Testing occurs approximately every eight weeks. As students progress in their belt levels, they will require more than eight weeks between tests, but beginner and intermediate students generally have the option of testing every eight weeks.
Our students test to show the skills they have developed while training, to build self-confidence and to advance to the next belt level in their training. Testing should be celebrated. It is important that we don’t advance students without them going through their required tests.
Testing is available in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Weapons classes. Information below is specific to Tae Kwon Do. Hapkido and Weapons students should consult with their instructors for testing requirements.
Before testing, students must develop the required skills and knowledge that accompanies their belt level. When the student feels they have mastered a skill, they should ask their instructor if they can earn a stripe. Stripes must be earned before testing.
Red Stripe: Mastery of the Belt-Level Form
Blue Stripe: Meaning of the Form, Board Break Skill
White Stripe: Techniques and One-Steps
Black Stripe: Tenets of Tae Kwon Do, Readiness for Testing
Students are required to fill out their Test Application and Permission Slip, which requires signatures of parent/guardians, teachers (when school is in session), and a black belt. Students should bring these forms to test day and arrive in full uniform at least 15 minutes prior to their testing session.
Test days are typically divided up by belt level. Depending on the size of the testing group, we may combine belt levels for a testing session. Students will appear in a group before a panel of judges while a Black Belt leads the testing by asking students to perform certain skills. The final skill is the board break.
Parents are encouraged to attend test day to support their student! Photography and videography are allowed as long as they are not distracting to the student.
All Testing is held at our main location the Academy 1928 SW 3rd St, Ankeny, Ia. 50023 right next to Wags Dog Day Care and the Ankeny Community Theatre.
Makeup testing is available at the Academy location 1 week after Test Day on Saturday at 2:00pm.