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High Dan Promotion Test

  1. 1. Dan to be applied for : 8th and 9th Dan
  2. 2. Qualification of applicants
    • Those who have met the requirements for time passage and age in the Article 8 of the Requlations of Kukkiwon Dan Promotion Test
  3. 3. Term limits & ages
    Dan/Cls. Time passage required since the
    promotion of the present Dan
    Age limit
    7th ~ 8th Dan 8 years 44 years old or higher
    8th ~ 9th Dan 9 years 53 years old or higher
  4. 4. Contents of tests
    Dan/Cls. Thesis Poomsae Kyorugi Kyukpa Interview
    8th, 9th Dan O O X X O
  5. 5. Kinds of Poomsae to be tested
    Poom/Dan Qualifications Applicant
    8th Dan Sipjin, Jitae, Cheonkwon (1 appointed) Hansoo
    9th Dan Jitae, Cheonkwon, Hansoo (1 appointed) Illyo
  6. 6. Theme of the thesis
    • a. Documents to be submitted
    • b. Size of the thesis: at least 10 A4-sized (one A4-size = 700 characters) pages in Korean or English.
    • c. Applicant cannot pass the test in the following cases:
          (1) The title of the thesis does not relate with the content.
          (2) The thesis includes content not good enough.
          (3) The size of the thesis is not long enough.
          (4) Two or more applicants submit the same thesis.
    • d. 2017 8th& 9th Dan thesis subjects
      Category Subject Remark
      8th Dan Status of Kukkiwon Taekwondo it's country
      자국에서의 국기원 태권도 위상
      Choose one subject
      Effective Taekwondo teaching method
      효과적인 태권도 지도 방법
      Technical development of Taekwondo
      태권도 기술 개발
      9th Dan My Taekwondo Life
      나의 태권도 인생관
      Choose one subject
      Taekwondo spirit
      태권도 정신
  7. 7. Submit documents
    • a. One application form for promotion test
    • b. Apply to 8th, 9th Dan with application recommendation by a Taekwondo master holding 9th Dan or higher
          or president of the member national association of the WTF in the pertinent country
    • c. Curriculum vitae that includes the martial arts career
    • d. Foreigners of Korean origin should submit a document that certifies his/her residence outside Korea.
  8. 8. Poomsae trainning for High Dan Promotion Test
    • a. from 2017 KUKKIWON will be start poomsae trainning for High Dan Promotion Test.
    • b. Date of training : before the test (on day or the day before)
    • c. Time : for 4 hours
    • d. training contents : Tae-geuk 1-8 jang, Koryo, Keumgang, Tae-baek, Pyongwon, Sipjin, Jitae,
          Cheonkwon, Hansoo, Illyo
  9. 9. Other matters
    • 1) ID card: ID card, passport or driver's license(Other than these will not be considered an ID card and
          thus cannot apply for the test.)
    • 2) Applicants should wear KUKKIWON-recognized Taekwondo uniform.
  10. 10. 2017 High Dan Promotion Test Schedule

    * All documents must be submitted by postal mail at least a month before the test.

    Date/Session 1st 2nd
    January Jan/13(Fri) -
    February Feb/10(Fri) -
    March Mar/10(Fri) -
    April Apr/14(Fri) -
    May May/12(Fri) -
    June Jun/09(Fri) Jun/19(Mon)
    July Jul/21(Fri) Jul/28(Fri)
    August Aug/04(Fri) Aug/18(Fri)
    September Sep/22(Fri) -
    October Oct/13(Fri) -
    November Nov/10(Fri) -
    December Dec/15(Fri) -