Aregis Taekwondo Student Reference Guide

The purpose of Choong Sil Kwan

Taekwondo is to develop an individual's mental and physical well-being through a highly stylized and deliberate method of rigorous martial arts training. The result of this training is the empowering sense of self-worth, and the ability to control one’s physical state and personal destiny.

The student is guided into four stages of philosophical development.

  1. Imagination
  2. Inspiration
  3. Actualization
  4. Realization

In the initial stage of philosophical development, students must use their imagination to set goals beyond their current limitations and, from this, visualize their achievements in advance. This, in turn, strengthens their belief system to the point that specific goals are possible and obtainable.

With goals firmly in mind, the students must learn to self-inspire themselves into action, as they develop a sense of self-worth. Without this, they may never strive for success as they may feel they do not deserve the rewards that accompany achievement.

Actualization is taking the first step and entering into the process of the work and reward system.  The development of a strong work ethic is the most important element in this philosophy.  Even the most average of people can achieve excellence with a positive work habit.

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 not only improves oneself, but also the immediate world around you. This concept of "constant and never-ending improvement" is the ultimate purpose of Choong Sil Kwan.

Tenets of Taekwondo

Students must know the Tenets of Taekwondo and their meaning. As a student’s training progresses, the student will learn the importance of applying the Tenets into everyday life.

  1. Courtesy - Being courteous means to show respect for others and treat them, as you would wish to be treated. The practice of courtesy encourages a sense of justice and humanity. The practice of courtesy and proper etiquette allows us to distinguish instructor from student, senior from junior, and elder from younger. Students should practice courtesy to build their character and to allow us to conduct training in an orderly manner.
  2. Integrity - We must be truthful and honest, not only with others, but also with ourselves! Integrity means to have a wholeness that is often associated with truth and commitment to principles. Integrity should lead you in your daily decisions and the way you live your life.
  3. Perseverance - "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” We are all familiar with this popular expression that demonstrates the spirit of perseverance. Life is a series of challenges and, frequently, we face obstacles in the path to our goals. We must patiently face these obstacles with a positive mental attitude, not seeing them as problems but as challenges to be met and surpassed on the road to achievement.
  4. Self-Control - To control not only your body in its physical motions, but also your mental attitude so that you are open to learning and able to achieve your goals. To achieve control, you must first take responsibility for all of your actions. By recognizing the things you can change to avoid problems and failure, or merely to improve your technique, you can then learn to control them. Self-control means you are in control of your own actions and have the option of making your own decisions. With self-control will come the rewards and consciousness of our actions.
  5. Indomitable Spirit - Indomitable Spirit means to have the courage and strength of character to face adversity, whether mental or physical, and to triumph over it.or physical, and to triumph over it.

Student Oath

The Student Oath reinforces the Tenets of Taekwondo and further exemplifies the results of practicing the Tenets.

  1. I Shall Observe the Tenets of Taekwondo. The Tenets of Taekwondo are traits, or characteristics,  that all students of Taekwondo should apply to their daily lives. Students of Taekwondo should set an example for others by displaying these tenets in their actions.
  2. I Shall Respect My Instructors and Seniors. As with parents, teachers, and other authority figures, your instructors and seniors have worked very hard to achieve their position and deserve to be treated with the respect that recognizes their hard work and accomplishments.
  3. I Shall Never Misuse Taekwondo. Taekwondo is taught for the purpose of self-defense. It is not to be used for intimidation or to get your way. The Tenets of Taekwondo describe how you should apply your skills and talents.
  4. I Will Be a Champion for Freedom and Justice. As a student of Taekwondo, you have been taught the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. You should take it upon yourself to see that all those around you are treated in a fair and just way.
  5. I Will Build a More Peaceful World. By applying the tenets of Taekwondo to your life: showing respect, using your Taekwondo properly, and being a champion of freedom and justice, you will help make the immediate world around you a more pleasant and peaceful place to live.

Testing Definitions

Students are responsible to know the meaning of their belt colors and pattern definitions to their rankings. The following information is designed as a study guide so that the student will be prepared for their promotional testing.

White Belt - signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo.

Chon Ji - 19 moves, left foot returns

Song Song - 30 moves, right foot returns - Song Song means "Imagination." In the initial stage of philosophical development, students must use their imagination to set goals beyond their current limitations, and from this, visualize their achievements in advance.

Yellow Belt - signifies the earth, from which the plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwondo foundation is being laid.

1&2 Stripe - Dan Gun - 21 moves, left foot returns

3&4 Stripe - Do San - 24 moves, right foot returns

Song Song - 30 moves, right foot returns - Song Song means "Imagination." In the initial stage of philosophical development, students must use their imagination to set goals beyond their current limitations and, from this, visualize their achievements in advance. This, in turn, strengthens their belief system to the point that specific goals are possible and obtainable.

Green Belt - signifies the plant’s growth as taekwondo skills are developing.

1&2 Stripe - Won Hyo - 28 moves, right foot returns

3&4 Stripe - Yul Gok - 38 moves, left foot returns

Yong Gom - 40 moves, left foot returns - Yong Gom means "Inspiration." With goals firmly in mind, the students must also learn to self-inspire themselves into action, as they develop a sense of self-worth.

Blue Belt - signifies the heavens, toward which the plant develops into a towering tree, as the Taekwondo training progresses.

1&2 Stripe - Joong Gun - 32 moves, left foot returns

3&4 Stripe - Toi Gye - 37 moves, right foot returns

Yong Gom - 40 moves, left foot returns - Yong Gom means "Inspiration." With goals firmly in mind, the students must also learn to self-inspire themselves into action, as they develop a sense of self-worth. Without this, one may never strive for success as they may feel that they do not deserve the rewards that accompany achievement.

Red Belt - signifies danger, warning the student to exercise control and the opponent to stay away.

1&2 Stripe - Hwa Rang - 29 moves, right foot returns

3&4 Stripe - Choong Moo - 30 moves, left foot returns

Hyun Sil - 50 moves, left foot returns - Hyun Sil means "Actualization." Actualization is to take the first step and enter into the process of the work and reward system. The development of a strong work ethic is the most important element in this philosophy. Even the most average of people can achieve excellence with a positive work habit.

Black Belt - Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo. It also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.

Recommended Black Belt - Kwang Gae – 39 moves, left foot returns

1st Degree – Po-Eun – 36 moves, left foot returns

1st Degree – Ge-Baek – 44 moves, right foot returns

2nd Degree Recommended – Eui-Am – 45 moves, right foot returns

2nd Degree – Choong-Jang – 52 moves, left foot returns

2nd Degree – Kodang – 39 moves, left foot returns

2nd Degree – Juche – 45 moves, right foot returns

3rd Degree – Sam-Ill – 33 moves, left foot returns

3rd Degree – Yoo-Sin – 68 moves, right foot returns

3rd Degree – Choi-Yong – 46 moves, right foot returns

4th Degree – Yon-Gae – 49 moves, right foot returns

4th Degree – Ul-Ji - 42 moves, left foot returns

4th Degree – Moon-Moo – 61 moves, right foot returns

5th Degree – So-San – 72 moves, right foot returns

5th Degree – Se-Jong – 24 moves, left foot returns

6th Degree – Tong-Il – 56 moves, right foot returns

Sil Hyun - 60 moves, left foot returns - Sil Hyun means "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 not only improves oneself, but also the immediate world around you. This concept of "constant and never-ending improvement" is the ultimate purpose of Choong Sil Kwan.

Student Regulations

The Student Regulations are the requirements for good behavior in the school. As the Regulations are practiced in the school, students develop positive behaviors in everyday life.

  1. Instructors must always be addressed formally in the school as Mr., Mrs., or Miss, answering “Yes Ma’am or Yes Sir” when questioned. Personal relationships must always take a back seat to school protocol. If you are friends with an instructor, please wait until you are outside of the school before using informal conversation.
  2. Instructor’s office is off limits. Do not enter without first asking permission.
  3. Students must wear correct Taekwondo uniform and belt, except by special permission.
  4. Students must have clean bodies, trimmed nails, and long hair gathered or in a headband.
  5. White tee shirts may be worn under the uniform by female students only.
  6. Trust the requests and judgments of your instructor(s). Although reasons for instructor’s actions may not be apparent, your instructor is more knowledgeable and has your best interest in mind.
  7. Students should not be in the school if they have been consuming alcohol or drugs, or if they have a communicable disease such as “flu” or a fever.
  8. Absolutely no smoking in the school.
  9. Students should take responsibility to help keep the school, dressing rooms, and restrooms clean.
  10. Permission should be obtained before a student works out at another martial arts school. This is not an attempt at censorship, but rather a use of courtesy and respect.
  11. When students do attend other schools, they should treat all instructors and seniors as they would in their own school, keeping in mind that you are there representing your own instructors and school.
  12. Do not ask your instructor when or if he/she will teach various materials.
  13. No gum-chewing while in class or in the workout area.
  14. Students should at “all times” be accountable to the tenets of Taekwondo.
  15. If the students have a problem or suggestion that pertains to the center or to Taekwondo, you are encouraged to consult your instructor on this matter.
  16. No matter how big or small, every question is important; therefore, you are encouraged to ask. This is a big part of your learning and developing in Taekwondo.

Terminology

Modern Taekwondo studies date back many years throughout Korean history. Students may hear some of the frequently used Korean terms. Have fun learning a few Korean words!

  1. Taekwondo - means literally “the art of striking with the hand and kicking with the foot”
  2. White Belt - The white belt signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo
  3. Yellow Belt - Yellow signifies the earth, from which the plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwondo foundation is being laid
  4. Green Belt - Green signifies the plant’s growth as taekwondo skills are developing
  5. Blue Belt - Blue belt signifies the heavens, toward which the plant develops into a towering tree as the Taekwondo training progresses
  6. Red Belt - Red Belt signifies danger, warning the student to exercise control and the opponent to stay away
  7. Ahn Jo – Sit down
  8. Bah Roh – Return to ready position
  9. Cha Ryut – Attention
  10. Choong Sil Kwan means literally the “School of Constant and Never Ending Improvement”
  11. Dan – Degree
  12. Do Jhang – Training hall
  13. Dobok – the traditional Taekwondo uniform worn during training
  14. Dojang – the room you work out in
  15. Goman – Stop
  16. Gup – Class
  17. Jhoon Be– Ready position
  18. Kyong Yet – Bow
  19. Sah Bum Nim – Instructor above 4th Dan Black Belt
  20. Sho – At ease