Midtown Taekwondo

Free Sparring Rules

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 hand techniques to the head.

  • 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.

Free Sparring Strategies

Blue Belt

Set 3 - Ridge hand, back fist, rear hand blocks

3.1 Closed Stance - Outward block with the rear hand and counter with the front hand ridge hand.  
3.2 Closed Stance - Outward block with the rear hand and counter with the front hand ridge hand followed by a lead leg side kick.  
3.3 Closed Stance - Inward parry block with the front hand, follow immediately with the front hand back fist and reverse punch. 
3.4 Closed Stance - Lead leg side kick, reverse punch, front hand ridge hand.
3.5 Open Stance - Front hand back fist, reverse punch, lead leg side kick, spin heel kick  

**Low rank blue belts need to be able to rotary jog for

two minutes and forty seconds (2:40) without stopping.


Testing is an important part of the CTF teaching program.  You must prepare by learning all your patterns and definitions.  In addition at Green Belt and above, you will be expected to demonstrate what you have learned regarding free sparring.  At Blue Belt and above, you will be expected to participate in a power demonstration by breaking wood at each testing.  Be sure you have discussed your breaking techniques with your instructor and received approval of your selection prior to the testing.  Wood is provided at the testing. 

Come to the testing a little early to allow time to warm up and ask any last minute question you may have. 
Remember, this is a formal occasion and requires that you wear your traditional white uniform!
You must to register in advance of the testing date.  See your instructor to register and pay your testing fee. 

Additionally, all white belts and any students whose membership has expired in the Choong Sil Taekwondo Federation will need to complete a CTF membership card and pay the annual membership fee of $40.00 before they test.  

Testing is a very special occasion and a great time to demonstrate to your family and friends how much you have achieved.  Be sure to bring them with you to the testing. 


(32 moves, left foot returns)

Joong Gun is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro-Bumi Ito, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger.  There are 32 movements in this pattern to represent Mr. Ahn’s age when he was executed at Lui-Shung prison (1910).

Meaning of the Blue Belt – Blue belt signifies the heavens, toward which the plant develops into a towering tree as the Taekwondo training progresses.

Low Rank Patterns