Dan Prep

The following testing requirements are the minimum standards set forth by the Technical Advisory Committee of the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. Where the following requirements deviate from the standards set in the current Gup and Dan Manual, those items are suggestions set forth by the Regional Examiners and Officials of Region 8. Keep in mind that we are not setting policy or changing the Kwan Jang Nim approved guidelines. The purpose of the additional or modified requirements is to enhance the opportunities for a successful experience. Each practitioner and his/her instructor may or may not choose to follow these suggestions.

Regional Dan Examinations (Shim Sa) occur twice a year for the ranks of Cho Dan, E Dan, Sam Dan, and Kyo Sa. Please pay close attention to the following requirements and make sure they are ALL met before applying for testing candidate status.

 Print the Region 8 Dan Prep Guide.

Region 8 Testing Promotion Requirements

Request to Test

Each candidate needs permission from their personal instructor prior to requesting to test.

Yu Dan Ja Rank Test (1st through 3rd Dan)

7 months prior to your requesting dan test, fill out and submit the online Request to Test Form. When accepted as a candidate, attend the pre-candidate workout at the Dan Classings prior to yours. For example, if you are testing in the Fall, Request to Test 1 month prior to the Spring Shim Sa date and attend the pre-candidate workout in the Spring.

Kyo Sa Certification

Kyo Sa Candidates should fill out and submit the online Request to Test Form 12 months prior to your requesting date. Continue to work with your instructor and Regional Officials over the year in preparation for your test.

Ko Dan Ja and Sa Bom Certification

All Ko Dan Ja Candidates should fill out and submit the online Request to Test Form May 1st of the year prior to your requesting Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa. Be prepared to be examined one year before your planned testing date during the Fall Dan Shim Sa.

*If you are not able to attend, work with your instructor to get approval from the Regional Examiners.

One Month Prior to the Test

To qualify to test in front of the Examination Board, you MUST submit your final paperwork no later than 30 days prior to the testing date. Late submissions or partial submissions will not be accepted after the cut-off date. We encourage you to try and complete your final submission early so you have time to make adjustments as needed. Ko Dan Ja and Sa Bom applicants will follow the USA TAC guidelines for paperwork submission.

Submission Instructions:

      1. Pay Testing Fee via Paypal  We will NOT accept cash or checks for the testing fee.

        Cho Dan – $400

        Ee Dan Test $425.00

        EeDan & Kyo Sa Test $675 (Rank Promotion plus Kyo Sa: $425 + $250 provides 50% discount on Kyo Sa certification fee when bundled)

        Sam Dan Test $450.00

        Sam Dan & Kyo Sa Test $700  (Rank Promotion plus Kyo Sa: $450 + $250  provides 50% discount on Kyo Sa certification fee when bundled)

        Kyo Sa Test $500

      2. Email your  photo, proof of membership, and required essays to sbdregion8@gmail.com

        Photo-  The portrait image should be approximately 200 pixels by 200 pixels and preferably in do bok on a white background. The filename should be your full name in the format “first name_last name”. Acceptable file types include .jpg, .png, .gif.

        Required Essays- These should be type-written, double spaced in either a Word Document (.doc or .docx extension) or PDF file. Ensure that your name is in the document and the filename contains your full name.

        Proof of Membership – Please attach the PDF file that the Federation sent you the last time you renewed your membership. This was your receipt and had an electronic membership card. Contact the Federation at 888-SOO-BAHK if you need another copy of your receipt.

      3. Submit your World Moo Duk Kwan Application for Dan Rank Promotion  to your instructor for approval and signature.  Instructors, not the testing applicants, are responsible for then e-mailing the approved and signed documents to sbdregion8@gmail.com.

        World Moo Duk Kwan Application for Dan Rank Promotion – This form must be type-written and all fields in Section 1 and 2 filled out. This includes the instructor’s section AND hand-written signatures from both the applicant or guardian and your personal instructor. You will use the Adobe Typewriter function to enter in your information if you are using Adobe Reader. Print the document and sign and date. Missing information will not be accepted.

      4. Go to your test prepared for Success

Submission Process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cho Dan Requirements

Age requirement: No minimum age, *11 years old is suggested.
Minimum Training Time: Consistent training with a certified instructor for 3 years (*4 years suggested). You must be a 1st Gup for 6 months (*1 year suggested).
*Event Participation: You should participate in a sanctioned, pre-candidate workout run by one of the Regional Officials at least 6 months prior to your test, so we can evaluate your progress and assist in your preparation. This is also an opportunity to connect with your potential fellow candidates.

Basic Movements (Ki Cho Bup)
All lower belt techniques and requirements
Hand and foot combinations using all known techniques

Forms (Hyung)

Passai
Chil Sung Il Ro Hyung
Chil Sung Sam Ro Hyung
Du Mun Hyung *suggested for children, but not required.
Naihanji Cho Dan *optional, not demonstrated at the Shim Sa

One-Step Sparring (Il Soo Sik)

Adults: All (Il Bon to Sip Pahl Bon)
Children: Il Bon to Gu Bon (odd numbers only)
*Self Designed Il Soo Sik: Left and right side. All self-designed Il Soo Sik should be designed under the guidance and supervision of candidate’s instructor.

Self-Defense (Ho Shin Sul)
Adults: Side wrist grips, Rear wrist grips, All lower belt requirements
Children: Il Bon & E Bon of the following sets • Cross Hand Wrist Grips • Same Side Wrist Grips• Two on One Wrist Grips. • Two on Two Wrist Grips

Free Sparring (Ja Yu Deh Ryun)

Free Sparring

Breaking (Kyok Pa)

Ee Dan Dwi Cha Gi (Jump Back Kick) or Yeon Soo Kyok Pa with one Soo Gi technique and one Jok Gi technique

*Self-designed, creative Break that was designed under the direction of the candidate’s personal instructor.

Adults: 2 boards

Youth: 1 board

Note: If a candidate does not feel capable of the required break, permission for exception is required. Candidate is allowed two tries to successfully complete their break.

In Neh

Thirty (30) seconds of continuous punching (Kee Mah Jaseh) with focus on power, speed, and proper direction of hip for maximum effectiveness of each punch. Goal: 120 punches with proper technique and form.

Required Essays

“What Soo Bahk Do Means to Me?” – 1000-2000 words, double spaced.

PVT Project

Working with your personal instructor, candidate should plan, execute, and then report on a personal project that helps increase the visibility of Soo Bahk Do in your local community and brought new students to your Do Jang. The project chosen should clearly demonstrate leadership skills in organizing people to a specific cause. Examples could include, but not limited to, organizing a demonstration at a local public school, organizing and leading a fundraiser event such as a kickathon, or using your own specific talents to assist your instructor. Examples could include improving your Do Jang’s website, designing a new logo, or providing a budget structure for administrative purposes. Your project should go over and beyond your duties as a Sun Beh (senior member) of your dojang. As such, projects such as assisting in teaching classes, or welcoming new students to the Do Jang would not qualify for a PVT project.

Once you and your instructor have agreed on the appropriate project, you will execute on the project with enough lead time to fully complete the project and then present your project to the testing board on your testing date. Your oral presentation will consist of a 2-minute presentation complete with a summarized written handout. This may or may not follow up with Q&A with the testing board. Your presentation should reflect the highest level of Moo Do professionalism and clearly demonstrate the 5 Moo Do Values.


E Dan Requirements

*Minimum Age: No age requirement, but *13 for children is recommended.
Minimum Training Time: Consistent training with a certified instructor for 2 years since your Cho Dan promotion.
*Event Participation: You should participate in a sanctioned, pre-candidate workout run by one of the Regional Officials 6 months prior to your test.

Basic Movements (Ki Cho Bup)

All lower belt techniques and requirements
Soo Bahk Do Gi Cho (Il Bon Techniques)
Hand and foot combinations using all known techniques

Forms (Hyung)

Joong Jul
Jin Do
Chil Sung Sam Ro
Pyong Ahn E Dan
*Naihanji E Dan (*optional, not demonstrated at the Shim Sa)

One-Step Sparring (Il Soo Sik)
Adults: Sam Soo Sik Deh Ryun
Children: Il Bon – Ship Chil Bon (odd numbers only, *but 1-18 inclusive is suggested.)

Self-Defense (Ho Shin Sul)

Adults: Lower Sleeve Grips
Knife (Dhando) Defense
Children: All Wrist Grips including Back and Side Wrist Grips
Knife (Dhando) Defense

Free Sparring (Ja Yu Deh Ryun)

Free Sparring
*Da Soo In Dae Ryun: 2 on 1 Sparring

Breaking (Kyok Pa)

Ee Dan Ssang Bal Cha Gi (Double Jump Front Split Kick) or Yeon Soo Kyok Pa with one Soo Gi technique and one Jok Gi technique
*Self-designed, creative Break that was designed under the direction of the candidate’s personal instructor.

Adults: 2 boards each foot

Youth: 1 board each foot

Note: If a candidate does not feel capable of the required break, permission for exception is required. Candidate is allowed two tries to successfully complete their break.

In Neh

Ahp Bal Ahp Cha Nut Gi (lead leg) performed in Hu Gul Jaseh – Thirty (30) seconds of continuous kicking with focus on power, speed, and extension for the maximum effectiveness of each kick. Goal: 40 kicks per leg.

Note: Kyok Pa & In Neh can be adjusted subsequent to discussion with Regional Examiner(s) based on age and/or health considerations.

Required Essays

“What does your Dan Bon mean to you and how does it relate to the Moo Duk Kwan and its discipline?” – 1000-2000 words, double spaced.

PVT Project

Same as Cho Dan requirement


Sam Dan Requirements

Minimum Training Time: Consistent training with a certified instructor for 3 years since your E Dan promotion.
*Event Participation: You must participate in a sanctioned, pre-candidate workout run by one of the Regional Officials 6 months prior to your test.

Basic Movements (Ki Cho Bup)

All lower belt techniques and requirements
Soo Bahk Do Gi Cho (E Bon Techniques)
Hand and foot combinations using all known techniques

Forms (Hyung)

Po Wol
Chil Sung Sa Ro
Ro Hai
Pyong Ahn Sam Dan
*Naihanji Sam Dan (*optional, not demonstrated at the Shim Sa)

One-Step Sparring (Il Soo Sik)
Jua Deh Ryun (sparring from the ground) – Not demonstrated at the Shim Sa until further instruction from Kwan Jang Nim is given.

*Sam Soo Sik

Self-Defense (Ho Shin Sul)

Mid-sleeve Grips
Staff Defense (Jang Bong)

Free Sparring (Ja Yu Deh Ryun)

Free Sparring
Da Soo In Deh Ryun – Double (2 on 1) opponent sparring

Breaking (Kyok Pa)
Ro Hai
*Self-designed, creative Break that was designed under the direction of the candidate’s personal instructor.

Adults: 2 boards

Note: If a candidate does not feel capable of the required break, permission for exception is required. Candidate is allowed two tries to successfully complete their break.

In Neh Ahp Cha Nut Gi (hopping), alternating each leg for thirty seconds of continous kicking. Goal: 50 kicks with proper completion of each kick.

Note: Kyok Pa & In Neh can be adjusted subsequent to discussion with Regional Examiner(s) based on age and/or health considerations.

Required Essays

Subject 1: “Describe the essential characteristics of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, which make it
unique and differentiates it from other styles.”
Subject 2: (Answer one of the following):
“Explain your understanding of the philosophy of Self-Defense. Include in your explanation its meaning,
purpose and basic use.”
OR
“Describe the origin, nature and importance of The Yuk Ro Hyungs in the development of Soo Bahk Do
Moo Duk Kwan and the training of Dan students.

double spaced

PVT Project

Same as Cho Dan requirement

Notes

* Suggested requirements are not mandatory and will not reflect the outcome of a candidates test.

A child is defined as 14 years old or under.
An adult is defined as 15 years old or older.

Ko Dan Ja & Sa Bom

Ko Dan Ja Candidate Process

Candidate will follow the TAC process for Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa eligibility. A part of the eligibility requirement is to receive a recommendation to test from the Regional Examiners. This process is designed so you can receive that recommendation.

Candidate should follow the Application Process on page 2 of this packet on May 1st of the year prior to your requesting Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa by filling out the Request to Test form at soobahkdoregion8.com. This will inform the Regional Examiners of your intent to test. You are invited to participate in the Fall Dan Shim Sa Pre-Candidate Workout. There will be a Ko Dan Ja track where the Regional Examiners will evaluate your performance and provide you feedback that will help you in your preparations over the next year.

Sa Bom Candidate Process

Candidate will follow the TAC process for Sa Bom eligibility. A part of the eligibility requirement is to receive a recommendation to test from the Regional Examiners. This process is designed so you can receive that recommendation.

Candidate should follow the Application Process on page 2 of this packet. May 1st of the year prior to your requesting Sa Bom Certification, you should fill out the Request to Test form at soobahkdoregion8.com. This will inform the Regional Examiners of your intent to test. You are invited to teach a Moo Do Seminar during the Dan Shim Sa weekend to a group of students in front of the Regional Examiners. The Regional Examiners will work with you to design a seminar based on the PCA concepts.

Registration Forms

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