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About Taekwondo

Information on all aspects of Taekwondo can be found here.

Belts and Grading

On joining Carlton – Arena Taekwondo, a student will start as a “white belt" or "10th Kup”. Approximately once every four months all students will undergo a promotion test and, on being successful, the student will be awarded a new grade.

When reaching the grade of 1st Kup (red belt + black tag), the student will spend a minimum of six months preparing for his or her black belt grading (1st Dan).

Taekwondo Belts

Taekwondo belts

Promotion tests for Kup grades, at Carlton – Arena Taekwondo, are carried out by

Grading Panel

Master Guy Châtel (6th Dan)

Sophie Châtel (4th Dan)


Natalie Châtel (3rd Dan)

James Barrett (4th Dan)

Thomas Leatherland (4th Dan)

Dan Grading

Bristish Taekwondo holds three black belt promotion tests per year (including one in Scotland).

The Bristish Taekwondo black belt promotion test panel consists of a minimum of five Masters (5th Dan and above).


Poomsae consists of patterns which may be broken down into a series of basic movements each of which may contain a stance, block, kick and strike


Sparring is the application of the basics learned in poomsae in a fighting context between two opponents

Body armour is worn by the players above yellow belt.

Self defence

Self defence is an important aspect of Taekwondo

Page last updated : 12th February 2018