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This page outlines River Valley Taekwondo testing requirements for all ranks from 8th Geup through Sa Dan.

Requirements for 8th and 7th Geup are visible to anyone, but the curriculum for higher levels is only visible to students working toward those ranks. This means that before RVTKD students can see higher level requirements, you must:

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Geup Level Testing Requirements

The rank of Eighth Geup marks a student’s entry into the Jidokwan school of Taekwondo. By achieving this rank, he or she earns the right to wear the dobok, belt, and school symbol. It is the first major milestone in a student’s path along the Way and demonstrates a willingness to study Jidokwan and uphold its standards and traditions.

Because Eighth Geup represents a student’s intentions rather than any specific body of knowledge, there are no technical requirements and no test for this rank. This rank is awarded at the instructor’s discretion, usually after about one month of regular attendance.

  • one month of regular attendance
  • commitment to continue training
  • understanding of dojang protocols
  • knowledge of stretching techniques
  • knowledge of breathing techniques
  • purchase of dobok (uniform) and Jidokwan patch

The rank of 8th Geup is symbolized by a white belt.

A Seventh Geup is still a beginner, but this rank shows that a student has learned several of the fundamental concepts and techniques of Taekwondo study.  Although the student’s movements will be far from perfect, he or she should demonstrate techniques that are well-controlled and mechanically competent.  At this stage, directed spirit and clean technique are more important than speed and power.  All stances and all hand and foot positions should be correctly aligned, and strikes should reach their targets.  Students at this level should be introduced to sparring but should work slowly and carefully on fundamentals, not on landing techniques.


  • chariot
  • choonbi/baro
  • horse fighting stance
  • front stance
  • side fighting stance
  • back stance

Hand Techniques

  • down block
  • inside block
  • outside block
  • upward block
  • eight count block
  • suto block
  • front punch (middle, high, low targets)
  • reverse punch (middle, high, low targets)
  • shuffle punch
  • outside chop


  • front kick
  • inside crescent kick
  • roundhouse kick


  • Pal Gwe Il Jang (1)

Suggested Break

  • one board: reverse punch

The rank of 7th Geup is symbolized by a yellow belt.

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