As a White Belt testing for your Yellow Belt, this will be your very first test and you will be nervous. Everybody is, even the ones that say they aren’t. You will likely make technical mistakes. The judges will understand and cut you a lot of slack.
In Tang Soo Do, you will not be required (or even asked) to break any boards at your first test. Typically you will be required to demonstrate basic stances, techniques such as blocks and punches, and you will have to spar.
The single most important element of your first test, and this will remain true throughout your training, is to demonstrate a good attitude and respect for your instructors, your fellow students and (very important) yourself.
If you make a mistake and you swear, that is disrespectful to all three. You will make mistakes at some point in your testing. Do not get upset. Depending on where / when in the test the mistake is made, either simply move on, or ask to retry.
For instance, if there are ten of you performing Motion #1 together (Hyung Il Bu) and you forget to scream on the 7th move; just keep going and get it right on move #15. If you are asked to demonstrate something solo (very unusual in larger schools) and you fail; stop, and ask permission to try again.
Don’t admonish yourself. Ever.
Always answer with a loud “Yes sir” or whatever the expected response is in your school. We expect you to demonstrate a good attitude and self confidence from the very first test. This is the single most important element of your first test, and you should demonstrate these qualities in every class and test from here on.
Tang Soo Do Test Requirements for Yellow Belt (9th Gup)
- Motion #1 (Hynug Il Bu).
- One Step Sparring Hand: #1 & #2.
- One Step Sparring Kicking: #1 & #2.
- Long Distance Fighting Techniques #1 & #2.