QUESTIONS:

1) What is the exact meaning of the words that make up Taekwon-Do?
  1. the art of using the hands and feet for defense;
  2. the art of immobilizing an opponent with your bare hands;
  3. the art of using foot techniques to block an attack;
  4. the art of using sweeping techniques to make an opponent fall down.
2) What is the link between Taekwon-Do and the other martial arts?
  1. Taekwon-Do is a style of Karate, using techniques that do not involve close combat;
  2. Taekwon-Do is a style of Kung-Fu that originated in China and is often used by movie stars like Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan;
  3. Karate-Do, Aikido, and Taekwon-Do are all distinct martial arts that originated in the Orient;
  4. Taekwon-Do is a kind of kick-boxing, created relatively recently in North America.
3) In the walking stance (gunun sogi), why is your weight distributed equally on each of your feet?
  1. so I won’t fall over;
  2. because it will help me kick faster;
  3. so that I will be ready to move either forward or backward;
  4. this stance helps me to start flying techniques more easily.
4) According to General Choi’s books, the Hwa-Rang pattern consists of 29 movements, but how many movements do we really perform in this pattern?
  1. 28
  2. 30
  3. 31
  4. 32
5) According to the explanation in the Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, written by General Choi, in a connecting motion how many breaths do we perform?
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. none
6) Who is the current chairman of the ITF Masters Promotion Committee?
  1. Master Hector Marano;
  2. Master Ung Kim Lan;
  3. Grandmaster Van Binh;
  4. None of the above.
7) According to the convention (ITF standard) designed by General Choi for the ITF patterns system, an attack into the high section requires that the attack be at eye level for the attacker (first horizontal line). This level corresponds to which point on an imaginary opponent of the same size as the attacker and standing in front of him:
  1. at his philtrum;
  2. at his solar plexus;
  3. at his jaw;
  4. at his Adam’s apple.
8) Why do ITF teachers (Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors, and Assistant Instructors) all use the tenets of Taekwon-Do when they teach a class?
  1. it helps to create an oriental atmosphere in the class;
  2. to have perfect discipline in the class;
  3. to show that ITF Taekwon-Do is different from other martial arts;
  4. it is part of teaching the Do and helps students to develop a good value system and live according to the philosophy of ITF Taekwon-Do.
9) For all twenty-four ITF Taekwon-Do patterns, you must:
  1. look to the front when performing movements;
  2. exhale and grunt loudly when doing kicks;
  3. return to the place where you started the pattern;
  4. kick as high as possible.
10) What is the main purpose of three-step sparring?
  1. to improve self-defense skills;
  2. to develop good physical conditioning for the free-sparring;
  3. to better understand the basic movements and to be able to judge distances while executing Taekwon-Do moves;
  4. none of the above.
11) Write the appropriate tenet of ITF Taekwon-Do beside each phrase:
  1. When others provoke you, do not become angry ..................................................
  2. If your friend is attacked by two aggressors, defend him .......................................
  3. Do not lie ....................................................
  4. Practice hard, repeat the movements again and again ..........................................
(You should be able to give at least two right answers.)
12) How do we evaluate the quality of free-sparring?
  1. by the accuracy and the good timing of the movements;
  2. by the number of attacks delivered;
  3. by the fighter’s ability to keep his balance;
  4. by how spectacular the combined techniques are.
13) What are the principal elements you need to practice to be successful at power breaking?
  1. the correct technique and good focus (accuracy);
  2. making exactly the right sound when you hit the board;
  3. using boards that are easy to break (and don’t position them too high);
  4. concentrating on the target (and don’t worry about the pain).
14) Give at least two examples of how you show courtesy (respect) for your teacher:


15) Give at least two examples of how you show loyalty to your teacher:



ANSWERS:

1) a) the art of using the hands and feet for defense
2) c) Karate-Do, Aikido, and Taekwon-Do are all distinct martial arts that originated in the Orient
3) c) so that I will be ready to move either forward or backward
4) c) 31
5) a) 1 breath
6) c) Grandmaster Van Binh
7) a) at his philtrum (the groove above the upper lip)
8) d) It is part of teaching the Do and helps students to develop a good value system and live according to the philosophy of ITF Taekwon-Do.
9) c) return to the place where you started the pattern
10) c) to better understand the basic movements and to be able to judge distances while executing Taekwon-Do moves
11)
  1. self-control
  2. indomitable spirit
  3. integrity
  4. perseverance
12) a) In free sparring, you can only score when you aim at and reach the allowed target area (ex: face, chest, ribs, abdoment) accurately right distance)and at the right moment when there is a good opening (good timing).
13) a) To be successful at breaking boards, it is necessary to perform the correct technique that will provide good balance and power. The blow must reach the right place (the center line of the board) with accuracy (good distance and angle).
14) Here are some possible correct answers:
  • I pay attention when my teacher is talking;
  • I bow with the correct posture when I meet my teacher;
  • I follow instructions from my teacher;
  • I always speak politely to my teacher;
  • When my teacher needs assistance, I offer to help.
15) Here are some possible correct answers:
  • I do not say bad things about my teacher or my school;
  • I always defend my teacher;
  • I am sincere, and I always tell the truth to my teacher;
  • I will not leave my teacher for another just to get personal benefits or privileges;
  • I do not show disrespect for my teacher;
  • When I do not understand or if I do not agree with what my teacher says, I tell him what I think in a very respectful manner.


ANSWERS:

How did you do?

______ / 15 (number of correct answers)

If your score is: That is:
13 to 15 = > 85%
Excellent
You can be very proud of the depth of your knowledge of the ITF and of Taekwon-Do. Keep up the good work, and don’t forget to apply your knowledge as you practice Taekwon-Do and in your everyday life.
10 to 12 = 65% to 85%
Good
Continue to work to gain more knowledge, and your score is sure to go even higher.
7 to 9 = 50% to 64%
Acceptable
I am sure you train hard, but perhaps you need to spend more time to improve your knowledge. The more you learn, the better you will understand – and your techniques will improve as well.
6 or less = < 50%
Weak
No doubt you will agree that you need to improve your knowledge. Try reading about ITF Taekwon-Do for a short period of time each week. There is a lot of material on the ITF Web site. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. That is how we learn.
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