The hankido and hankumdo curriculum of the World Hankimuye Federation concentrate on teaching students the principles and concepts of self defence. Not the amount of techniques a student knows is what is important, but his understanding of the core principles and the ability to apply these principles in combat.
Download the official test requirements in pdf-format.
Our federation issues grades from first until ninth dan (black belts) in both hankido and hankumdo. Member schools are responsible for the geup examinations (coloured belts).
Tests for first until fourth dan can be done in front of panel consisting of at least two international instructors or one international instructor with two national instructors. All tests for fifth dan and higher are done in front of master Ko Baek-yong.
Time in grade
Between each dan-grade a set minimum time should pass before one can test for the next level.
- 1st – 2nd dan: two years
- 2nd – 3rd dan: three years
- 3rd – 4th dan: four years
- 4th – 5th dan: five years
- every test from 6th till 9th dan: five years
For every test from fourth dan and up a candidate should write an essay. The essay should be at least 10 pages long (excluding title page and index) and be written in English or Korean. All English essays will be made public on this website.
Our federation charges the following prices for dan certificates:
- 1st dan – 110 USD
- 2nd dan – 120 USD
- 3rd dan – 250 USD
- 4th dan – 300 USD
- 5th dan – 350 USD
- 6th dan – 400 USD
- 7th dan – 500 USD
- 8th dan – 600 USD
- 9th dan – 700 USD