Congratulations on recently attaining your Black Belt. Please remember that your journey here was a result of years of hard work and training. Please remember that Martial Arts is more than an activity, it is in fact, a way of life. Over time, you will begin to realize that Black Belt is not the last step, but the first. You will start to realize that the tenets of Tae Kwon Do, Strength in the Body, Honesty in the Heat, and Knowledge in the Mind, will start to guide you through all aspects of your life.
Now that your foundation has been set in Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do, we will now be able to explore the roots of Tae Kwon Do as well as other aspects of martial arts as a whole that help make the Jhoon Rhee system an eclectic martial art.
The most important part of your advanced training will be honing your skills as a leader. This will not only help you in the martial arts, but in all areas of your life.
Again, congratulations on your accomplishment and best wishes for continued success.
Yours With Confidence,
While assisting in classes, please remember the following:
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. You need to be present during the bow in procedure.
You must wear full uniform at all times. This includes t-shirt season.
You must sign into the leadership schedule prior to classes.
If you cannot make a scheduled time, please contact us immediately.
Plase be sure to have a good balance between classes you are helping with and classes you are attending. Keep an eye on your target dates and set your goals.
PRACTICING AT HOME:
Please remember that your knowledge of curriculum is always growing. The basics and lower belt material have a large impact on your proficiency with the newer, more advanced material. Remember, there is no such thing as advanced techniques, simply variations of basics. So be sure to practice all of your material, including your white belt material.
If you are enrolled in the 2nd Degree program, you may also wear the blue uniform. Only Black Belts may wear Black uniforms. Uniforms must always have uniform patches and always be clean, odor free, and pressed before each class attended.
-24 Months 2nd Dan Black Belt
-12 Months Purple Tip
-3 Months Gold Tip
Black Belts in Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do program will advance in rank according to the belt ladder to the left. The official belt and diploma will be awarded at your school’s graduation ceremony. It will have one silver bar at the end to signify 1st Degree Black Belt. The testing cycle for each tip is approximately every 3-4 months depending on attendance and proficiency of curriculum. For each tip, you must fulfill 5 requirements:
TESTING AND GRADUATIONS:
Tip testing will be held periodically. There are no fees for these tests and you must still attend one of the monthly tests.
The stripe system used in the under belt system will not be used. However, each student must fulfill 4 requirements which are very similar to receive their new tip.
Time/Attendance – 24 Classes or 3 month’s time is the minimum requirement to progress from one tip to the net. (30 classes and 4 months from Brown Tip to 2nd Dan)
Leadership – 12 Leadership credits is the minimum requirement to progress from one tip to the next. (15 credits from Brown Tip to 2nd Dan)
Academic/Goal (For adults not in school) – For each tip, you are required to submit a substantial achievement in school such as major test or project. Adults are asked to submit a goal sheet that is equally as substantial.
Character/Community Service – As representatives of Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do and leaders in the community, we want to make sure we help make a positive impact on our community. Please take this time as Black Belts to be creative on making a difference in your community. Please submit a write-up of your project or something from any sort of community service you have performed. Please see us for suggestions. Some larger goals may encompass several tips.
Curriculum – At each tip you will have curriculum to perform as outlined in your curriculum guide. You must prove proficiency in order to move from tip to tip.
The original Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do books for the traditional forms will be required for each tip.
Notebook Addition – Aside from keeping your notebook up to date, the essay for 2nd Dan is, “What Teaching Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do Has Done For Me”.
Part of being a Black Belt is expanding your imagination, exploring your individualism, and maturing your creative thought process. Now that you have the basic tools in Tae Kwon Do, it’s time to put your skills together.
As you start to create your own forms, please consider the following:
NAME – All forms have some sort of meaning. Grandmaster Rhee’s themes have revolved around the basic tenets of patriotism and life skills. Pick a name that best describes your form, your personality or something that is meaningful to you. English is fine, but even better, try to find the Korean translation.
LENGTH – Forms can vary in length from 10 seconds to 3 minutes. Since this is a Black Belt form, the length should be between 1 to 3 minutes.
SYMMETRY/PATTERN – Most forms have some sort of symmetry or pattern. Typically, but not always, forms will begin and end in the same spot. If you perform certain moves in one position, they do not necessarily have to be the same moves in another direction, rather the same distance. Instead of East/West, North/South symmetry, you can also experiment with diagonal positions.
DIFFICULTY – Obviously, you want your form to represent a Black Belt level form. Basic movements and upright stances can still be used, however, the majority of your form should contain low stances and advanced kicks.
YELLS – Most of the underbelt forms were limited to 4-6 yells. Take the opportunity to emphasize your form with not just several yells, but different types of yells.
PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS –Although forms represent the artistic “art” side of martial arts, please be sure the majority of your techniques have a practical application.
INDIVIDUAL FLAIR – Your form represents you, so add certain techniques that you can do well and moves that are individual to you.
Breaking has existed since the birth of martial arts. Although the typical misconception is that breaking represents brute force, strength and power are only part of it.
Board breaking has many benefits. You are forced to set certain goals which, in turn, will help you improve.
TECHNIQUE –Proper technique is highly emphasized since breaking represents some of the practical application of certain strikes.
PHYSICAL SPEED – Speed is an important function of power. Quickness and delivery are essential to a successful board break. The true test of speed is “speed breaks” where the board is not supported and the board will only break if struck with sufficient velocity.
BALANCE –With kicks especially, you are now faced with the challenge of accurately delivering a technique while maintaining balance and composure.
FOCUS AND ACCURACY – Now, more than ever, you must focus completely on your target and accurately place3 your technique.
PRECISION – Not only is the placement of your technique important, but details such as part of the hand and foot you are striking with as well as exact placement on the board.
PERSEVERANCE AND CONFIDENCE –You may not be able to break 100% of the boards on your first attempt, however, with perseverance and a positive, confident attitude, you will find you can accomplish anything!
POWER – Strength coupled with speed, accuracy and focus will enable you to perform successful breaks.
**Please Note-Although we are firm believers on the importance of breaking, your individual safety is ALWAYS important. All breaking boards and techniques must be approved by the instructors. Although the techniques used will be consistent with all students, the board sizes and thicknesses will vary, depending on the student’s age and skeletal maturity. Medical doctors with extensive martial arts backgrounds have been consulted for our board breaking program.
First book of the original series by GR. Includes history and terminolgy