Questionnaire for 8th,9th and 10th Dan Time Eligible Members
In 1945 the Moo Duk Kwan was founded by Kwan Jang Nim Hwang Kee. Hwang Kee was the first member of the Moo Duk Kwan and became Moo Duk Kwan Kwan Jang Nim. When the Moo Duk Kwan was founded, the belt rank system was different from the one we are familiar with today. Gup ranks originally included White, Green, and Red belts. The Orange belt was added in 1975 to provide additional advancement between White and Green belt. In 1948 the first Dan members were promoted by the Founder and the path through Dan ranks was officially begun. At that time the Founder looked ahead and anticipated adult members could progress as far as 9th (Gu) Dan.

Over the decades the average age of new members has continued to decrease, resulting in Ko Dan Ja member attaining senior rank (8th & 9th Dan) while still relatively young and capable of continuing to train for decades. The number of Ko Dan Ja eligible for senior rank are also increasing. There also exist cases where an instructor and student may attain the same rank in the future. The need has arisen to establish criteria for advancement of senior Ko Dan Ja beyond 9th Dan. Three advancements of the Moo Duk Kwan will address these needs:

1) Establishment of 10th (Sip) Dan as a formal Dan rank
2) Extending minimum time requirements for 8th, 9th, and 10th Dan
3) Establishment of a Senior Ko Dan Ja (8th, 9th, 10th Dan) Questionnaire to validate a member’s readiness to be considered for rank promotion.

1) Establishment of 10th Dan as a formal Dan Rank
Effective January 2021 the Moo Duk Kwan will add 10th Dan as a formal rank. The rank will continue to be reflected by midnight blue belt with a red stripe down the center. There will not be any additional title associated with 10th Dan. Members awarded the rank of 10th Dan will be the highest reflection of the master model of a Sa Bom.

2) New minimum time requirements for 8th, 9th, 10th Dan
Effective January 2021 Moo Duk Kwan rank requirements will be amended to:

*7th Dans require a minimum of 9 Years additional training to be time eligible for 8th Dan
*8th Dans require a minimum of 10 Years additional training to be time eligible for 9th Dan
*9th Dans require a minimum of 12 Years additional training to be time eligible for 10th Dan

Note: Time eligibility alone does not assure recommendation for advancement to next rank.

3) Senior Ko Dan Ja Questionnaire
The purpose of the following questionnaire is to gather information for Kwan Jang Nim and TAC to take in to consideration when determining whether or not a senior candidate's accomplishments are adequate to be considered for rank advancement.
QUESTIONNAIRE
Thank you for your long history in, and dedication to, our Art and the Moo Duk Kwan. You have fulfilled the minimum time requirement to be consideration for your next rank promotion. The TAC on behalf of the Kwan Jang Nim, and with his guidance, will consider your accomplishments and readiness to be recommended for your next rank promotion.

Please provide your responses to the following questions.
First Name *
Last Name *
Dan Bon *
Last Rank Exam Date *
Membership Expires ("Never" is an acceptable answer) *
Current Rank *
Your Personal Instructor *
Please elaborate about your personal training activities since your last rank promotion. *
Elaborate about your participation in Regional, National, and International events since your last rank promotion. *
Please identify any contributions that you have made as a steward of the Moo Duk Kwan to ensure the continued growth of the Art for future generations? *
Explain how you have groomed and helped foster the next generation of leaders in your Region and at the National level? *
Discuss your understanding of, and belief in, the importance of the United States Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation’s Chartered purposes. *
Discuss your observations (pro and/or con) about the direction of the USA Federation over the past five years. *
Are you currently operating a Certified Federation Dojang or playing an active role in supporting one? If so, please elaborate. *
In what ways have you fulfilled your responsibilities as a Senior Ko Dan Ja member of the World Moo Duk Kwan? *
Additional Question For 9th Dan Time Eligible Otherwise skip: What novel and innovative contribution or technical or scholarly content have you created that promotes the growth of our Art? Please describe in detail.
Additional Question For 10th Dan Time Eligible Otherwise skip: Since your promotion to 9th Dan, how have your activities DIRECTLY influenced and enhanced the future direction of the Art and the WMDK? Please describe in detail
Please provide background if any of the following situations have occurred since your last rank promotion:· Have you had any incidents that discredited the Art of Soo Bahk Do or the Moo Duk Kwan organization?· Have any of your actions as a Senior Ko Dan Ja negatively impacted the Art?· Have you ever misrepresented the Art in any manner? *
Do you want to be considered for rank advancement at this time? *
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