Each belt has a series of questions and answers that must be memorized prior to testing. This is to ensure that the student understands the philosophy of the martial art, as well as the physical aspects.
Below are the questions and answers, broken down by belt.
Questions/Answers for White to Yellow Belt
What is the term use for the training hall?
What is the name of your dojo?
Anacaonda Karate Club
What is the name of your instructor?
What are the major styles influencing your system of karate?
Toushi-Kan and Taekwondo
What are the major styles influencing the Toushi-kan system?
Ninpo and Taekwondo
What are some of the major systems that are felt to have influenced Taekwondo?
Shotokan karate and Taekyon
Give an approximate translation of the following:
Ninpo - law of endurance
Taekwondo - to jump, kick or smash with the foot; to strike of parry with the hand; way, method, art, or philosophy
Toushi-kan - house of the fighting spirit
Taekyon - foot defense
Shotokan - house of the wind through the pines
Who is the founder of the Toushi-kan system?
Who is considered to be the founder of the Shotokan system?
Where did Ninpo originate?
Where did Taekwondo originate?
Where did Toushi-kan originate?
Great Falls, MT
Name three people who have been major influences on Taekwondo in Montana.
Jae Ho Park
What is the name of the karate uniform?
WWhat is the name of the karate belt?
What is the ultimate goal of martial arts?
The harmonious development and ultimate perfection of the human character.
What are the five aims of a karate student?
Name the colors of the ranking system in order.
Brown 3rd Degree
Brown 2nd Degree
Brown 1st Degree
Black (10 Degrees)
Questions/Answers for Yellow to Orange Belt
Who was Bodhidarma (bo-dee-dar-ma)?
A monk who traveled from India to China
When did Bodhidarma travel to China?
Around 528 AD
Why did Bodhidarma go to China?
To instruct the Chinese in Buddhism
Why do martial artists remember him?
He is credited with establishing the basis for modern day Karate
Where did this take place?
The Shaolin Temple
Why did he decide to teach martial arts?
He found the Chinese to weak to properly perform the meditative exercies he practiced.
China was filled with wild animals and violent men
How did martial arts spread from China to other countries?
Monks leaving the country to spread Buddhism
People in the business of trade were also introduced by traveling to China and back to their homeland.
What are the basic meanings of the five aims of a martial artist?
Modesty - Not to brag, not to show off, to be humble
Perseverance - To set a goal and work towards it until it is reached
Self-Control - When the mind is able to control emotional and physical responses under stress, then self-control is achieved from a martial artist's standpoint
Indomintable Spirit - The characteristic where physical force can not cause ones feeling of right and wrong to change
Etiquette - An outward showing of respect to ones self, to another, to a place, or to an object
Questions/Answers for Orange to Green Belt
In Korean history, what year were the three kingdoms unified?
Who was credited with the unificiation of Korea?
What is the translation of Hwrarango?
What was the Hwrarangdo?
A military, educational and social organization for noble youths
Which king formed the Hwrarangdo?
King Chin Heung
What general was the leader of Hwrarangdo?
General Kim Yu Sin
What were the tenents of Hwrarangdo code of honer?
Loyalty to the king
Obedience to parents
Honor and faith among friends
Perseverance in battle
Killing with justice
Questions/Answers for Green to Blue Belt
What are the vital areas of the body?
During which dynasty did the study of martial arts flourish?
The Koryo Dynasty(935AD - 1392AD)
In the 7th century, what three kingdoms were present that now comprise present day Korea?
What effect did the Yi dynasty have on martial ats in Korea?
The people grew uninterested in martial arts
What brought about this condition?
The principles of Confucianism brought about an interest in Chinese classical study
Questions/Answers for Blue to Pruple Belt
During what years did Japan occupy Korea?
1910 to 1945
In what year was karate introduced to Korea?
Who first introduced Taekyon to the United States?
Choi Hong Hi, as a demonstration
In what year?
What caused martials arts to decline again during this period?
The Korean War caused the death of many masters
Who was the first to actually teach Taekyon in the United States?
In what year?
What year was Korea's martial art renamed "Taekwondo"?