Belts & Tests

Wasatch Martial Arts Academy is a certified school under the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation and is authorized to hold official promotional examinations.  All students registered with the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation are eligible to test and receive international rank certification.   Gup Shim Sa (or Color Belt Tests) are held quarterly.

You can view your requirements here:

To register for your next test, make sure you have a current membership for the US Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation and then register for the next test.

Belt System

You will find that each martial art has a different assortment of belts.  Soo Bahk Do’s belt ranking system is rooted in history and philosophy.  Each color belt increases in darkness and symbolizes one of the seasons:

  1. White Belt – Symbolizes winter, purity, innocence.  Brand new to the art, you are like a new-born child new to the world.
  2. Orange Belt – Symbolizes early spring.  After 3-6 months of training, you begin to acquire a sense of Soo Bahk Do and begin understanding its philosophy and curriculum.  The snow begins to melt.
  3. Green Belt – Symbolizes spring, growth, advancement.  After 1 year of training, your understanding continues to grow.  This is the season where you have a grasp on the art and begin to grow rapidly in your development.
  4. Red Belt – Symbolizes summer, heat, activity (Yang).  After about 2 years of training, you are considered an advanced student in Soo Bahk Do.  You are vibrant and full of energy.
  5. Midnight Blue – Symbolizes autumn, maturity, passive (Um).  After about 4 years of training, you go through a rebirth and enter into a new phase of your training as a dan member.  This is similar to other styles’ “black belt”.  This time is a fruitful result of your training and a time to explore Soo Bahk Do with new eyes and even personalize your training to suit your needs.

Rank Min Time Hyung Il Soo Sik Ho Sin Sul Sparring Breaking
  Adult Kids Adult Kids
9th Gup White w/ Stripe 1 Month Ki Cho Hyung Il Bu Cross Hand #1 (Release/counter)
8th Gup Orange 2 Months Ki Cho Hyung Il Bu
Ki Cho Hyung E Bu
Wrist Releases: Cross, Straight, 2:1, 2:2
7th Gup Orange w/ Stripe 3 Months Ki Cho Hyung E Bu
Ki Cho Hyung Sam Bu
Advance, Retreat Cross Hand #1-2  Pahl Koop or Ahp Cha Nut Gi
6th Gup Green 3 Months Ki Cho Hyung Sam Bu
Pyong Ahn Cho Dan
#1-2 #1 block, counter Wrist Pressures Cross Hand #1 Free Sparring  Kwon Do
Yup Podo Cha Gi
5th Gup Green w/ Stripe 3 Months Pyung Ahn Cho Dan
Pyung Ahn E Dan
#3-4  #3 block, counter Cross Hand #3-4 Cross Hand #2 Free Sparring Chun Kwon
Dwi Podo Cha Gi
4th Gup Green w/ 2 Stripes 3 Months Pyung Ahn E Dan
Pyung Ahn Sam Dan
#5-6 1 Straight Hand #1-4 Straight Hand #1 Free Sparring  Jang Kwon
Dullryo Cha Gi
3rd Gup Red 3 Months Pyung Ahn Sam Dan
Pyung Ahn Sa Dan
#7-8 #3 2 on 1 Hand #1-3 Straight Hand #2 Free Sparring  2 Station Break
2nd Gup Red w/ Stripe 6 Months Pyung Ahn Sa Dan
Pyung Ahn O Dan
#9-10 #5 2 on 2 Hand #1-4 2 on 1 Hand #2 Free Sparring  Yuk Soo Do
Yup Huri Gi
1st Gup Red w/ 2 Stripes 12 Months Pyung Ahn O Dan
Bassai
Naihanji Cho Dan
#11-14 #7 Side and Back Grabs 2 on 1 Hand #1 Free Sparring  Teul Oh Jang Kap Kwon
Dwi Huri Gi
Cho Dan Midnight Blue 6 Months Chil Sung E Ro
Bassai
Naihanji Cho Dan
#1-18 #1-9 (odds only) Cross Hand #1 #1-2 of Cross, Straight, 2 on 1, and 2 on 2 Hand Free Sparring  E Dan Dwi Cha Gi
Yeon Seo Kyok Pa
E Dan Midnight Blue w/ 2 Stripes 2 Years Chil Sung Il Lo
Naihanji E Dan
Yuk Ro Cho Dan
Jin Do
Sam Soo Sik (1-5) #1-17 (odds only) Cross Hand #1 #1-2 of Cross, Straight, 2 on 1, and 2 on 2 Hand Free Sparring

2 0n 1 Sparring

 E Dan Ssang Bal Cha Gi
Yeon Seo Kyok Pa
Sam Dan Midnight Blue w/ 3 Stripes 3 Years Chil Sung Sam Ro
Naihanji Sam Dan
Yuk Ro E Dan
Ro Hai
Sam Soo Sik (6-10) Sam Soo Sik (1-5) Cross Hand #1 #1-2 of Cross, Straight, 2 on 1, and 2 on 2 Hand Free Sparing
2 on 1 Sparring
 Rohai Kyuk Pa