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Examination Requirements
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Examination Requirements
All examinations are subject to the rules and regulations of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).  TKD Power™ strictly enforces ITF standards to ensure that members can be assured that their achievements are globally recognised ... guaranteed.
 
Grading Examination Applications
All applications must be received by the Secretary on or before the advertised application deadline.  This will be announced well in advance on the  TKD Power™ Calendar on this website. Only applications on the official form will be accepted.  All fees must be sent through Paypal and the correct payment reference marked on the application form.
Grading Application Form
 
Examiner's Certification
TKD Power™ Examination Panels are always headed by an ITF Certified Examiner.  The required qualifications for an examiner (by-law 7.3.3) are:
- Minimum age 21 years
- Minimum 4th Degree Black Belt
- Certified ITF International Instructor
- Current ITF Teaching Plaque
Under ITF regulations (bylaw 7.2.1) an examiner may certify a student up to the following grades:
Examiner Authority (up to and including)
IV Dan I Dan
V Dan II Dan
VI Dan III Dan
VII Dan VI Dan
ITF Masters Promotion Committee VIII Dan
ITF Board of Directors & General Assembly IX Dan
* Promotions to IV Dan and higher are considered international promotions.  Candidates are required to apply to the ITF Secretary General's Office for permission to test to these grades at least 6 months before the proposed examination. 
TKD Power™ members are required to submit a thesis for promotion to IV Dan.  IV Dan is considered to be expert level.  The thesis is expected to represent evidence that the particular student has appropriate knowledge and experience to be recognised as an expert in Taekwon-Do.
A thesis may be on any subject that can be related to any aspect of Taekwon-Do, including, but not limited to: analysis of techniques; history; societal impact; health and well being; personal development, child development; business and administration, application and practice.
The thesis must be written in an academic style and include references to supporting documents and publication.  Assistance will be given to candidates from a non-academic background in the preparation of the thesis, which is expected to take between 6 months and 1 year to completion.  Candidates should consult with their instructors early to ensure that any proposed thesis is appropriate.
The thesis will help to extend the esoteric body of knowledge that constitutes Taekwon-Do and may be submitted for publication in refereed journals.
 
Minimum Promotion Requirements
It is assumed in all cases, that the minimum requirements include the entire sillabus for physical performance and theory appropriate to each grade and available to all members in the member area.
Grade Belt Minimum Requirements
9th Kup Yellow Tab 1 month training
You must ensure that you have uploaded a current passport style photo in your member area profile, and ensure that all stored personal details are accurate and correct.  The photo should be in shirt and tie for adults, or smart dress for children (school uniform would be suitable)
8th Kup Yellow 1 month training
You are required to own a full set of approved sparring equipment to include headguard, foot and hand protectors, gum shield.  Shin guards are mandatory for juniors (optional for adults) and groin guards are mandatory for all males.
7th Kup Green Tab 2 months training
6th Kup Green 2 months training
5th Kup Blue Tab 3 months training
4th Kup Blue 3 months training
3rd Kup Red Tab 4 months training
2nd Kup Red 4 months training
If you intend to be considered for group, national or continental representative teams, or tournament sparring participation, you are required to own a full set of RED and BLUE approved sparring equipment to include headguard, foot and hand protectors, gum shield.  Shin guards are mandatory for juniors (optional for adults) and groin guards are mandatory for all males.
1st Kup Black Tab 5 months training
I Dan Black 5 months training, minimum age 10 years
II Dan Black 18 months training, minimum age 14 years
3 months can be deducted if the candidate participates at one or more IIC during preparation period.
III Dan Black 2 years months training, minimum age 16 years.
3 months can be deducted if the candidate participates at one or more IIC during preparation period.
IV Dan Black 3 years training, minimum age 21 years,
1 IIC must be attended during preparation period.
6 months can be deducted if the candidate participates at one or more IIC during preparation period.
V Dan Black 4 years training, 1 IIC must be attended during preparation period.
6 months can be deducted if the candidate participates at one or more IIC during preparation period.
VI Dan Black 5 years training, 1 IIC must be attended during preparation period.
6 months can be deducted if the candidate participates at one or more IIC during preparation period.
VII Dan
(Master)
Black 6 years training, 2 IIC's must be attended during preparation period.
VIII Dan
(Master)
Black 7 years training, 2 IIC's must be attended during preparation period.
Curriculum vitae, Thesis, Letter of approval of NA or AA are also required.
IX Dan
(Grand Master)
Black 8 years active training, must participate at least at two IIC’s during the preparation period plus:

- endorsement and nomination by min. three 9th Degrees
- long standing and accomplished ambassador for Taekwon-Do in home country
- attendance at tribunal of the Master Promotion Committee panel

Additionally the promotion committee may require:
- a special work given by the Board of Directors and complied by the candidate
- having under his Leadership/Instruction 3 Masters in activity
 
Grading Fees
Grade Fee Includes
10th Kup - 1st Kup £13.50 per Kup grade
  • Physical Examination & Oral Theory Test
  • Belt (where required)
  • TKD Power™ Certificate signed by authorised ITF International Instructor available through the members area online
  • There is no fee for examination retakes, for candidates who fail promotion tests.
1st Degree (I Dan) £100.00
  • Physical Examination & Written Theory Test
  • ITF Approved Embroidered Belt with Candidates Names and Grade
  • TKD Power™ Certificate signed by authorised ITF International Instructor available through the members area online
  • ITF International Degree Certificate
  • ITF International Identity Card and Mini Certificate for access to International Events and Cahmpionships
  • ITF Black Belt Lapel Badge
  • TKD Power™ Association Black Belt Tie
  • Additionally, candidates may pre-order a Black Belt Dobok, with appropriate trim for £38.00
  • There is no fee for examination retakes, for candidates who fail promotion tests.
2nd Degree (II Dan) £150.00
  • Physical Examination & Written Theory Test
  • ITF Approved Embroidered Belt with Candidates Names and Grade
  • TKD Power™ Certificate signed by authorised ITF International Instructor available through the members area online
  • ITF International Degree Certificate
  • ITF International Identity Card and Mini Certificate for access to International Events and Championships
  • There is no fee for examination retakes, for candidates who fail promotion tests.
3rd Degree (III Dan) £200.00
  • Physical Examination & Written Theory Test
  • ITF Approved Embroidered Belt with Candidates Names and Grade
  • TKD Power™ Certificate signed by authorised ITF International Instructor available through the members area online
  • ITF International Degree Certificate
  • ITF International Identity Card and Mini Certificate for access to International Events and Championships
  • There is no fee for examination retakes, for candidates who fail promotion tests.
IV Degree (IV Dan) Current ITF Certification Fees (Please verify with your instructor)
  • Application to ITF HQ for permission for testing
  • External Examiner Fees
  • Physical Examination
  • Oral & Written Theory Test
  • Consideration of Thesis
  • ITF Approved Embroidered Belt with Candidates Names and Grade
  • TKD Power™ Certificate signed by authorised ITF International Instructor available through the members area online
  • ITF International Degree Certificate
  • ITF International Identity Card and Mini Certificate for access to International Events and Championships
  • TKD Power™ Association IVth Degree Black Belt Tie
Promotion to grades above IV Dan are subject to prevailing international requirements and fees.  Members may be required to test at venues or events designated by the ITF or National Governing Body.
 
Colourbelt Grading Results
Examiners have absolute discretion to award the following results for colour belt examinations:
  • Fail
  • Recertification/Acceptance of current grade*
  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction
Candidates who achieve a pass at Distinction level may reduce the minimum time between examinations by 50%.  In very exceptional circumstances, the examiner may instead choose to award a double promotion up to and including promotion to 1st Kup.  Double promotions may be subject to scrutiny by the management committee and Examiners may be required to justify their decision.
Candidates who fail colourbelt examinations may retake the examination with no further fee requirement. 
*'Recertification/Acceptance of current grade' is only available to colourbelt members who may have joined TKD Power™ having already achieved grade promotion from non-ITF groups.   Any requirement for recertification is entirely at the discretion of the Instructor of the individual concerned. 
 
Black Belt Grading Results
Examiners are expected to award results in accordance with ITF current guidelines.  Candidates will be advised of pertaining guidelines upon application.
 
NON-ITF Black Belt Certification
TKD Power™ only awards, and therefore will only recognise, black belt certification issued by the legally recognised international governing body for ITF Taekwon-Do (www.tkd-itf.com).  We reserve the absolute right to refuse to accept any black belt certification from non-ITF Groups, or, at our discretion, refer cases to the ITF Secretariat for individual consideration.
We strongly recommend to those who may be considering taking up Taekwon-Do, that they ensure that any club or group that they choose is legally constituted, appropriately insured, and registered with the correct legal governing body for ITF Taekwon-Do.  TKD Power™ will be pleased to verify the ITF status of any school in our operating districts.  Please Contact Us for more information.
Publication of Examination Results
Results of all grading examinations will be published at www.tkdpower.com and may be referred to local or national media groups for onward publication (subject to our child protection policies and procedure, where appropriate).
 
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