Black Belt Testing Process & Promotion

Biannual National Testings, when all HGMS schools test together, are compulsory for all Black Belt Candidates DBN 3+ Stripes and for all Black Belts in the testing process.

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Black Belt Candidates (Dahn Bo Nim – DBN)

After achieving DBN, you will continue to test quarterly at club testings, achieving Black Stripes at each testing if successful.

You should attend your first  National Testing after a minimum of one year of regular training as a DBN and 3/4 Black Stripes.

After your first National Testing, you will continue to test quarterly at Club Testings and National Testings for a minimum of one further year, including 3 National Testings, totalling a minimum of 7/8 Black Stripes, before promoting to Black Belt.

Promotion to 1st Dahn Black Belt (Jo Kyo Nim – JKN) requires competency of the syllabus and as such there is no maximum number of tests; the above is just an example.

Your instructor will inform you when you are being recommended to promote; this may well be after other DBNs who have less Black Stripes than you. 

Black Belts

After achieving every Dahn Black Belt you must continue to train regularly to consolidate previous learning and begin learning the syllabus for the next Dahn.

Recommendation to attend your first National Testing will come from your instructor after a minimum of two years of regular training.

After your first National Testing, you will continue to test quarterly at Club Testings and National Testings for a minimum of two further years, including 5 National Testings, totalling a minimum of 8 testings, before promoting to the next Dahn Black Belt.

Promotion to the next Dahn Black Belt requires competency of the syllabus and as such there is no maximum number of tests; the above is just an example.

Your instructor will inform you when you are being recommended to promote; this may well be after other Black Belts who have tested less than you.

National Testing & Black Belt Promotion Dates 2024

Please put the 2024 Han Guk Mu Sool National Testings in your diary.

Black Belt Promotions follow National Testings.

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9am-1pm Sunday 24th March

ARK Alexandra Academy, Sports & Gymnastics Centre, 41 Park Avenue, Hastings, TN34 2PG

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Booking Deadline: 29th February

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9am-1pm Sunday 13th October

Spiceball Leisure Centre, Cherwell Drive, Banbury OX16 2BW

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