Grading or promotion tests are organised quarterly by the Singapore Taekwondo Federation. These are important events for the trainees as the occasions provide them the opportunity to gauge their progress in the sport.

The grading requirements provided in this page serves as a guidelines and it is subjected to changes from time to time by the Singapore Taekwondo Federation.

 

GENERAL SYLLABUS

 

For Grade 10 to 1

Grade
Requirements for Grade 10 to 1 - General
Pattern (Poomsae)
Technique Demonstration 
Sparring (Kyorugi) & Others
 
10

-

-
9

Turning Kick
(2 sets - 3 times each)

-
8

Front Kick followed by turning kick
(2 sets - 3 times each)

-
7

Side kick
(2 sets - 3 times each)

-
6

Black thrust
(2 sets - 3 times each)

Free Sparring
(1 round with the same grade)
5

Side kick followed by back thrust
(2 sets - 3 times each)

Free Sparring
(1 round with the same grade) 
4

Reverse kick
(2 sets - 3 times each)

Free Sparring
(1 round with the same grade)
 
3

Turning kick followed by reverse kick
(2 sets - 3 times each)

Free Sparring
(1 round with the same grade) 
2
  • Taeguek Sa-jang to Yuk-Jang (Optional 1 pattern)
Front kick followed by jumping front kick
(2 sets - 3 times each)
Free Sparring
(2 round with the same grade)
1
  • Taeguek O-Jang to Chil-Jang (Optional 1 pattern)
360 turning turning kick followed by back thrust
(2 sets - 3 times each)
Free Sparring
(2 round with the same grade and 1 round with a 1st Dan blackbelt)
 
Interview
 

 

 

For 1st Poom to 3rd Poom 

Grade
Requirements for 1st Poom to 4th Poom - General 
Pattern
Sparring
Others
1st Poom
  • Taeguek Yuk-Jang to Pal-Jang (Optional 2 patterns)

Free sparring

(4 rounds with a different blackbelt)

 
  • Defence against an unarmed assailant (5 techniques)
  • Interview 
2nd Poom
  • Keumgang
  • Taeguek Il to Pal-Jang (Optional 2 patterns)

Free sparring

(4 rounds with a different blackbelt)

  • Defence against an armed assailant (5 techniques)
  • Interview
3rd Poom
  • Taeback
  • Keumgang
  • Taeguek Il to Pal-Jang (Optional 2 patterns)

Free sparring

(5 rounds with a different blackbelt)

  • Defence against an unarmed assailant (5 techniques)
  • Defence against an armed assailant (3 techniques)
  • Interview

 

For 1st Dan to 5th Dan 

Grade
Requirements for 1st Dan to 5th Dan - General 
Pattern
 
Sparring
 
Others
 
1st Dan
  • Taeguek Il to Pal-Jang (2 patterns)

Free sparring

(4 rounds with a different blackbelt each round)

  • Defence against an unarmed assailant (5 techniques)
  • STF Pledge
  • Interview
2nd Dan
  • Keumgang
  • Taeguek Il to Pal-Jang (Optional 2 patterns)

Free sparring

(4 rounds with a different blackbelt each round)

  • Defence against an armed assailant (5 techniques)
  • STF Pledge
  • Interview 
3rd Dan
  • Taebaek
  • Keumgang
  • Taeguek Il to Pal-Jang (Optional 2 patterns)

Free sparring

(5 rounds with a different blackbelt each round)

  • Defence against an unarmed assailant (5 techniques)
  • Defence against an armed assailant (3 techniques)
  • STF Pledge
  • Interview 
4th Dan
  • Pyongwon
  • Taebaek
  • Keumgang
  • Taeguek Il ro Pal-Jang (Optional 2 patterns)

Free sparring

(5 rounds with a different blackbelt each round)

  • Feats   
  • Theory   
  • STF Pledge
5th Dan
  • Sipjin
  • Pyongwon
  • Taebaek
  • Keumgang
  • Taeguek II to Pal-Jang (Optional 2 patterns)

Free sparring

(5 rounds with a different blackbelt each round)

  • Feats   
  • Thesis   
  • STF Pledge 
 

 

  

 

SCHOOL SYLLABUS

 

Grade
Requirements - School
Pattern
Technique Demonstration
Sparring & Others
10
 - -
-
-
 -
9
 
 -
  • Front Kick (3 time - A to B)
  • Side kick (3 time - B to A)   
 
-
 -
8
 
 -
  • Front Kick fellow by turning kick (2 sets each - A to B & B to A)   
-
 -
7
 
  • Side kick followed by back kick (2 sets each - A to B & B to A)
-
 -
6
  • Front kick followed by turning kick, side kick & back kick (1 sets each A to B & B to A)
  • 1-step sparring (Hand techniques)
 
5
 
  • Turning kick followed by reverse kick (2 sets each A to B & B to A)   
  • 1-step sparring (Leg techniques)  
4
 
 -
  • Front kick followed by turning Jumping front kick (2 sets each A to B & B to A)   
  • 1-step sparring (Counter-attack on front kick, side kick, turning kick, back kick & Reverse Kick) 
3
 -
  • Jumping side kick (2 times)  
  • Shadow sparring (Imaginary sparring)  
2
  • Taeguek Il to Yuk-Jang (1 pattern)   
 

-

  • Jumping turning kick (2 times)  
  • Target sparring (with 2 handmitts - freestyle) 
  • Target sparring (with a handmitt - moving backward) 

 

1
  • Taeguek Il to Chil-Jang (1 pattern)  

-

  • Various kicks  
  • Jumping back kick (2 times)

  • Pre-arranged sparring 
  • Target sparring (with 2 handmitts - freestyle)
  • STF Pledge (for senior)
  • Interview

 

 

SPORTS SYLLABUS

 

 

Grade
Requirements for grade 10 to 1 - Sport
Footwork
 
Technique Demonstration 
 
Sparring & Others
 
10
  • Bounce
  • Switch

5 times each leg on handmitt:

  • Middle-section turning kick
-
-
9
  • Bounce
  • Slide-in

5 times each leg on handmitt:

  • Switch middle-section turning kick
-
-
8
  • Bounce
  • One-step forward

5 times each leg on handmitt:

  • Slide-in middle-section turning kick
  • Shadow sparring (Imaginary)
7
  • Bounce
  • Back shift
  • Back step

5 times each leg on handmitt:

  • One step back middle-section turning kick
  • Target sparring (2 handmitt)
6
  • Bounce
  • Running step
  • Back step

5 times each leg on handmitt:

  • Back step middle-section turning kick
  • Target sparring (2 handmitt)
  • Free sparring (full sparring gear)

5
  • Bounce
  • Running step
  • Double running step

5 times each leg on handmitt:

  • Runing step middle-section turning kick
  • High-section slamming kick
  • Target sparring (2 handmitt)
  • Free sparring  (full sparring gear)

4
  • Bounce
  • Double back shift followed by running step

5 times each leg on Hard Target:

  • One-step back middle-section back thrust
  • Middle-section slide-in turning kick
  • Target sparring (2 handmitt)
  • Free sparring  (full sparring gear)

3
  • Bounce
  • Deceiving one-two side step

5 times each leg on Hard Target:

  • Switch high-section turning kick
  • Middle-section jumping back thrust
  • Target sparring (2 handmitt)
  • Free sparring (full sparring gear)

2
  • Bounce
  • Deceiving half-step forward followed by side shift

5 times each leg:

  • Switch middle-section turning kick follow by jumping back thrust (using hard target)
  • High-section reverse kick (using handmitt)
  • Target sparring (2 handmitt)
  • Free sparring  (full sparring gear)

1
  • Free
  • Two techniques (Candidates' choice / using hard target)
  • Target sparring (2 handmitt)
  • Free sparring  (full sparring gear)
  • STF Pledge (for senior)
  • Interview

 

  

NOTE OF GRADING REQUIREMENTS

 

1

It shall be prerogative of the examiners to decide on pattern(s).

2. Technique demonstration shall be performed in the fellow manner: 
  • Start from 'kyorugi chunbi' position facing the examiner
  • Execute technique towards the direction of the examiner that is, A to B.
  • Move forward with each kick.
  • Maintain 'kyorugi chunbi' position after each kick.
  • Turn to face the opposite direction after the first series of kicks and adopt 'kyorugi chunbi' position.
  • Execute technique in that direction - that is, B to A.
  • Maintain 'kyorugi chunbi' position after each kick.
  • Turn to face the examiner after the second series of kicks and take up 'Kyorugi chunbi' position.
  • Each step will be done according to command.
3.

Candidates are required to demonstrate only hand techniques.

4.

Candidates need to show only leg counter-attack techniques.

5. One candidate shall assume the role of an attacker while his partner takes the part of a defender. Both candidates will adopt the 'kyorugi chunbi' position and face each other.

The attacker will first execute a front kick and the defender shall demonstrate his ability to handle the move with an apporpriate counter-attack. Both the attacker and the defender shall return to 'kyorugi chunbi' position on completion of the action. The attacker will then proceed with the next technique.
The mandatory kicks, which shall be executed with the right leg and in the order they are given, are: 
  • Front kick
  • Turning kick
  • Side kick
  • Back kick
  • Reverse kick

The defender shall adjust his position according to the attacker.

After the candidates have done their respective parts, they will switch roles.

6.

Candidiates will be given one minute to perform the imaginary sparring. They will be required to demonstrate a variety of kicking and puncing techniques and footwork.

7.

A handmitt will be used as a target. Candidates will be required to kick twice - once each with the left and right legs.

8.

Two handmitts will be held by an assistant. Candidates will kick or punch the target accordingly.

9.

Candidates will be required to kick or punch a handmitt while moving backwards.

10.

This requirement is similar to the 1-step sparring assessment at the lower grade except the kicks are not predetermined. The attacker has the liberty to employ whatever techniques he likes. Please see explanatory note number 5.

11.

4 handmitts will be placed at various positions which will be decided by the examiner. Candidates shall use the right kicking techniques to hit the targets.

12.

The test will comprise ten general questions on Taekwondo and its development.

13.

Candidates will be given ten minutes to demonstrate their specialised skills. The alloted time excludes preparation for the demonstration. Candidates may demonstrate special kicking, punching, sparring, breaking or self-defence techniques. A combination of the various items is permissible.

14.

The thesis has to be submitted within three month of the practical test. Candidates have the option of selecting the topic. However, the dissertation must reflect the maturity and the level of technical attainment of the candidate. The grading is considered as lapse if the thesis is not received within the period.

15. Candidiates shall perform the footwork as required by their respected grades. They will be given 20 to 30 seconds to do so.

Grade 1 and higher candidates are free to show their perferred footwork.

The footwork is to be performed smoothly on a 'kyorugi chunbi' stance. There should be equal distribution of body weight and balance in muscle relaxation and tension. Balance must be maintained at all times. Candidates will lose 10 points if they falter during the performance. 5 points will deducted for 'stiffness'.

16. From grades 10 to 5, focuser (handmitt) will be used to assess the effectiveness of the execution. Arm shield (Hard target) will be used from grades 4 and higher. For high-section reverse kick required for grade 2, focuser will be used. Each candidate will be required to do 5 repetitions with each leg for each technique.

Grade 1 and higher candidates have the choice to demonstrate their favourite techniques.

Points will be deducted for every kick that is not executed accurately and powerfully. The explosive 'sound' will be used as a gauge of the impact. The expectation of the examiner will be based on the size, sex, grade, degree of difficulty of techniques and type of techniques of candidates.

The number of points deducted will be used based on the total possible score for this component. For example, the maximum technique score for Grade 10 is 60 points. Therefore each kick is worth 6 points.

17.

Candidates will be given 15 seconds to shadow spar. They are free to demonstrate any kicks they wish. However, all kicks or punches should follow one after another. The pause should not be more than 2 seconds. Any violation of this requirement will result in the deduction of 20 points. 3 points will be deducted for every kick below the waist.

18. For target sparring, two focusers (handmitt) will be used for grades 10 to 3. For grades 2 and 1, candidates will have to perform with air shield(hard target). 

Any taekwondo member may be appointed to hold the target.

The target should be placed in different position after each kick or punch. Each execution should follow the next. The pause between techniques should not be more than 2 seconds. 20 points for grade 7 candidates and 10 points for the rest would be deducted for failure to meet this requirement.

The time allocated for each candidate to perform is as follows.

  • 20 seconds (grades 7 to 1)
  • 25 seconds (1st dan)
  • 30 seconds (2nd dan & higher)

Within the period, the target must be hit solidly at least 5 times. Failure to do so will result in the candidates losing 20 points for grade 7 candidates and 10 points for the rest.

The more kicks and punches the candidates execute accurately and powerfully, the more points they will get.

19. Candidates will be required to wear full gear during free sparring. The requirements will be as follows. 
  • Grades 6 to 2 - 1 round of 2 minutes
  • Grade 1 - 2 round s of 2 minutes each with 30 seconds break in between rounds.
  • 1st & 2nd poom/dan - 2 matches of 2 rounds of 2 minutes with 30 seconds break in between rounds
  • 3rd poom/dan to 5th dan - 2 matches of 3 rounds of 2 minutes with 30 seconds break in netween rounds

While the instructors are responsible for the matching of candidates under their charge, the Grading Department will help to ensure that the sparring condidtion is equitable based on age and weight of candidates.

Candidates who fail this segment of the grading will not be considered for promotion.

To pass, candidates must chalked up at least

  • 1 point (grades 6 to 2)
  • 2 point (Grade 1)
  • 3 points (1st dan) per match
  • 4 points (2nd dan & higher) per match

The more points the candidates score, the higher will be the marks awarded.

Both candidates will fail if the examiner reckons that the match has been fixed. They will be warned once before the decision is taken.

 

 

 

GRADING TIME FRAME & AGE REQUIREMENTS

  

The STF dan certification will be awarded from 15 years old in line with Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters).

The following poom and dan age limits for promotion test requirements will be adopted with immediate effect from 6 June 2008.

 

Poom/Dan
Minimum Time Required for Promotion
Age Limits for Promotion
Start from Dan
Start from Poom
1st Poom

N A

N A
Less than 15 Years Old

1st to 2nd Poom

1 year N A Less than 15 Years Old
2nd to 3rd Poom 

2 years

N A Less than 15 Years Old

1st Dan

N A

15 years and above  Conversion

1st to 2nd Dan

1 year 16 years and above  Conversion

2nd to 3rd Dan

2 year 18 years and above Conversion
3rd to 4th Dan

3 years

21 years and above
Conversion

4th to 5th Dan

4 years
25 years and above 

5th to 6th Dan

5 years
30 years and above

6th to 7th Dan

6 years
36 years and above
7th to 8th Dan 

8 years

44 years and above
8th to 9th Dan

9 years

53 years and above
9th to 10th Dan

N A

60 years and above

 

** On reaching 15 years old, all poom belts shall be required to convert to 1st dan.  The time required for the next promotion will be based on the date of conversion. 

 

CONVERSION OF POOM TO DAN

The conversion from poom to dan is not automatic.  Poom belt holders must apply for dan conversion through their respective club coaches.  

Coaches are to monitor the applicants to ensure they have the standard of a dan holder before endorsing their applications.

It can be assumed that poom belt holders who have stopped training for an extended period do not have the standard.  For example, a 17-year poom belt holder cannot be still good if he has not been training for more than six months.  Therefore, coaches must insist that they train for a period before recommending them for the conversion.

All poom belter holders are advised to apply for dan conversion on reaching the age of 15.  If you apply later, you will be at a disadvantage because the time frame for your next dan will start from the date of issue of the dan certificates.

 

 

INTERVIEW QUESTION