test in which the pattern order will be scrambled — you can't get by with memorizing the order of the patterns. You'll have to be able to actually read the characters. The good news is, we will teach you to do that!

The Patterns

13.3.2 - Blocks learned during green belt training

Knife hand check

13.3.3 - Strikes learned during Green Belt Training

Fingertip thrust strike

13.3.4 - Self-Defense techniques learned during green belt

Three step backstance, side/inward step, & double middle punch

One step: Frontstance, Highblock, Middle/high punch
One Step: Frontstance, Highblock, Side kick to underarm
One Step: Frontstance, Highblock, Elbow lock w/takedown (w/arm bar variation)
One Step: Frontstance, Highblock, Double middle punch
One Step: Frontstance, Highblock, Double elbow strike to ribs
One Step: Front stance, Highblock, Front snap to solar plexus
One Step: Backstance, outwardblock, side/inward step & double middle punch

One Step: Step in, Inwardblock, elbow strike, backfist
One Step: Step in, Inwardblock, right then left elbow attack
One Step: Inside Crescent, Alternate leg Roundhouse
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