Po-Eun


(36 moves, left foot returns)

Po-Eun is the pseudonym of a loyal subject Choong Mong-Chu (1400), who was a famous poet and whose poem “I would not serve a second master though I might be crucified a hundred times” is known to every Korean.  He was also a pioneer in the field of physics.  The diagram ( - ) represents his unerring loyalty to the king and country towards the end of the Koryo Dynasty. 

Kwang-Gae


(39 moves, left foot returns)
Kwang Gae is named after the famous Gwang-Gae-Toh-Wang, the 19th King of the Koguryo Dynasty, who regained all the lost territories including the greater part of Manchuria.  The diagram ( + ) represents expansion and recovery of lost territory.  The 39 movements refer to the first two figures of 391 A.D., the year he came to the throne. 

1st Degree Decided 

Black Belt

Ge-Baek


(44 moves, right foot returns)

Ge-Beak is named after Ge-Baek, a great general in the Baek Je Dynasty (660 A.D.).  The diagram ( I ) represents his severe and strict military discipline. 

The first long-term goal that most students of Taekwondo set in achieving the level of 1st-degree black belt.  This rank symbolizes proficiency in the basics of Taekwondo, success in achieving one’s goal, and the privilege of the respect of other martial artists.

 Recommended Black Belt

Sil Hyun


(60 moves, right foot returns)
Sil Hyun means “Realization”.  Realization refers to the attainment of one’s goals.  Upon reaching these achievements, new privileges are merited as new goals are recognized.  This process perpetuates itself as the previous results offer new challenges and new responsibilities.  This positive growth cycle improves not only oneself, but also the immediate world around you.  This concept of “constant and never ending improvement” is the ultimate purpose of Choong Sil Kwon. 

Free Sparring Rules

Set 7 - Twist kick & jump spin kicks

7.1 Closed Stance - Inward parry block, counter with a reverse punch, rear leg twist kick. 
7.2 Either Stance - Counter a punch with the jump away spin side kick. 
7.3 Closed Stance - Counter a round kick with a jump spin heel kick. 
7.4 Open Stance - Slide together lead leg twist kick, round kick combination. 
7.5 Closed stance - back leg twist kick, land forward jump spin side kick.

**Black belts need to be able to rotary jog for

four minutes (4:00) without stopping.

2nd Degree Recommended

Eui-Am:


(45 moves, right foot returns)

Is the pseudonym of Son Byong Hi, leader of the Korean independence movement on March 1, 1919. The 45 movements refer to his age when he changed the name Dong Hak (Oriental Culture) to Chondo Kyo (Heavenly Way Religion) in 1905. The diagram ( I ) represents his indomitable spirit, displayed while dedicating himself to the prosperity of his nation. 

Free Sparring Strategies

Low Rank Patterns

Midtown Taekwondo

Testing Procedures


All black belts must read this letter for qualifications and testing procedures from Master and Mrs. Miller. PLEASE CLICK HERE. 


At testing, the student is given three chances to break his or her board stations.  Sometimes the instructor may allow additional attempts if he or she feels it are appropriate.  Students should be prepared to set up their board break stations quickly, and with a minimum of practice attempts.  When ready, the student will face the judges and bow, then begin their breaking attempts.  It is not appropriate to make additional practice attempts after bowing to the judges.

If you do not break all stations, you may take time to adjust any station and then bow in again.  Always stop and bow in to the judges before making each additional attempt.

One of the main goals during free sparring is safety, for this reason, the following rules will be strictly enforced: 

  • Light contact.

  • No kicks or punches below the belt or to the back. 

  • No grabbing. 

  • All moves must exhibit good form, no careless swinging, or blind techniques.

  • Stay in your sparring area, do not hit the walls, mirrors, or other people sparring.