Tiger Rock is one of just a few internationally accredited programs in the world. This means that this same credibility is stamped right on your certificate when you test for and achieve new TaeKwonDo rank. Tiger Rock has worked very hard to achieve this status. Each time you test for rank advancement, you will receive a new certificate which certifies your new rank. Formal promotional testings are held approx. every two months(8-9weeks). To advance from one rank level to another, the student must pass this formal testing.
TaeKwonDo Testing is a very formal occasion. Everybody in attendance must demonstrate proper Tiger Rock courtesy and self control. Students, parents, and visitors must remain quiet in their designated areas at all times during testing. For confidentiality and courtesy, the area behind each judging table should be kept clear of all spectators. Students must wear Full Tiger Rock Event uniforms to be allowed to test. If they do not, they will not be allowed to test. Formal promotional testings are not the time or place to air complaints. Of course, if there is a health or safety concerns or if a concern arises which requires immediate resolution before testing is over, parents or students should wait until there are no students testing in front of the table and then approach the tables head judge, who, along with the director of the testing, will resolve the situation. If there is a misunderstanding, students or parents must contact their Center Manager by phone to set up a private meeting where problems and misunderstandings will be resolved. At no time during the formal testing should a parent or visitor approach a judge about results. No one should talk to anyone about testing results until after the official Awards Ceremony. Please do not call the Academy to inquire about anything related to testing results prior to the official Awards Ceremony, although your Center Manager may call you in certain circumstances.
FACTORS THAT WILL KEEP YOU FROM TESTING
Your instructor recommended that you not test.
The judges know that you were not wearing the required safety equipment.
You are not wearing your full Tiger Rock event uniform.
FACTORS THAT COULD KEEP YOU FROM TESTING
You did not register on time.
You arrived too late to test.
FACTORS THAT COULD EARN A "NO CHANGE"
You left early without specific permission.
You were discourteous or encouraged your parents/guardians to be discourteous.
You refused or ignored a direct command from the Certified Instructor in charge.
You showed anger, used excessive contact, or loss control.
FACTORS THAT REQUIRE A "NO CHANGE"
You did not attend testing.
Your uniform did not meet Tiger Rock specifications.
You did not complete your form correctly within two tries.
"No Change" should be taken literally - you're rank has not changed because you haven't made adequate progress. You never fail until you quit trying!
THINGS THAT COULD HELP YOU EARN ADVANCEMENT
You have more than the required number of classes.
You showed up not just on time for your testing, but 15-30mins before it was scheduled to begin.
Your form showed power, timing, proper technique, stances, artistic expression, etc.
Your sparring showed speed, timing, proper techniques, self defense, etc.
You appeared enthusiastic, serious, and appeared to give 100% effort.
You answered-up loudly every time the judges spoke to you.
Your behavior or attitude did not have to be corrected.
You could answer common questions about Tiger Rock or TaeKwonDo.
You responded immediately and correctly to commands.
You were quiet and sat still throughout testing.
You showed courtesy to all students testing, judges, and spectators.
You did not make excuses or blame others for something that happened at testing.
Your uniform was not only correct but was also clean and in good repair.
TESTING CONSIDERATIONS FOR PARENTS
Please try to get your child to their testing 15-30mins before it is scheduled to begin. This will give them time to focus and get in the right mind set.
Please attend testing and watch your children. This is the proper time to observe your family members and see the progress that they have made.
Do not make excessive displays of emotion while testing. We consider testing a formal occasion not a ballgame.
If you must leave testing early, please speak with your center manager and the head judge at the testing table before testing begins.
Within a week following testing, your TaeKwonDo Academy will hold a formal Awards Ceremony at which your testing results will be announced and your new rank, new rank certificate, and new belt will be awarded to you. This is a formal occasion were your full event uniform should be warm by every Tiger Rock Martial Arts member in attendance; everyone's behavior should also reflect the formality of the event. Parents, guardians, and family members are always invited to attend these important events and to the bring their videos or regular cameras to record the event.
Make sure you know when your award ceremony is to be held, and make every effort to attend. Even if you think you earned a no change or did not test, you should attend--avoiding unpleasant news is not behavior that is in the true spirit of TaeKwonDo.
Results may only be given at the official award ceremony or during your regularly scheduled class after the ceremony. Please do not call the Academy to ask about results or discuss testing results with anyone until after the official awards ceremony. Students and parents who wish to discuss testing results should make an appointment with the center manager during the week following the awards ceremony. Your chief instructor will be happy to discuss how to improve performance at the next testing and help to work out a training program specifically designed to achieve the students goals in TaeKwonDo.
After testing there will be a short period of 3 days in which normal classes will not be held. This is a good time to rest, go on that trip you have been planning, and generally recharge your batteries before beginning training for the next testing cycle. This week after testing is considered an important pause to all involved to prevent burnout. On the other hand, it is equally important for all students to return to regular training immediately after the awards ceremony. Do not wait until the third or fourth week to get back into the swing of things. These first few classes are vital, as new techniques/curriculum are emphasized during the beginning of the testing cycle. Also, your level of fitness and motivation can atrophy quickly if you do not return to regular training quickly.
READ the personal account of a students Experiences with Testing for TaeKwonDo rank!
What current rank are you in Tiger Rock TaeKwonDo? "I am a 4th Degree Black Belt"
When you first Tested in TaeKwonDo did you ever envision yourself as a 4th Degree Black Belt? "Not at all, I did not have a long term plan for it when I first started. I just needed the stress relief gained from the training. The enjoyment of being tested, pushing myself to improve, and then being a new level having to learn new infomation, was more adictive and fun than I ever knew it would be. It was something different than going to the gym and doing aerobics , running on a treadmill or playing raquette ball."
How does it make you feel that you have been able to be so successful in your TaeKwonDo journey? "Very Proud of myself but then also humbled to realize what it takes to keep advancing...That's its not just registering for the test and then showing up. There is consistent work required leading up for every testing. So its a humbling experience as well because you cannot just cram for it, like you could do for some other types of tests."
About How many times have you tested for TaeKwonDo Rank? "I believe it is about 23 times to date!"
When you tested the first time for TaeKwonDo rank, were you scared? "Yes, I was petrified!! As a 30 something year old adult it can be really strange to stand in front of a group of people that, some you know and some you dont, and know that they are going to test you side by side with people of all ages and body types and that was very scary."
What were some of your fears about testing? "Having people stare at me, performing things in front of a group, and the potential of not passing. It was scary but very rewarding to know that I was able to conquer those fears and get throuhg the test despite them"
Have you overcome them? "I still get nervous but I actually like that nervousness now and I am no longer afraid of it."
How do you face those fears when you continue to test in the future? "As I understand the testing process more now as a higher rank and a Testing Judge for others, I can spend more time in a focused way preparing for the test so that when I show up I feel that I am ready before the test even begins. This way no matter what happens after the test starts I am not worried about the outcome."
Have you ever "No Changed” during a testing? "Yes, I have. That was one of the biggest learning experiences I have had in testing. I did not pass testing from L4 2nd Degree to L1 3rd Degree Black Belt because I did not break one of my required board breaks. That was tough...that was a hard experience, but a good one because I learned a lot from it."
Did recieving a No Change make you want to quit trying or did it help push you to work harder to reach your goal? "Absolutely not want to quit!! But to do my best to never let it happen again!"
Have you learned anything from the TaeKwonDo testing experience that has helped you in other parts of life? "I am shy by nature, as far as being in front of people. So, it has helped me to not worry when I need to perform in front of others. It made me realized something about myself, that I need to put a lot of work in before I show up for whatever the other occassion may be. So I do not feel as nervous. Overall it has helped me approach public engagments with less fear than I did before I began testing in TaeKwonDo."
What suggestions from your own experiences do you have for students testing to perform at their best? "I would suggest consistency in your preparation. You do not know what will happen the day before, the week before, and etc. You do not know if you are going to get sick, you do not know if something is going to come that will prevent you from attending. So do not wait and try to cram it all in at the end of the cycle. Start at the beginning of every cycle, right after each Awards Ceremony, by attending regularly. You are getting prepared the entire cycle not just at the last minute. I would also suggest knowing what is expected of you, and walking in the day of testing, knowing that you have done everything you could to be prepared."
Has any testing experience ever been a hard experience to prepare for? and was the test it's self hard? "I feel my next test is going to be very difficult and my last testing to 4th Degree was very challenging to prepare for. The test itself was challenging because I did not know the people who I was going to be testing with and who I would be judged by. I believe my upcoming Sr. 4th Degree Testing will be my most challenging physically because of the increased expectation on physical fitness for High rank testings. More is expected and it should be! It has helped me on a personal level, by forcing me to take my own fitness level ato its highest, knowing that this high rank testing requires that of me. With human nature, most of us only work as hard as we need to in order to accomplish most tasks. Without the high levels of fitness expected of me for this next testing I probabbly would not have pushed myself to be in the same physical shape that I am in at the moment."
Was it worth the hard work? "Absolutely, because you know that you have earned it. It's more than just a piece of paper with a new rank on it or a new belt. It is the accomplishment of successfully achieving something that was very challenging."
When you recieved your 1st Degree Black belt….did you feel like your TaeKwonDo training was completed? "No, never, nada, no way...it was just beginning!!!" Why? "What helped me personally was going to the World Championships lining up as a newer black belt, originally thinking I was hot stuff, and then seeing how far down I really was. Seeing the thousands of more experienced black belts around me and the physical skill level most of them possessed helped me to realize how much more I could achieve and develop throughout my TaeKwonDo Journey."
Do you plan on continuing to test as long as you are able? "Absolutely, I plan to test for as long as I am physically able. I would test using a cane in my 80's if they would let me. lol"
Do you have any other experiences you would like to share about your personal experiences with testing for rank in TaeKwonDo? "I really believe there is a huge value in continuing to test at every opportunity available to you. So I guess commitment sums it up the best! I do not suggest that you always wait until you feel perfectly ready because that moment will never come...you will never feel completely ready! The moment you tell yourself "I will just wait until next time" is the same moment you loose your motivation to try. Just comitting early in the process that you are going to test no matter what...setting those smaller goals that lead up to the larger goals, is the only way I can keep moving forward. Otherwise I would come up with so many good reasons to not keep advancing. And then it would eventually become like a gym membership where really...what is the point? So without that constant goal of testing and the attitude of I am going to test no matter what. I would most likely loose my drive to get better."