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Rank promotion occurs upon successful completion of a skills test given by a set of Master instructors. Upon promotion, the student advances to the next belt rank. The skills test varies, depending upon the rank of the student.

Belt Ranks

D A Yun's Academy of Tae Kwon Do has a total of 19 belt ranks and 24 forms. From white to 6th degree black, there are forms (patterns of movements) that represent each level. At 6th degree black belt, the student reaches the master level of training. 

The test generally consists of:

  • basic skill techniques

  • forms

  • kicking combinations

  • sparring (one step and free)

  • self-defense

  • board breaking

  • terminology​

White Belt (10 Gup)

Basic One - 20 Moves - The first basic offensive & defensive movements of Tae Kwon Do.

Yellow Belt (9 Gup)

Chon-ji - 19 Moves - Korean interpretation of heaven and earth. It is the initial pattern practiced by the beginner.

Purple Belt (8 Gup)

Dan-Gun - 19 Moves - Named after the legendary founder of Korea.

High Purple Belt (7 Gup)

Do-san - 24 Moves - Do-San is the patriot who devoted his life to the education of the Korean people.

Green Belt (6 Gup)

Won-Hyo - 28 Moves - Won-Hyo introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty.

High Green Belt (5 Gup)

Yul-Gok - 38 Moves - Yul-Gok is named for the philosopher Yi. The 38 moves refer to his birthplace on the 38th parrellel.

Brown Belt (4 Gup)

Joong-Gun - 32 Moves - Joong Gun is named after the patriot An Joong Gun. The 32 moves refer to An's age when he was executed.

High Brown Belt (3 Gup)

Toi-Gye - 37 Moves - Toi-Gye is the pen name of scholar Yi Hwang.

Red Belt (2 Gup)

Hwa-Rang - 29 Moves - Hwa-Rang is named after the Hwa-Rang youth group that unified the three separate kingdoms of Korea.

High Red Belt (1 Gup)

Choong-Moo - 30 Moves - Choong-Moo was the given name to Admiral Yi Sun-Sin of the Yi Dynasty. This pattern ends with the left hand attack to symbolize his regrettable death.

1st Black Belt

There are three forms that are associated with this belt.

Gwang-Gae is named after the gwang-gae T'o-Wang, the 19th King of the Koguryo Dynasty. The 39 movements refer to his reign for 9 years.

Po-Eun is the alias of a subject Hong Mong-Chu who was a poet. The pattern (-) represents his unwaivering loyalty.

Ge-Baek is named for Ge-Baek, a great general in the Paekchae Dynasty.

2nd Black Belt

There are three forms that are associated with this felt. Students who reach this level are considered junior instructors.

Eui-Am is the alias of Son Byong Hi, leader of the Korean independance movement. Born on March 1, 1919.

Ko-Dang is the alias of the patriot Cho Man Sik who dedicated his life to the infependence movement and education of his people. The 39 movements signify his times imprisonment and his birthplace on the 39th parallel.

Choong-Jang is the alias given to General Kim Duk Ryang who lived during the Yi Dynasty. This pattern ends with a left hand attack to symbolize the tragedy of his death at 27 in prison before he was able to reach full maturity.

3rd Black Belt

There are three forms that are associated with this felt. Students who reach this belt are considered instructors.

Sam-Il marks the start date of the independence movement of Korea on March 1, 1919. The 33 movements in pattern stand for the 33 patriots who planned the movement.

Yoo-Sin is named after General Kim Yoo Sin, the 68 movements refer to the last two figures of 668 A.D., the year Korea was united.

Choi-Yong is named after General Choi Young, Premier and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. He was known for his loyalty, patriotism, and humility.

4th Black Belt

There are three forms that are associated with this belt. Students who reach this level are considered Senior Instructors.

Yon-Ge is named after a general during the Kokuryo Dynasty. Yon Gae Somun. The 49 moves refer to the last two figures of 649 A.D., the year he forced the Dang Dynasty of China to quit Korea.

Ul-Ji is named after general Ul-Ji Mun Duk who successfully defended Korea against a Chinese invasion force of nearly one million soldiers led by Yang Je in 612 A.D. The 42 moves represent the author’s age when he designed the pattern.

Moon-Moo honors the thirtieth king of the Silla Dynasty. The 61 moves in this pattern symbolize the last two figures of 661 A.D. when he came to the throne.

5th Black Belt

There are two forms that are associated with this belt. Students who reach this belt level are considered Junior Masters.

So-San is the alias of the mong Choi Hyung Ung, during the Yi Dynasty. The 72 moves refer to his age when he organized a corps of monk soldiers with the assistance of his pupil Samung Dang. The monk soldiers helped repulse the Japanese pirates who overran most of the Korean peninsula.

Se-Jong is named after the greatest Korean King. Se-Jong, who invented the Korean alphabet and was also a noted meteorologist. The 24 movements refer to the 24 letters of the Korean alphabet.

6th Black Belt

Tong-Il denotes the resolution of the unification of Korea which has been divided since 1945.

7th Black Belt

8th Black Belt

9th Black Belt

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To learn more about Tae Kwon Do rank structure, contact Master Barry Barrett today.

Master Barry Barrett 
Head Instructor DA Yun's

Racine / Kenosha

(262) 598-9580

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