Tae Kwon Do Information
The Liberty University Tae Kwon Do Club wants to ensure that true and legitimate tae kwon do training occurs. That is why we will be under the teachings of 9th Dan Grandmaster Ju Hun Kim and the Kim School of Tae Kwon Do. Grandmaster Kim obtained his 9th Dan from the Kukkiwon, which is also known as the World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters located in Seoul, Korea. In recognition of his expertise in Taekwondo, Grandmaster Kim has received many prestigious awards such as “Best Master Instructor” by the World Taekwondo Federation, a license from the United States Taekwondo Union (the licensing agency for the U.S. Olympic Committee) for training and coaching, a congratulatory letter from President George W. Bush, and a lifetime achievement Award from President Barack Obama.
Tae Kwon Do Belt Rank and Forms
In Tae Kwon Do, belts are given out to represent the skill level of the practitioner. Here at Liberty University we use a 10 belt ranking structure known as a “gup” starting at 10th Gup white belt and ending at 1st Gup brown belt. Upon entering the rank of black belt, the term is then known as “Dan.”
Form(s) Needed for Next Rank/Belt
10th Gup White Belt
Heaven and Earth
Founder of Korea in 2333B.C
9th Gup Yellow Belt
Pseudonym of Ahn Chang Ho who devoted his life to further the education of Korea and its independent movement.
8th Gup Yellow Belt
7th Gup Yellow Belt
The noted monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla dynasty in 686 A.D.
6th Gup Green Belt
Pseudonym of the philosopher Yii nicknamed the “Confucius of Korea.” The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on the 38th parallel.
5th Gup Green Belt
The patriot An-Joong Gun who assassinated Ito Hiro Bumi, the first Japanese governor-general of Korea.
4th Gup Green Belt
The pen name of the scholar Y Hwang, an authority on Neo-Confucianism.
3rd Gup Red Belt
Name of the Hwarangdo youth group which originated in the Silla Dynasty.
2n Gup red Belt
Traditional form of Japanese Origin incorporated into Tae Kwon Do.
1st Gup Brown Belt
Named after Admiral Yi-Sun-Shin. Choong Moo means loyalty-chivalry and is also the name of Korea’s 3rd highest military award, the “Distinguished Military Service Medal of the People’s Republic of Korea.”
1st -9th Dan Black Belt
Forms will be taught as needed
Testing for another rank is held approximately every 3 months being in March, June, Sept. and Dec. All ranks are required to demonstrate properly learned techniques, the required form for the next rank, multiple one-step sparring drills, board breaking using various face high kicking techniques, self-defense techniques such as hip throws and joint locks (black belts), and one on one sparring. 9th Dan Grandmaster Ju Hun Kim from the Kim School of Tae Kwon Do in Charlotte, NC is the promotional authority for belt advancements.