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Previous Dan Syllabus Updates


The 2012 edition updates are here.

July 2010

The 2010 edition contains the following updates from the 2009 edition:
  • Tournament Official requirement for 2nd dan and higher.

    The requirement to officiate at tournaments has been extended to require the applicant to officiate for the full duration of the tournament (previously half).
    Note: An official can include such duties as a ring marshall, but not seconding.

Approved 20 May April 2010.

  • Senior dan gradings

    Senior dan gradings will no longer be held at IICs. We plan to hold a senior dan grading each year, by invitation of a region.

  • Testing for 1st dan

    Time and age limit (Page 5)

    An average of two 1½ hour training sessions per week for 6 months since being promoted to 1st gup. A shorter time period may be considered, taking into account the candidate's individual circumstances and training record.

    (The waiting time from 1st gup to 1st dan is 6 months, but some flexibility is allowed, taking into account the candidate’s individual circumstances and training record. )

    Approved 7 April 2010.

  • Destruction: Power Test (Page 6)

    a. Hand - downward punch or knifehand downward strike
    Men: 6 tiles. Women: 3 tiles. Juniors: front elbow strike - 2 boards.

    (This change gives the option for both men and women to use knifehand instead of a forefist. Number of tiles remains the same.)

    Approved September 2009.

2009 Updates

Amendments made for the 4th Edition (2009)

One Step Sparring (all levels)

The attacker or the examiner determines the techniques that the attacker performs. Must demonstrate right and left sides equally. A pre-arranged partner is allowed.


Testing for 1st dan: Overhead kick - 1 board Top of the board held at chest height standing.

Self Defence

Testing for 2nd dan: On the ground. Non pre-arranged self defence techniques against an attacker or attackers while on the ground. Approximately 1½ minutes in duration. Minimum of 10 techniques in total. A pre-arranged partner is allowed.

Testing for 3rd dan: Against weapon attack
Non pre-arranged defence against a stick attack. Minimum of 10 techniques in total. A pre-arranged partner is allowed. Approximately
1½ minutes in duration.

Testing for 4th dan: Multiple Attackers Throwing and falling techniques
Non pre-arranged defence against multiple opponents. Approximately 1½ minutes in duration. Pre-arranged partners are allowed.


Testing for all levels above 1st dan: Must have umpired officiated at [?] tournaments since last promotion.

The requirement to umpire at tournaments has been extended to include "Officiated". This means being an official, such as a ring marshall (not seconding) will satisfy this requirement.

Testing for 4th dan and higher: Must hold an ITFNZ Instructors' Certificate and be a current ITFNZ Instructor or Assistant Instructor.

Appendix A

Re-wording as follows:

Special dispensation policy
The examiners at any grading will take necessary cognisance of any age requirements, medical condition or physical disabilities that a member has. This is to be advised to the Technical Committee prior to the actual grading. In the instance of a medical condition or physical disability a medical certificate or report from an approved specialist would be expected to accompany the member’s application for grading. The director of the ITFNZ technical committee will assess each individual case based on circumstances and supporting information. The final decision of the ITFNZ technical committee director will be given to the sitting examiners. The sitting examiners will apply the decision as favourably as possible, conducting alternative variations to tests to compensate for age requirements, the medical condition, or physical disability.

Age requirements
For those under 18 years of age, hand destructions are not permitted, with the exception of the front elbow strike or in some cases, at the discretion of the instructor and sitting examiners.

For those over 40 years of age, or with medical / physical reasons jumping is optional for destructions. The examiners may consider making adjustments to the breaking requirements, and in some cases accept substitute breaking techniques. In the case of a substitute techniques, these must be submitted with the grading application for approval by the sitting examiners.

Appendix B

Note: Gold points have been removed.

Examples of Contribution Credits
Assisting with instructing or other regular duties at club - 1 point
Community service - 1 point
Writing an article for Taekwon-Do Talk Magazine - 1 point
Umpiring or officiating at a tournament - 1 point
Instructing at a camp or seminar - 1 point
Being an official Assistant Instructor (must hold an Instructors Certificate) - 3 points

Gold Points
Each Gold point entitles you to a $10 rebate from the grading fee.

10 Contribution Credit Points - 1 gold point
Organising a Regional Camp or Tournament - 5 points
Organising a National Tournament, Camp or Seminar - 10 points
Being a member of the ITFNZ Management or Committee - 10 points
Being a member of the ITFNZ Board or Director of other ITFNZ Committee - 1 gold point 10 points per year (since last grading)
Being an Instructor - 1 gold point 10 points per year per club (since last grading)

It is the responsibility the applicant to ask their Instructor or Regional Director to allocate the correct number of credit and gold points on the form. Only accurately
recorded events should be awarded, including full dates of each item. The Instructor may also wish to offer clarification or further explanation, as sometimes a student's contribution may be significantly more than indicated by points above.

Marshalling at a grading is considered a basic duty of a black belt and does not earn a credit point towards gradings.

Appendix C

Pass incomplete
If the score is within 5 points of a pass the Examiners may can award a “pass incomplete”. This is for cases where the candidate failed a particular area which can be re-tested. The Examiners would identify the main areas that let the applicant down and only those areas would have to be re-tested, to be done at a gup or black belt grading. The applicant's Instructor must inform the Technical Director of the student's intention to re-test at least two weeks prior to the grading. Only one re-testing is allowed, after which the applicant must re-sit the entire black belt grading.

Appendix D

Half points added to fitness scoring:

Appendix F - Application to grade

Applications for black belt gradings must be received at least one month prior to the grading. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

All applications must be complete on-line, via the ITFNZ website: www.itfnz.org.nz/ref

  • To log-in to the system you will need your name (spelt exactly as you have been registered) and ITFNZ membership number. This is on your membership card, or available from your instructor.
  • You will be able to save your on-line application part way through and return to it later should you need other information to complete the process.
  • You will need to attach a passport photo taken in dobok plus any other documentation such as medical certificate or essay.
  • You will be required to list your credits, which will automatically be emailed to your instructor or regional Director for verification, at which time an Instructors report will also be requested.
  • Payments should be made on-line also. If this is not possible please post a cheque (payable to ITFNZ) to: ITFNZ Finanace, P.O.Box 457, Silverdale 0944 . For further information and assistance with your application please see www.itfnz.org.nz/ref.

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