Because the specific techniques learned to progress to the next rank vary from school to school, this is only a partial listing of techniques in general.
These techniques are all combined into several set self-defense techniques, improvised self-defense techniques, and longer set forms. These vary from school to school, but usually at least one person who knows the "traditional" forms or defenses can be found.
In 1966, on 22nd March, the International Taekwondo Federation was formed (ITF) with associations in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, The United States of America, Turkey, Italy, The Arab Republic of Egypt and Korea.
The wide variety of belt levels is an American phenomenon rooted in an effort by schools to provide the appearance of rapid advancement to appease children.
Gup belt records are kept by the school of origin and dan/poom ranks are recorded at the style headquarters registry.
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