Reaching for the sky with your taekwondo blue belt

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We explain what your taekwondo blue belt represents.

We give you training tips for working towards your tkd blue belt.

And we talk about handling some of the pressure you might face.

Your taekwondo blue belt represents the sky.

If you think of your taekwondo like a plant that grew strong as you grew into your green belt.

Then now as you work towards blue belt your plant is reaching up towards a blue sky.

Your Blue Belt Basics

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Chances are you're learning jump and spin kicks now.

These are not easy techniques- but it's really cool when you can do them well.

At blue belt level your instructor is not looking for these kicks to be perfect. And they would rather you do them with good technique than rush them with poor technique. Here's some help with taekwondo spin kicks and for tips on jump kicks head here.

Taekwondo side kick is one of those techniques that takes years to get right.

When we trained in Korea the masters told us that they use side kick as a good measure of overall technique.

So keep practising it! Remember that good technique is more important than height.

Here's tips for nailing your taekwondo side kick.

Blue Belt Patterns

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For blue belt the taekwondo patterns move up another level.

Instructors are now looking for more power in your techniques. They are also expecting clean and well defined strikes and kicks.

As we mentioned above, working on your side kick is very important. And for taegeuk yuk jang good flexibility will help your turning kicks - ideally they should be head height.

As always take your time. Learn your patterns slowly. And try not to learn them just before your belt test...

Here's help with WTF taekwondo patterns taegeuk-oh-jang (taegeuk 5) and taegeuk-yuk-jang (taegeuk 6).

If you're training in ITF taekwondo here's help with Yul Gok your blue stripe tul and Joong Gun your blue belt pattern.

And here's 10 great tips to help you remember your taekwondo forms.

Sparring at blue belt level

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Once you reach blue belt level your instructor is likely to put you under a bit more pressure with your taekwondo sparring.

You'll be asked to fight tougher opponents. And the black belts in the club will likely start to up their game a little when they spar you.

You might also be asked to start sparring against multiple attackers.

This is all part of your journey. It's all about increasing your resilience so you can with more and more pressure.

Have faith in yourself.

Remember you have faced lots of similar hurdles before.

Keep kicking and keep getting stronger.


Hopefully you're more flexible now than when you started taekwondo!

As you work towards your blue belt your instructor will be expecting your kicks to be reaching decent heights.

It's likely the grading panel will want to see pretty decent flexibility in your taekwondo blue belt exam. Take a look at our the stretching techniques section of our site for ideas. You know the areas you need to work on!

Self defense at blue belt level

Once you get to blue belt level you can start to develop systems of self defense that work for you.

When you do one-step sparring in your belt test do techniques that you know you do well. If you're good at locks and throws you can start to add these in - just make sure that your partner knows how to break fall first.

And if you're not happy with break falls it's worth taking time now to learn the basics.

Dealing with the pressure

Your taekwondo blue belt brings a bit of pressure with it.

You're working towards the front row of the dojang. People expect more of you. And other students look up to you.

You are getting to know your body quite well now. And you know where your weak areas are. The best way to make sure you deserve your new belt is to address your weak sptos.

Train when you can outside of class. Stretch in front of the TV. Arrange to meet a mate and work together.

Practise brings great results.

And you will feel like you deserve your spot in the front row.

Here's a word of warning though...

As you work on your weaknesses remember it's about progression and not perfection. As you train you get better.

But perfection in taekwondo is not realistic for anyone.

Here's help with your taekwondo belt test

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