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Table of Contents
Welcome from the Chief Instructor4 Mission Statement5 Instructional Staff5 WTTU Black Belt Academy7
Taekwondo for Adults8
Karate for Kids9
Taekwondo for Tiny Tigers10 Special Programs and Seminars11 Protech Training Systems12 Protech Weapons Training13 Songahm Taekwondo14 Student Oaths15 Our Rank System16 Extra Curricular Activities17 Testings18 Tournaments 20 Student Etiquette22 Black Belt Uniform Checklist 23 Uniform Care23 Uniform Information24 How to Tie Your Belt25 The Daily Dozen26 Goal Setting Worksheet27
from the Chief Instructor
Welcome to the Rahn’s Black Belt
Academy and the World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU).Our WTTU family includes more than 300,000
men, women and children training in Songahm Taekwondo at more than 1500 schools
and clubs across Canada and the United States.The ATA was originally established in 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska.Today National and International operations
are directed from our headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The ATA is the founding organization of
other international affiliates that include the World Traditional Taekwondo
Union (WTTU) and the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF).These branches include some 16 countries,
offering instruction to more than 30,000 students.
Since the first class was taught many
years ago, the focus of our programs has remained the same:to provide students the highest quality
martial arts instruction available in a safe and positive learning environment
that people of all ages can enjoy.Our
instructors combine excellent student instructor ratios with state of the art
training facilities.This has helped
establish WTTU / ATA schools and clubs as the leaders in the martial arts
industry.Your instructor is a graduate
of an instructor program that represents more than thirty years of research and
development.He or she will be with you
every step of the way to help you reach your individual goals (and maybe even
reach some new goals you never before thought possible).
want to thank you for choosing Rahn’s Black Belt Academy, the WTTU and for
making Songahm Taekwondo a part of your life.Remember, “today not possible, tomorrow possible!" and that "There's always more to learn!"Enjoy your journey.
Degree Black Belt Owner
and Chief Instructor Rahn’s
Black Belt Academy Shane Rahn
goal is to inspire each and every member to…
Black Belt Excellence by providing:
“Quality Students come from Quality
are the biographies of our School Owners qualifications. We currently have
locations in Aldergrove, Langley, Chilliwack and Abbotsford.Our Certified Instructors have considerable
experience working with children, young adults and adults.
Shane Rahn’s Taekwondo Credentials
training in February of 1992
his 1st Degree Black Belt in May of 1997
his Instructor Trainee Status in December of 1997
the Aldergrove Location in 1998
the Instructor Trainee of the Year for September 1999
his Certified Instructor Status in January 2000
as Assistant Regional Chief of Tournaments in 2000 & 2001
in 14 different Protech & Weapons Training Courses (SBME, DBME, SSJB, DSJB,
JBM, JBL, OSD, SN, GD, JPE, SDB, SKD, SHARP and PPCT)
the Regional Appreciation of the Year Award in 2003 & 2004
as Regional Chief of Tournaments in 2002 – 2010
his 4th Degree Black Belt in Korea on April of 2005
his 5th Degree Black Belt in Arkansas on June of 2009
Shane Rahn’s Taekwondo Achievements
World Top Ten Rank in FormsJune 2001
World Top Ten Rank in Sparring June 2001-03, 2005, 2008, 2010
World Top Ten Rank in Weapons June 2005, 2008, & 2009, 2010
Sparring Champion, Gold(1st) at the 2002 & 2005 Spring Nationals
Canada Champ in Forms 2002-2007, 2009
Canada Champ in Sparing 2002-2010
Canada Champ in Weapons 2003-2010
Matt Skaar’s Taekwondo Credentials
training in February of 2001
his 1st Degree Black Belt
his Instructor Trainee Status
in Jahng Bong Mid Range Protech Weapons
Is fluent with 7 different Protech & Weapons Training Courses (SBME, DBME,
JBM, JBL, and SN)
his 4th Degree Black Belt on June of 2010
the Abbotsford Location in September of 2010
Matt Skaar’s Taekwondo Achievements
World Top Ten Rank in Sparring June 2010
Todd Nadeau’s Taekwondo Credentials
training in February of 1992
Todd Nadeau’s Taekwondo Achievements
World Top Ten Rank in FormsJune 2001
assisting in our classes you can find our Trainee Instructors and S.W.A.T.
Leadership members. These students have had S.W.A.T. training as assistants or
have taken specialized training in our Instructors Club class. The training
takes them through Instruction, Leadership, and Mentorship training. It is
available to all students who are Blue Belt or above or by special invitation.
WTTU Black Belt
“Canada’s Leader in the Martial Arts”
The WTTU Black Belt Academy is a member
of one of the world’s largest martial arts organization, the World Traditional
Taekwondo Union.The United States
affiliate of the WTTU is the American Taekwondo Association.
We offer what we believe is the best
martial art in the world.Taekwondo is
an exciting and powerful martial art known for its dynamic kicking and hand
techniques.Although these martial art
techniques are centuries old, our programs are always evolving to keep pace
with the rapidly changing world.
We realize that each student possesses
different physical abilities.Size and
strength vary with each individual.Once
you have acquired a strong foundation in the basics, our program will enhance
your physical capabilities and maximize your self-defense skills.You will understand exactly what it takes,
mentally and physically, to defend yourself or your loved ones should the need
At the WTTU Black Belt Academy, we are
not interested in just teaching self defense, we are interested in the complete
personal development of each student.Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing all
students to progress quickly and confidently toward their personal goals.Our instructors take their responsibility
seriously as role models for younger students, teaching them the importance of
strong character, leadership and good values.
The teaching curriculum at the WTTU
Black Belt Academy is based on two concepts:“positive mental attitude” and “high goal setting.”We feel so positive about this program that
we promise to give you and your family the most professional, well supervised
and the highest quality classes available in any sport or art.
We train our students to the best of
their ability.Some students come to us
in shape, while others have come to us 100 pounds overweight.Most come to us with limited flexibility.Adults start at any age, as we have had some
adults who started as late as age 65, and have still earned their black
belts.As a student, you are looked upon
as an individual, never compared to anyone else.Our instructors will be there every step of
the way.All that is expected of you is
a willingness to try.
Here are some benefits you can expect
from training in Taekwondo:
ØFitness – The principals of Taekwondo
techniques are based on the design of your body.For power you develop the larger, powerful
muscles of the torso.The speed of the
techniques comes from the fast, agile muscles of the arms and legs.As you progress in Taekwondo you will learn
to coordinate this speed and power, and develop a concentration to focus all of
your body's strength into a small, hard striking surface like the edge of the
hand or the heel of the foot.
ØSelf-defense – When the speed and power
developed through Taekwondo is used in a self-defense situation against the
soft vulnerable parts of an attacker's body, the result can be incredible.Taekwondo allows a woman to emphasize many of
her natural physical strengths, such as power in the legs, while learning a
method of self-defense efficient against a much larger opponent.Knowing you can defend yourself, your
confidence will grow and confidence alone is usually enough to deter potential
ØSelf-confidence – This does not come
naturally for many people, but self-confidence can be developed over a period
of time. Through Taekwondo, as you accomplish new goals, your confidence level
increases. Taekwondo instills a sense of discipline and self-confidence that can
carry over to all aspects of your life.
Karate for Kids
“Every Kid is a Winner!Every Kid is Special!”
There are many reasons for kids to
become involved in the Martial Arts.We
have developed a program based on traditional Taekwondo for Kids called Karate
for Kids.The Karate for Kids system is
based on a lifetime learning concept in addition to technical skills.The building blocks for our system are
semester themes such as:
In addition to semester themes, our
system includes the unique victory patch.Kids are rewarded special “Victory Stars.”These different coloured stars are rewarded
for outstanding performance in karate class, school, home, or at a tournament
competition.Kids may receive the
following stars for the following deeds:
A’s, honour roll, or significant improvement
Four different coloured Victory Patches
are available to accommodate all the stars that can be earned by a high
achieving Karate Kid:
“Building Strong Bodies and Clear
In addition to our internationally
recognized Karate for Kids program, we offer the Taekwondo for Tiny Tigers
program.The Tiny Tiger program was
developed specifically for preschool age children ages 3 through 6.This program offers children a strong
foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect, and
discipline.In addition, the program is
designed to improve children’s motor skills and enhance their ability to pay
attention and follow directions.All
classes are taught using the most safe, fun and exciting instruction methods
available for this age group.This
program works in conjunction with the Karate for Kids program, thereby
emphasizing the same important monthly themes and value system.
Just like in the Karate for Kids
program, Tiny Tigers have their own unique victory patch and “Victory
Stars.”Stars are earned in the same way
as the Karate for Kids program, with slight modifications in recognition of the
preschool age of the child.Four
different coloured victory patches are available to accommodate all the stars
that can be earned by a high achieving Tiny Tiger.Except for the logo, the four victory patches
of the Tigers are the same as the Karate for Kids patches.Upon graduation from the Tiny Tigers program
into the “Junior” or “Big Kid” program, Tigers are rewarded by the opportunity
to wear the “Big Kids” or “Karate for Kids” patch.
The rank and testing system used by the
Tigers is slightly different than that of the Karate for Kids.Tigers can earn six collectable animal
patches to display on their belts as follows: The Tiger for orange belt; the
Cheetah for yellow; the Lion for camo; the Eagle for green; the Phoenix for
purple; and the Dragon for blue.All six
patches, as earned, are displayed on the child’s belt.
Programs and Special Seminars
The Black Belt Club is a program
developed by the WTTU / ATA. It is open to all students regardless of rank or
age.It represents the highest level of
our “Success through Goal Setting” philosophy.Black Belt Club members are those individuals who have set their goal at
“Black Belt.”Students must know exactly
what their goal is if they are to move toward it with desire and
conviction.A Black Belt Club patch is
worn on the left sleeve of the uniform to remind them of their goal every time
they put on their uniform.
However, the Black Belt Club is much
more than just a patch.All Black Belt
Club members are welcome to participate in the special Black Belt Club workouts
held each month at your Taekwondo Centre.These exciting workouts offer training in Protech, Musical Forms,
Olympic Style Sparring, Muay Thai Boxing drills, and much more.These special seminars will not only make you
a better martial artist but will also prepare you for the courses taught at the
Black Belt level.
There are several other programs
available at our centre:
ØMaster’s Club – These members are those
individuals who have dedicated themselves to continue on after their Black Belt
level is achieved.
ØS.W.A.T. – This is our Special Winning
Attitude Team.It is a select group of
students from our Black Belt Club or Master Club who serve as role models and
responsibility is to lead by example, exemplifying the behaviour, character and
motivation of a tiptop Black Belt.
ØJunior Trainee Instructor Program –
This program’s mission is to build future leaders of America for a better
tomorrow.The program was devised in
order to allow children, ages 8-15, to prepare themselves for the Trainee
Instructor Program.It also aims to keep
interest up and gives a broader outlook for the students to draw upon.
ØTrainee Instructor Program – This
program is for Black Belts ages 16 and above to prepare them for instructor
certification.Trainee instructors are
people who enjoy teaching others or who are interested in a career in the
martial arts. Both of the Instructor programs also allow the student the
opportunity to compete for the “Canada Champ” program and title.
Protech Training Systems
Joint Manipulation & Throwing
Techniques – This course combines joint manipulation, Hapkido & Aikido
techniques.It is perfect for the
student who would like to learn techniques like Steven Segal uses.We also feel this program will be of interest
to all students trying to broaden their own personal training and knowledge.
Street Self-Defense – This course
teaches you the most effective blocking and striking techniques for defense on
the street.Based on Muay Thai Boxing
techniques, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to defend
themselves on the street.
P.P.C.T.(Pressure Point Control
Tactics) – This course is the original course offered by Protech Training
Systems used primarily for work in conjunction with local law enforcement.It includes the secrets of “one touch
knockout points” and “principals of control.”This program has been legally, medically and tactically researched to
put it on the forefront of control tactics.PPCT is currently used by several secret agencies and law enforcement
Ground Fighting – A good martial artist
can fight standing up or from the ground.Many self-defense situations end up on the ground where the kicking and
punching of Taekwondo are not always effective.Learn the techniques that can help you win the battle on the ground.
S.H.A.R.P. (Sexual Harassment Assault
& Rape Prevention) – The S.H.A.R.P. course includes three sections
including:prevention and psychology,
professional and social harassment and assault countermeasures.This is great self-defense for women in the
Protech Weapons Training
Jeol Bong (Nunchucku) – This course was developed primarily for all of our
“Karate for Kids”, but many of the adult students have shown an interest as
well.It gives students a solid
foundation in the basics of the Ssahng Jeol Bong and helps them understand how
this exciting weapon works.The material
taught in this course is taken from several different backgrounds, pulling the
best and most effective techniques from each.As with the other weapons, the benefits include improved upper body
development, better hand-eye coordination, increased concentration and a great
deal of fun.We are sure you will find
this course to be both challenging and extremely enjoyable.
ØSpontaneous Knife Defense – This course is taken primarily
from the Filipino knife system and offers an inside look at how people use
knives, as well as the most effective way to live through a knife attack.It will also cover knife training, knife
stances, analysis of knife cuts and cutting targets.
ØSingle Stick, Double Stick & Disarming – This course
highlights the most popular techniques of the Filipino stick fighting systems,
as well as incorporates aspects of Japanese, Chinese and Korean martial
arts.The stick course gives students
the basics for training in just about any weapons system.It also helps develop hand-eye coordination
and is great physical exercise.
Bong (Long Staff) – This course offers one of the most effective long range
weapons used in early Korea.It is a
combination of Chinese, Korean and Japanese techniques which allows us to use
the best of each style.Besides learning
this beautiful weapon, the benefits include increased self-defense skills and
tremendous upper body strength, as well as improved concentration,
coordination, focus and self-confidence.
“Martial Art” is a broad term
encompassing the many styles of physical discipline (fighting) arts that have
been developed over the centuries.To
say that they style of Songahm Taekwondo is just another “martial art” would be
an uneducated evaluation of the “world’s largest” centrally administered
martial art.This system of teaching and
training, developed by Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee and his staff of Master
Instructors, is unequaled in the martial arts community.
Songahm Taekwondo focuses on personal
development of the mind and body.To say
it was just self-defense would be to lost most of the valuable ideas and
philosophy behind this ancient art.Self-defense that is really the fringe benefit that is gained by
dedicating one’s self to the values, philosophy and training of Songahm
Taekwondo.Remember that you are in a
true, traditional Taekwondo class.This
is not a movie in which a person can be hit 100 times without falling to the
ground.In the reality of Taekwondo, a
person that has been hit by a powerful force or hand technique will fall with
one to three techniques.
At the beginner level, do not focus on
being a skilled martial artist within a month or two.You are building your foundation in
Taekwondo.Trying to advance beyond your
level without proper guidance would be like building a house on a foundation of
concrete that had not dried.Though the
house may still stand, the foundation would not be as strong and the appearance
of the house may not be as presentable.
Each class begins and ends with a
bow.The white belt of the beginner
indicates he is without knowledge of Taekwondo and as one progresses in
knowledge, the colour of the belt gets progressively darker: orange, yellow,
camo, green, purple, blue, brown, red, red/black, and finally black.
Basic Taekwondo Commands in Korean
Chah Reot - Attention Bah
Ro - Return
to Ready Position
Kyeong Nae - Bow June
Bee - Ready
Keu Mahn - StopShe
Jahk - Start/Begin
Shi Uh - At
Ease/RestDo Bok - Uniform
Spirit of Taekwondo
the class begins,
SIR, I WILL PRACTICE IN
THE SPIRIT OF TAEKWONDO,
WITH COURTESY FOR
LOYALTY FOR MY
AND RESPECT FOR MY
JUNIORS AND SENIORS, SIR!
the class finishes,
SIR,I SHALL LIVE WITH
PERSEVERANCE IN THE SPIRIT OF TAEKWONDO,
HAVING HONOUR WITH
IN MY ACTIONS, SIR!
for Kids Oath
SIR,EACH DAY I WILL LIVE
BY HONOURING MY PARENTS AND
PRACTISING TO THE BEST OF MY
AND HAVING COURTESY AND RESPECT
FOR EVERYONE I MEET, SIR!
SIR,I PROMISE TO BE A GOOD PERSON (right
hand up, reinforced with left)
TO HAVE KNOWLEDGE IN THE MIND (hand
touches the head)
HONESTY IN THE HEART (hand touches
STRENGTH IN THE BODY (make a muscle)
STRENGTH IN THE BODY (make 2 muscles)
STRENGTH IN THE BODY (make strongman flex pose)
TO MAKE GOOD FRIENDS (shake hands)
AND TO GET MY BLACK BELT (hands grasp belt ends), SIR!
Our Rank System
order to develop the skills, discipline, and self-control necessary for the
proper use of Taekwondo techniques, WTTU uses a rank system.Such a system serves several purposes,
of Command: The ascending order of rank carries an increasing level of
authority and responsibility.The
student learns to assume responsibility gradually as he moves up the
ranks.He also learns to accept and
properly use authority that accompanies the higher ranks.
of Progress: The most obvious advantage of the rank system is that it provides
a visible measurement of the student’s progress.As he learns the basic techniques of
Taekwondo and tests successfully, he is awarded the coloured belts that signify
the rise in rank.He feels accomplished
and he is encouraged to learn the next set of new material with renewed
are nine ranks, called “grades,” in the coloured belt series, and nine ranks,
called “degrees,” in the Black Belt series.Because it is the highest number in a single digit, the number nine, in
Oriental culture, represents the highest attainable goal of any measurable
Belt Recommended8R Orange
Belt Decided8D Yellow
Belt Recommended7R Yellow
Deg. Black Belt Decided1BD
Deg. Black Belt Rec.2BR
Deg. Black Belt Decided2BD
Deg. Black Belt3BD
Deg. Black Belt4BD
down the Pant leg
Deg. Black Belt5BD
Deg. Black Belt6BD
Deg. Black Belt7BD
Deg. Black Belt8BD
Deg. Black Belt9BD
Merit System stripes are earned to
*qualify students for testing.These
black stripes are placed on the left tip of the belt.Stripes are re-earned at each belt level.The above graph shows the areas in which
stripes can be earned.For example, if
the white belt would demonstrate for the instructor a proper recitation of the
Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo, the student would receive the first stripe.When the student performs the new form a
second stripe will be earned s will the third stripe when the one steps have
stripes do not give the student permission to test (this is only received
through the Instructor).
black belt ranks of 1st Degree D and higher wear black, traditional
belts in good repair.The student’s
name, rank bars, and/or approved writing may be embroidered on the belt in
English or in Korean.
are to have no brand name labels attached.The rank stripes should be worn on the right side of the tied knot.Belts should be tied in the traditional
square knot with both ends the same length.
Extra Curricular Activities
Black Belt Academy is more than just a typical karate school. In schools
outside the WTTU and ATA, members often just come for lessons and then go home.
However, members of our center look forward to the special activities and
events that signify that we’re more than just a karate school.
ØSocial Activities – Demonstrations
Lock-ins, Buddy Days, Mothers Days, Fathers Days, family outings, summer camps,
ØPromotional Testings – Promotional
testings are offered bimonthly. In order to test, students must log a minimum
number of classes and pass the pre-testing requirements.
ØWTTU/ATA Regional Tournaments – Our
tournaments offer divisions for everyone! This includes young children, kids
and adults, White through Black Belts, with divisions broken down by age, rank
and gender. It’s a great way to make friends and evaluate your progress with
ØWTTU/ATA Worlds and National
Tournaments – The WTTU/ATA sponsors three Nationals and one World Championships
each year. The Championships activities include demonstrations, international
black belt testing, international competition for all ranks, Special Weapons
and Protech seminars, Business seminars, a chance to meet our Grandmaster and
the Master instructors of the WTTU/ATA, and much more
Other Annual Activities may include: ·In –
Look for our SPIN Newsletter published each
Our Calendar of Events is included in
You can also check the website under
“Events” for an updated list of events!
schools of the World Traditional Taekwondo Union conduct promotional testings
approximately every seven to nine weeks to evaluate the progress of the students.The testing is judged by a minimum of two
Certified WTTU Instructors, one of whom is a guest judge from another WTTU
School.Each instructor in the judging
panel scores each student individually, according to the standards of the
WTTU.The judges meet after the testing
to tally the scores and to discuss the progress of the students.An instructor from another WTTU School is
invited to participate in the judging as an effective monitor for the local
school, supplying a more objective observation of the students’ performance.
testing begins similarly to a class session.The students line up according to rank, and recite the Songahm Spirit of
Taekwondo.After opening remarks and
introduction of the judging panel, the students are asked to be seated around
the perimeter of the workout area.The
students are then called to execute their techniques (individually or in small
groups).The lowest ranks are tested
first to spare them additional tension and anxiety generated by waiting.Most schools, however, test orange belts
before the white belts, giving the newest students an opportunity to witness
the procedure before they are called.
student is required to perform certain techniques, according to his rank:
is a predetermined series of movements, performed by an individual, which
displays a combination of body and mind development.It uses new hand and foot techniques for that
rank as well as some techniques previously mastered.The judges look for the proper beginning and
ending positions for each technique, the effectiveness of the technique itself,
and the flow or rhythm of the form.Correct eye contact and a mentally alert demeanor are also important to
a student under Black Belt rank feels he has done less than his best, he may
ask the chief judge for permission to repeat his form.He may execute his form three times, if
necessary.Judges do not penalize lower
ranked students for repeating the form, as they realize that the student may be
unusually nervous at a testing.The
judges will expect the student to make an effort to mentally review the point
of difficulty, relax, ad concentrate as the form is repeated.Maintaining self-control in stressful
situations is an important part of self-defense training, and as the student
progresses in rank, he is expected to have mastered his anxiety; therefore,
higher-ranked students may be penalized for errors.
are predetermined actions performed with an opponent; they provide a link
between forms and free-sparring.One-steps should be performed with the same mental and physical skills
as the form; in addition, the judges will look for effective sparring skills,
including control and an accurate judgement of distance.
a student makes a mistake during the execution of a one-step, he should
continue without interruption.If all
one-steps have been completed and “time” has not been called, the students
should continue, starting again with #1, or with any one-step that was poorly
performed the first time.)
is a practical application of self-defense techniques.(For safety and courtesy, the students are
subject to specific rules of conduct when sparring in WTTU / ATA events and in
the classroom.)The movements are not
predetermined.More and more schools are
requiring various types of padded equipment for students in this type of
during testing is different from tournament free-sparring.In testing, the students are expected to
display a variety of offensive and defensive techniques, rather than attempting
to score points against the opponent.Judges also look for skills in judging distance, in control, in the
variety of techniques used, and in mental attitude.
– It is the goal of Taekwondo to teach the moves and techniques so that a
student may be able to defend themselves.They need to train mentally as well, which is always the first line of
defense. You can usually talk your way out of a situation and avoid the pain of
an altercation. Self-defense is usually performed at the Masters Club level, as
the measure of success is by good control and flow of the techniques which
comes after months of practice at that level.
– It is difficult to determine the effectiveness of Taekwondo techniques
without causing physical damage to an opponent.Therefore, the students are required to break boards to provide evidence
of power and accuracy.(Board breaking should
not be attempted by students without instructor approval).
WTTU has set board breaking regulations for each rank.Each student must break at one or more
stations, depending on the degree of difficulty of the breaking technique and
the student’s rank.The number and size
of boards at each station depends on the student’s age and sex.
student may make three attempts to break his boards but this is reflected in
his testing score by the judges.(If a
student fails to break the first and/or second time, he may ask permission to
use a different technique).
the testings, it may be apparent that some students are more physically
talented than others.Taekwondo is a
martial art that trains people physically and mentally.Although it is easy to make comparisons in
physical ability, the judges will be assessing personal improvement and
individual progress, as well as mental strength and growth.
student’s enthusiasm, courtesy, respectful attitude, and personal pride will
also be evaluated by the judges.These
characteristics are displayed in the student’s physical appearance, his
posture, his manner of responding, and his courtesy to the judges and to other
a result of testing performance, a student may expect one of the following
rank promotion (“Decided”) for excellent performance; half-rank promotion
(“Recommended”) for good performances; “no change” if additional time is
required to master the rank techniques.(“No change” should not be considered failure.Because testings measure improvement, “no
change” simply indicates that the change is not yet great enough to warrant
promotion to the next rank).
fee is assessed for each testing; should the student receive a “no change” in
his rank, the fee at the next testing (only) is waived.
1.Students should arrive in plenty of
time to warm up.Because the workout
area is more crowded than usual with students and spectators, group warm-up is
2.Students must be dressed in a clean,
regulation uniform with the correct belt.
3.Spectators are welcome at testing, but
they must be quiet and non-interuptive during the proceedings because the
testings are often long, instructors discourage the attendance of babies and
4.Courtesy to other students includes
being quiet and attentive as fellow students test.Enthusiastic, positive encouragement is
permitted from students during the sparring portion of the testing.
5.A student who is scheduled to test, but
finds himself unable to attend, should notify the instructor before testing
6.Students who are testing remain with
the group until the testing is complete.
7.Students who are attending the testing
as spectators will stand at attention and recite the Songahm Spirit of
Taekwondo, whether or not in uniform.
WTTU / ATA tournaments are local school, regional or
national competitive events designed to provide students a forum to display
their skills and to meet students from other schools; they also offer an
opportunity for friends and family to participate as spectators.
Tournament competition may sound intimidating to the new
student.It should be remembered,
however, that students compete with other students of the same rank.Yellow Belts have the same opportunity as
Black Belts to win a trophy.Because ATA
students across the nation learn the same forms and follow consistent rules of
technique and courtesy, the competitions are exceptionally well-balanced.
Registration and Eligibility
All active WTTU/ATA students are welcome to compete in any
WTTU/ATA tournaments. Some tournaments require pre-registration; others
encourage pre-registration, but allow registration at the door.WTTU Regional Tournaments are held often;
several each year should be available within reasonable driving distance of most
schools.National tournaments are larger,
but are based on the same balance of competition and are also open to all
ranks.There is a fee for tournament
participation, and sometimes there is a small spectator fee.
National and Canada/State Champion (Top
Black Belt students who “place” in a tournament earn points
which are accumulated throughout the year.At the annual World Championship Tournament (the first event of the
WTTU/ATA’s competition year), national champions are awarded in Black Belt
divisions for men, women, and children.The program is often called the “Top Ten.” Canada/State champs are
competitors who have also earned points for their competition division. The
competitor who has the most points in their division will win the title for
that year. You can place in Forms, Weapons and Sparring.
are conducted similarly to testings.All
center judges are WTTU / ATA-certified as level 3 tournament judges.Corner judges may be Trainee Instructors or
advanced Black Belt students.Each judge
must be a higher rank than the competitors in his ring.
many rings are active simultaneously, it is important for each competitor to
listen carefully for announced ring assignments.When a student hears his rank announced, he
should immediately proceed to that ring.An instructor/judge will ask for the tournament registration card.
student is called into the ring, individually, to execute his form.(As in testing, the students may ask
permission to repeat the form, but a scoring penalty will result.)After the first three competitors have
completed their forms, the judges call each of them back into the ring to be
scored.Then the remaining competitors
are called individually to execute their forms; these competitors are scored
immediately. Scoring the first three together allows the judges to balance the
group’s scoring range.
are usually three judges in each ring.Each scores without consulting the others.On the center judge’s command, “Score,” each
judge awards a score from 9.0 to 9.9 by holding up the appropriate number of
fingers.In the event that more than one
trophy contender receives the same score, each is asked to repeat the form, and
the judges score again.When the scores
are tallied, the top four competitors receive trophies, usually 1st,
2nd, and 3rd.
ring then begins sparring competition.(White, Orange, and Yellow belts use One-Steps.)Competitors are called into the ring two at a
time.When everyone has completed one
match, winners are paired for the second round.This sequence continues until the top four positions are decided.Trophies are awarded for1st, 2nd, and two 3rd’s.
in testing sparring, full contact is not allowed; slight, controlled contact is
sometimes necessary to validate the score.The same legal zones are observed.Hand techniques may be used on the front and side of the body from the
belt to the shoulder.No hand techniques
may be delivered to the face or head.Foot techniques may be used on the front and sides of the body from the
belt to, and including, the head and face.Kicks to the back of the head are legal, but no hand or foot techniques
may be intentionally delivered to the back or any area below the belt.
or foot technique to body:One
foot technique to body:Two
technique to head:Two points
foot technique to head:Three
points or disqualification may be assessed for failure to observe legal target
sparring match is finished when one competitor earns five points or when two
minutes elapse, whichever comes first.
1.Students are allowed to change into
“street clothes” at the end of their rank’s competition.They are then free to leave the premises or
enjoy the tournament as a spectator.Students and spectators should stay in spectator areas, leaving ring
areas clear for current competitors.Black Belts, of course, should wear dress clothing if students, and
instructor dress uniform if certified instructors.
2.Regulation uniforms and belts are
required.(White tennis shoes may be
worn when the student is not competing.)The uniform may be lettered, according to WTTU regulations, to identify
the competitor’s home school.
3.Students and instructors will bow to
the flags and judges each time they enter or leave the tournament room.
4.Fellow competitors are first fellow
students.The competitive spirit must
not preclude courtesy and respect.Students are encouraged to support their friends in an enthusiastic,
friendly, positive manner. No negative
comments are tolerated.
5.Students will answer enthusiastically;
they will bow before entering the ring and bow and thank the judges upon being
dismissed from the ring.
6.Students will address their opponents
in a courteous manner, wishing them well before the match begins and thanking
them when the match is completed.
7.Students, whether or not in uniform,
will display respect and courtesy to all other students, instructors, and
guests.(There is often limited seating
at tournaments.Guests should be offered
8.Every student, whether or not in
uniform and whether or not a competitor, will stand at attention and recite the
“Songahm Spirit” with the participants.
9.Each student will conduct himself in a
manner that brings honour to himself, his school, and his organization.(Many spectators are new to the martial arts
and may form opinions based on the actions and attitudes of students.)
10.Black Belts, students or instructors
must show proper courtesy to their own position, their juniors and seniors; and
must dress and act with the responsibility expected of their position.Lower ranked students likewise should realize
that each person is an example to others.Tournaments help set the tone of martial arts to students and
guests.This means each person’s
responsibility is greater, not less, than in class in his own school.
tournaments” are those which allow entry by competitors from any (or no)
martial arts discipline.While no
WTTU/ATA tournament is “open” to those outside the organization, WTTU/ATA does
not prohibit its students’ entry in open tournaments.The decision to allow a student to
participate in an open tournament rests with the student’s head instructor; his
permission must be obtained before the student may enter such a contest.
must be aware, however, that WTTU/ATA’s strict regulations regarding courtesy,
legal target areas, and minimal contact are not observed in most open
competitions; therefore, sparring safety is often compromised.
following are some of the rules of the Songahm Taekwondo Academy.When you come into our school, you will
notice the air of discipline and respect.This is because of the strict code of behavior that is required of ALL
students and instructors.We want to
encourage a respect for our peers, parents, juniors, and seniors both in and
out of the classroom.This is not to say
we don’t have fun, (because we sure do) but everything must be done in a
self-controlled manner, always maintaining respect and discipline.If you have any questions, please ask one of
our staff right away!
will bow to the flags each time they enter or leave the classroom area to
demonstrate respect to the instructors and fellow students, even if the area is
not being used for workout.
a student is unavoidable late for class, they should bow at the edge of the
workout floor and wait to be recognized by the instructor; then ask for
permission to enter class. Permission must be obtained to leave the classroom
for any reason.
should use the restroom before entering class.
students must turn in their tracking cards for each class.
will respond Yes/No Sir or Yes/No Ma’am, as appropriate, in all conversations
with instructors; students will stand respectfully and bow whenever greeting an
instructor, in or out of the classroom.
and parents will address instructors by the last name and the proper title
(Mr./Mrs.) regardless of any personal or family relationship.
are encouraged to participate in class enthusiastically, however, students
should avoid unnecessary conversation and should speak only at the proper
a student does not understand a directive, they shall raise their hand and ask
that the directive be repeated.A
student is expected to pay careful attention so the class may proceed without
will turn away from instructors and opponents when adjusting uniform or belt as
a show of respect.
senior student among students of the same rank is the student who reached the
rank first, or is designated the senior by the instructor.
student, regardless of rank, may instruct or correct another student without
the direct and specific permission and supervision of the instructor.
student’s uniform is to be hemmed, clean, and odor free for class.Cleanliness of person and uniform is
may not engage in free sparring without the direct supervision of an
a student is in the room when the Songahm Spirit of Taekwondo pledge is
recited, they must stand and recite the pledge with the group, whether or not
he is in uniform or a participant in the group session.
should be short or pulled back to leave vision clear.
will be no smoking or use of tobacco products in the school at any time.There will be no smoking or consumption of
alcohol at any time while in uniform.
of the student’s instructor is required before a student may attend or visit
another WTTU or martial arts school.
visitors to the class should be greeted with appropriate respect; if class is
in session, it should be immediately interrupted or this salutation.
will turn away from the instructor or partner when adjusting uniform or belt.
will not wear shoes on the workout floor.
students must wear a white T-shirt or aerobic top under the uniform.
jewelry shall be worn with the uniform (except wedding bands).
parents, and guests will not converse with any person involved in a class
session without the permission of the instructor.
student may work on forms higher than his own.
complaints, infractions, or violations of the moral and or ethical standards of
the WTTU / ATA should be reported in the proper order: StudenttoInstructor,toHead Instructor,toSchool
Owner,tospecially assigned Regional Officer,toNational
BLACK BELT NINE
POINT UNIFORM CHECKLIST
1.All Patches Sewn on Correctly
2.Lapels Left over Right
3.Pants Hemmed above the instep and heels
4.Belt Knot Correct
5.Belt Hanging Evenly
6.White T-shirt / Athletic top for WOMEN
7.Lettering on the Back
8.Proper Stripes for Black Belt or Higher
9.Clean and Pressed for Class
Take Pride in your uniform, and in
Any Questions? See
1.WASH IN COLD WATER
2.HANG DRY / AIR DRY
3.NEVER WASH BELTS
·Use Vinegar to set the belt color
·DO NOT Iron the uniform back directly
use a towel or inside out.
COME IN;LIGHT WEIGHT,MEDIUM WEIGHT,
WHERE DO THE PATCHES GO?
The W.T.T.U. patch goes on the RIGHT
hand, chest side.
Our Adult CLUB patch goes on the LEFT
hand, chest side.
The KARATE KIDS OF SONGAHM patch goes
on the LEFT hand, chest side.
The TINY TIGERS OF SONGAHM patch goes
on the LEFT hand, chest side.
The B.B.C. patch goes on the LEFT
sleeve, approx. 1 inch down the sleeve.
The M.C. patch goes on the RIGHT
sleeve, approx. 1 inch down the sleeve.
The TEAM Leadership Stars are placed
around the collar of the uniform. See Instructor.
The JUDGING CHEVRON is placed on the
RIGHT sleeve starting 1 inch from the cuff.
ASK YOUR INSTRUCTOR FOR MORE DETAILS.
IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE UNIFORMS, ASK FOR DETAILS.
How to Tie Your Belt
The Daily Dozen
Goal Setting Worksheet
“A Journey of a Thousand Miles begins
with a single Step”
goal is not a goal until you write it down, but is simply a wish. Take a few
moments to write down that you intend to achieve during Taekwondo training.
Whether they are physical, mental, material or career goals, be as specific as
possible when describing them and review them on a regular basis.