Belt Ranks
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Students who have achieved sufficient skill and fulfilled the necessary rank requirements may be provided with an opportunity to test for rank advancement.

  1. Beginner ranks (Gup)
    • testing forms available from instructor
  2. Blackbelt ranks (Dan - midnight blue)
  3. Master ranks (Ko Dan Ja)
  4. Instructor certifications (Jo Kyo, Kyo Sa, Sa Bom)

Upon successful completion of a rank exam, the student's exam results are submitted to National Headquarters for review by the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation's Technical Advisory Committee and if approved, the student's rank promotion recommendation is forwarded to the Kwan Jang Nim.

Moo Duk Kwan University Generic

For each successful rank promotion the student is awarded a legitimate Moo Duk Kwan certificate of skill and competency in Soo Bahk Do® martial art system by the Kwan Jang Nim. Rank certificates are shipped to the student's instructor for ceremonial presentation to the student by their instructor.

Gup Certificate Authenticity


Phil Duncan

Phil Duncan serves as the Executive Administrator of the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation® providing and coordinating support services for the U.S. Federation Board, the Kwan Jang Nim, the U.S. Technical Advisory Committee, U.S. Regional Officials, U.S. Members, the Board Directors of the charitable non-profit U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan FOUNDATION and the World Moo Duk Kwan. He can be contacted at National Member Headquarters or or (888) SOO-BAHK

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
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