Today I had a grading for our resident yellow belt.
When I sprung the start of the grading on him, you could see he was sweating from the warmup/workout, and from the heat and humidity of the morning.
What was I looking for? I was looking for slavish focus and a demonstration of technique understanding driven by the taekwondo pattern Dan-gun. All techniques and all defences should be driven with the framework that Dan-gun provided. This is part of the study, is it not?
So if I ask for a particular defence or application to be performed and that technique is featured as well in the previous grading, what version would I like demonstrated for this specific grading? Yes, it is the version that was recently taught.
This is how a structured Taekwondo syllabus adds layers to existing knowledge and pulls the student along. It also allows the student to use the structure of the patterns as a benchmark for future knowledge and introspection. My hope is that the student would continue to think about the lessons and add to their framework as they continue - with or without me.
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