Dan Rank Requirements

Next Rank Dan Level
Minimum Experience
Testing to Next Dan Rank Cumulative
Experience, Min. Age
1st Dan 3 years experience at the under black belt level. Students must test on all prior material learned up to the 1st Dan Level. 3 years at the color belt level, Age 15
2nd Dan 1st Dan to 2nd Degree Black Belt 2 years experience at 1st Dan level. Students must test on all prior material learned up to the 2nd Dan Level. 2 years, Age 16
3rd Dan 2nd Dan to 3rd Degree Black Belt 3 years experience at 2nd Dan level. Students must test on all prior material learned up to the 3rd Dan Level. 5 years, Age 18
4th Dan
Associate Master
3rd Dan to 4th Degree Black Belt 4 Years experience at 3rd Dan level. Students must test on all prior material learned up to the 4th Dan Master Level. Teaching experience required. 9 years, Age 21
5th Dan
Master
4th Dan to 5th Dan Master 5 years experience at 4th Dan level. Students must test on all prior material learned to the 5th Dan Black Belt Level. Master level, learn Advanced Forms, Advanced One-steps, Sparring, Refereeing, must be Proficient in Self-Defense Techniques, Demonstrate Leadership and Proficiency in Teaching. 14 years, Age 25
6th Dan
Master
5th Dan to 6th Dan Master 6 years experience at 5th Dan level. Students must test on all prior material learned to the 5th Dan Master Level. Demonstrated leadership and Dojang Management abilities. 20 years, Age 27
7th Dan
Senior Master
6th Dan to 7th Dan Senior Master – 7 years experience at the 6th Dan level. There is no test administered for this level. Demonstrated leadership and teaching abilities. 27 years, Age 35
8th Dan
Chief Master
7th Dan to 8th Dan Chief­­ Master Р8 years experience at 7th Dan level. There is no test administered for this level. Demonstrated leadership and teaching abilities. 35 years, Age 48
9th Dan
Grandmaster
8th Dan to 9th Dan Grandmaster by nomination or appointment for service to the martial arts. There is no test administered for this level. 8th Dan to 9th Dan Grandmaster Black Belt. System Founder or Pioneer or Dojang, School, Club Founder and Management or Association Executive Experience or Major Contribution to the Martial Arts. Able to promote Masters to 9th Dan. 44 years, Age 55