TRISTATE KARATE ACADEMY, LLC
Traditional Tang Soo Do / Tae Kwon Do
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This curriculum helps one to achieve excellent physical fitness, self confidence, respect for others and a strong work ethic as well as the unsurpassed ability to defend oneself and his or her loved ones. At the A.M.A.A. we take the safety of our students very seriously. We take every precaution to provide a safe and healthy learning environment while teaching the skills necessary for our students to protect themselves throughout their lives outside the dojang.
Tristate Karate Curriculum Technical Requirements
Note to students: In addition to all technical requirements listed below, a consistently high level of participation, performance and respect for both your instructors and your classmates is required during ALL classes in order to be eligible for promotion. This means your attention should be on your instructor at ALL times during discussion. You should be in a proper stance (Shio, Charyot or Joonbi) at ALL times. And you should maintain a high degree of individual focus during performance of your techniques. Daily observation of these requirements in addition to performance of all technical requirements will determine a student's eligibility to graduate to his or her next belt level.
Minimum time and class attendance required for advancement. White thru Blue Advanced 3-4 months with 28 classes minimum to be eligible for pretest for each belt. Red / Red Advanced 3-6 months. Brown / Brown Advanced belt 6 months with 56 class minimum each level to be eligible for pretest. Final promotion is contingent on passing of pretest.
Prebelt / Probational: 10th Geup
Term: 3 months
Must learn basic etiquette and proper dojang protocol.
Must have a minimum of 21 classes by final exam.
Must be able to perform white belt basics to a Korean 6 count.
White Belt Basics are performed as listed under the white belt curriculum and done facing left then facing right.
Wanshu & Sei Shan - Tang Soo Do
Choi Young & Se Jong -Tae Kwon Do
Black Belt 6th Dan:===================================
Term: min. 7 years
Ji On & Oh Sip Sa Bo - Tang Soo Do
Tong IL - Tae Kwon Do
NOTE: Our primary discipline at TKA is Tang Soo Do. Our secondary is Tae Kwon Do. All Tang Soo Do Hyung are mandatory. Those Tae Kwon Do Tul that are listed in parenthesis are for reference as to where each TKD form would fall in regular progression. All Tae Kwon Do Tul listed are mandatory for those also seeking rank in Tae Kwon Do. It is recommended that one first achieve their Cho Dan in Tang Soo Do then learn the balance of Tae Kwon Do Tul that have not previously been learned to achieve TKD rank in the interim between TSD Dan exams.
We encourage our students to research and enlighten themselves to the origins, history and meanings of not only our Tang Soo or TaeKwon specific forms and techniques but to the precursors from which much of these styles were derived. FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO DO HISTORY AND ORIGIN RESEARCH FOR BUNKAI / APPLICATIONS, TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE, ETC.:
Traditional Tang Soo Do Hyung and their Shotokan or Shorin Ryu Kata origin
Kicho Il Bu - Taikyoku Shodan
Kicho Ee Bu - Taikyoku Nidan
Kicho Sam Bu - Taikyoku Sandan
Pyung Ahn Cho Dan - Heian Shodan
Pyung Ahn Ee Dan - Heian Nidan
Pyung Ahn Sam Dan - Heian Sandan
Pyung Ahn Sa Dan - Heian Yodan
Pyung Ahn Oh Dan - Heian Godan
Bissai Dae - Bissai Dai
Naihanchi Cho Dan - Tekki Shodan
Naihanchi Ee Dan - Tekki Nidan
Naihanchi Sam dan - Tekki Sandan
Sip Soo - Jitte
Jin Do - Gankaku
Lo Hi (RoHai) - Meikyu
Kong San Kun - Kanku Dai
Wanshu - Empi
Seishan - Hangetsu
Ji On - Ji On
O Sip Sa Bo - Gojushiho Dai
Jin Soo - Chinte
When comparing these hyung and kata you will find many contrasts and likenesses. Researching in this manner only provides a deeper understanding of what we do as Tang Soo Karate practitioners and more deeply ingrains in our minds how we should be performing the techniques held within our forms. Happy researching!