The ITFA accepts students from age 5. Junior classes are usually from 5-12 years old although this may vary between Instructors. Junior classes have a strong emphasis on the five tenets of Taekwon-do to enable the students to follow instruction and learn effectively. Classes include all aspects of the Taekwon-Do syllabus, including pattern, step-sparring, free-sparring, destruction, self-defence, terminology and moral culture. The Instructors use a lot of games and drills to make the class fun and dynamic. These activities help to improve all aspects of Taekwon-do including strength and conditioning, fitness, agility and team work.
Taekwon-Do exams are called ‘Gradings’ and are the opportunity for the student to promote to their next grade/belt. Gradings are held throughout the year and involve performing a set syllabus laid out by the ITFA. There are set waiting times between each grade which require a minimum number of classes to have been completed. In addition, the student must be deemed ready to grade by their Instructor i.e. they must be able to perform the grading syllabus to a standard required to pass. As the student progresses up the grades, the minimum training time increases as does the difficulty level of the
syllabus required. All students are required to be able to perform their grade syllabus plus any additional material required by the examiner from previous lower grades. All students are required to break to achieve their 6th Kup (Green Belt). Juniors are only required to break 1/2 inch boards. The ITFA uses Grading cards which means the student’s performance at each grading is recorded. This enables the examiner to ensure that the student can perform but is also correcting errors noted down from pervious Gradings. This ensures good progressing in the student’s ability and enables feedback to their Class Instructor.