White Stripe (Fitness) This is a level appropriate and curriculum based workout, including stretching.
Yellow Stripe (Knowledge) Students answer questions on terminology, concepts, and history. Advanced students are required to take a written test and black belts submit papers in special interest areas in addition to oral and written tests.
Orange Stripe (Kindness) All students are expected to make a practice of regular and intentional random acts of kindness. Black belts organize short and long term service projects in the community which often involve all belt levels.
Green Stripe (Focus) During sessions this stripe is awarded to students who show mental discipline and follow class etiquette.
Blue Stripe (Form) Often called poomsae or kata, forms are a choreographed sequence of movements that demonstrate posture, positioning, and technique. We practice the standard Kukkiwon Taegeuk forms.
Purple Stripe (Leadership) Development of personal success and leadership skills, showing self control and modeling correct behavior and technique are the way to earn a purple stripe.
Brown Stripe (Self Defense) These are techniques which includes sweeps, throws, and properly breaking falls. One step drilling is used for color belts to practice pre-arranged attacks and combinations and advanced belts practice freestyle one step scenario drilling.
Red Stripe (Basics) Fundamentals like blocks, strikes, or stances are building blocks for solid technique. Senior levels are expected to understand the principles of each technique. Explanations of how and when they work or don’t is expected, not just rote memorization.
Black Stripe (Kicking) Front, side, and roundhouse kick are the basics. They are used in many combinations, and are the foundation for practical self defense kicking or the athletic demonstration style using jumps, spins, and gymnastic movements.
There are additional areas of curriculum which are covered in classes or testing but not recognized with a stripe test. Promotion tests vary, but include all elements of the current level and may include prior level curriculum. All levels are cumulative and review level testing begins as early as blue belt.
Sparring- Students learn technique, strategy and rules for competition; specifically, Olympic style competition. Differences are emphasised regarding martial arts for sport and martial arts for self defense or LEO/Military applications. When students progress to contact sparring, padded equipment is worn for safety.
Breaking- The breaking of boards is used for testing to demonstrate the ability to use techniques with both power and control
Weapons- Weapons training is not a formal part of most taekwondo curriculum, occasionally we incorporate additional training opportunities with bo staffs, nunchaku, knives, sticks, and various other martial arts weapons.