There a 9 belts before blackbelt in taekwondo and you can attend a maximum of 3 gradings every year. On certain occasions if you show a lot of progress you will be double-graded. We don’t expect most people to grade 3 times a year, but most people do grade occasionally in order to move up the belts. Sparring is a prominent part of taekwondo and most people really enjoy it! If you do enjoy it then make sure you come to the student nationals later in the year!