At Mountain Academy of Martial Arts, every rank has minimum time requirements that the rank must be held before advancing. Please remember, these are minimum requirements, a student may be held at their current rank for many reasons, many that are listed on our FAQ page. Clicking on the rank will take you to the page providing additional requirements for that rank
Yellow (8th Kyp) – 3 months at white belt
Yellow with stripe (7th Kyp) – 3 months at yellow belt
Green (6th Kyp) – 3 months at yellow belt with stripe
Blue (5th Kyp) – 6 months at green belt
Blue with stripe (4th Kyp) – 3 or 6 months at blue belt (blue+blue stripe = 9 months)
Red belt (3rd Kyp) – 3 or 6 months at blue belt with stripe (blue+blue stripe = 9 months)
Red belt first stripe (2nd Kyp) – 6 months at red belt
Red belt second stripe (1st Kyp) – 6 months at red belt with first stripe
1st Dan Black belt – 6 months at red belt with second stripe, free forms memorized for 3 months
4th Dan Black Belt – 4 Years plus application submitted to head of school/Moo Duk Kwan Denver Board*
5th Dan Black Belt – 5 Years plus at least one student ranked at 2nd Dan or higher
6th Dan Black Belt – 5 Years
7th Dan Black Belt – 5 Years
8th Dan Black Belt – 10 Years
9th Dan Black Belt – 10 Years
These are MINIMUM time requirements and are subject to instructor approval
Regular attendance is expected and required for testing, also subject to instructor discretion
The test fee is $30 regardless of the rank you are testing for. Please pay your instructor before testing.
*To be considered for testing for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Dan rank, the Black Belt application must be provided to your head instructor and/or the Moo Duk Kwan board at least 3 months before your requested test date. The application must be completely filled out and all required signatures obtained. (If applicant is owner/head of their school, application must be signed off by the Moo Duk Kwan Denver board.) If student is requesting to test early, a statement as to why an early test should be granted must be included. The Moo Duk Kwan Denver board may advance a student early at their own discretion.
Download the Black_Belt Application.