Mini-Kids is a programme for kids developed in New Zealand and introduced in 2009. The programme has been designed by Auckland Instructor Mrs Shirley Pygott over several years.

The children are not taught a ‘watered down’ version of Taekwon-Do; rather they are taught the same techniques and skills that older children and adults learn in the ITFNZ grading syllabus, in a carefully sequenced order, that is appropriate for their stage of physical and mental development.

No matter where you are in the world this syllabus and will be helpful to your Taekwon-Do school or to your child’s learning.

The first part of the syllabus is divided into 4 levels, with a coloured stripe added to their white belt. We call these First Green, First Blue, First Red and First Black.

This normally takes over one year to reach First Black. Then they would grade to 9th gup (Yellow Stripe) at a normal national grading.

As well as learning the physical techniques, the children have a workbook with worksheets to complete at home in order to learn their theory.

The second part of the syllabus adds two intermediate steps between Yellow Stripe and Yellow Belt. We call these Double Yellow and Triple Yellow Stripes.

View the full video

The full video shows all the techniques required for all of the mini-kids levels, as well as a sample of children being graded.

Topics covered in the full video:

WHITE BELT TO FIRST GREEN
  • Make a Proper Fist
  • Punching High, Middle and Low
  • Low Block (on the spot)
  • Sitting Stance Punching
  • Giant Steps
  • Front Snap Kick (on the spot)
  • The Passive Stance
  • Releasing – Low Wrist Grabs (same side)
FIRST GREEN TO FIRST BLUE
  • Knifehand Low Block
  • Low Block backwards, Punch forwards
  • Sitting Stance Punching
  • Walking Stance
  • Front Snap Kick from Walking Ready Stance
  • Releasing – Low wrist grabs (with step)
FIRST BLUE TO FIRST RED
  • Inner Forearm Block
  • Walking Stance to 4 directions
  • Saju Jirugi – 4 direction punch
  • Inner Forearm Block and Knifehand Low Block
  • Stepping Front Snap Kick on Walking Stance
  • Releasing – Low wrist grabs
FIRST RED TO FIRST BLACK
  • Front Rising Kick
  • Front Snap Kick
  • Saju Jirugi (4 direction punch on your own, both sides)
  • Saju Magki (4 direction block call by call, both sides)
  • Releasing – High wrist grabs (single and double)
  • 10 push ups and 30 secs plank
YELLOW STRIPE TO DOUBLE YELLOW STRIPE
  • Flat fingertip Thrust
  • Block & Counter with Kihap
  • Turning Kick (no stepping)
  • L-stance
  • Inner Forearm Block on L-stance
  • First half of Chon-Ji (Call by Call)
  • Releasing (All your wrist grabs)
DOUBLE YELLOW TO TRIPLE YELLOW STRIPE
  • Side Rising Kick
  • Guarding Block arms only
  • Turning Kick on L-stance Guarding Block
  • 1st half Chon-Ji (in own time)
  • 2nd half of Chon-Ji (Call by Call)
  • 3-Step Sparring (Call by Call)
  • Releasing (All your wrist grabs)

Check out our Mini-Kids Syllabus E-book

This includes the entire mini-kids syllabus in digital form, including the theory for each level and homework work-sheets.

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