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6th Dan Black Belt in the WT

A sixth Dan Black Belt accords Master status to the TaeKwonDo practitioner. It confirms the person’s physical and mental skills and takes over 10 years to earn. The 6th Dan Black Belt is considered a ‘high belt’, and the practitioner may sometimes be referred to as godanja.

What is World TaeKwonDo?

World TaeKwonDo (WT), previously called the World TaeKwonDo Federation (WTF), is the internationally-recognized body governing TaeKwonDo. Since TaeKwonDo is a recognized Olympic sport, World TaeKwonDo is a member body of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF).

WT has a National Governing Body in every country (Canada’s is TaeKwonDo Canada), managing the sport in Canada and maintaining oversight of TaeKwonDo classes.

What Is Dan in TaeKwonDo?

TaeKwonDo did not have a formal system of grading until around the 1950s when the Dan ranking was introduced. Dan ranks can have different names and slightly different meanings, however, most follow this ranking system:

TaeKwonDo Black Belt Dan Ranks

  • Il Dan: First-degree black belt.
  • Ee Dan: Second-degree black belt.
  • Sa Dan: Fourth-degree black belt.
  • Oh Dan: Fifth-degree black belt.
  • Yuk Dan: Sixth-degree black belt.
  • Chil Dan: Seventh-degree black belt.
  • Pal Dan: Eighth-degree black belt.
  • Gu Dan: Ninth-degree black belt.
Once the practitioner reaches the 4th Dan, they may be called “Master”. At the 7th Dan and higher, the “Grand Master” title is accorded. Finally, 9th Dan practitioners are often considered “Chief Masters”. Progressing through the Dans doesn’t just require skill and commitment to TaeKwonDo, it requires time. Most Dans need the practitioner to satisfy a certain number of years at that level before they can progress upwards in the Black Belt.

Before Reaching the Black Belt Dan Rank

You will learn throughout your TaeKwonDo journey that the sport doesn’t just assess your physical ability, it tests your mental strength. After all, TaeKwonDo is a way of life, not just a physical sport. To reach any Black Belt Dan ranks, you must progress through the junior and senior belts (Gup Ranks).

Junior Belts
  • White Belt – 10th Gup
  • Yellow Stripe Belt – 9th Gup
  • Yellow Belt – 8th Gup
  • Green Stripe Belt – 7th Gup
Senior Belts
  • Green Belt – 6th Gup
  • Blue Stripe Belt – 5th Gup
  • Blue Belt – 4th Gup
  • Red Stripe Belt – 3rd Gup
  • Black Stripe Belt – 1st Gup
Unlike Black Belts, you don’t need to have had your Gup rank for a minimum number of years to progress.

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