4th & 5th Dan


Minimum Time Requirement

36 months and 48 months respectively, from last test date.

Minimum Age Requirement

21 years old, no exceptions

Tournament/Seminar Requirement

3 tournaments from last test , 2 seminars from last test (if available)

Physical requirements

3 mile run completed in 30 minutes

100 of each - pushups, squat thrusts, sit ups, completed in another 30 minutes

Community Service & Assistance Requirements

See above requirements

Teaching Requirement

Candidate must be running their own classes or school

Thesis / resume

Must be typed, approximately 1-1/2 pages long, and emailed to juestkd@juestkd.com by the application due date.

Topic of paper: “Why I want to be this rank and how will contribute back to Taekwon-Do?”

Yon-Gae is named after a famous General during the Koguryo Dynasty, Yon Gae Somoon. The 49 movements refer to the last two figures of 649 A.D., the year he forced the Tang Dynasty to quit Korea after destroying nearly 300,000 of their troops at Ansi Sung.
Ul-Ji is named after general Ul-Ji Moon Dok who successfully defended Korea against a Tang's invasion force of nearly one million soldiers led by Yang Je in 612 A.D., Ul-Ji employing hit and run guerilla tactics was able to decimate a large percentage of the force. The diagram represents his surname.
Moon-Moo honors the 30th king of the Silla Dynasty. His body was buried near Dae Wang Am (Great King's Rock). According to his will, the body was placed in the sea "Where my soul shall forever defend my land against the Japanese." It is said that the Sok Gul Am (Stone Cave) was built to guard his tomb.
So-San is the pseudonym of the great monk Choi Hyong Ung (1520-1604) during the Lee Dynasty. The 72 movements refer to his age when he organised a corps of monk soldiers with the assistance of his pupil Sa Myung Dang. The monk soldiers helped repulse the Japanese pirates who overran most of the Korean peninsula in 1592.
Se-Jong is named after the greatest Korean king, Se-Jong, who invented the Korean alphabet in 1443, and was also a meteorologist. The diagram represents the king, while the 24 movements refer to the 24 letters of the Korean alphabet.