rank requirements

For student rankings, Cheonjikido utitlizes Korean rank titles to pay homage to Chang Moo Kwan Do, a Korean eclectic style and the great-grandfather of Cheonjikido according to our black belt lineage. For instructor rankings, Cheonjikido utilizes Japanese dan titles to pay homage to the heavy influence of Japanese and Okinawan traditional styles (i.e. Aikido, Isshin-Ryu, Shotokan) on the eclectic practice of Cheonjikido.

For children and students with certain physical limitations, we utilize a junior ranking system up to the rank of Chil-geup (green belt). See JUNIOR RANK CRITERIA.

7 areas of student assessment

  1. Kihon

  2. Kata

  3. Ippon Kumite

  4. Weapons

  5. Fighting

  6. Academics

  7. Teaching


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gu-geup, orange belt

  1. Ukemi (breakfalls, front rolls), Unsoku

  2. Ki-bone IL

  3. N/A

  4. Knife Drills, Attacks

  5. Block & Catch, Taking Balance, Irimi & Tenkan

  6. Our Style Identity, Uke & Tori

  7. N/A


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pal-geup, yellow belt

  1. Tandoku-undo, Fighting Techniques 1-2

  2. Ki-bone E

  3. Punches (5)

  4. Knife Blocking

  5. Randori (1-on-1), Kumite (1-on-1)

  6. Core Principles of Spirit 1-6, Itosu’s Ten Precepts of Karate, Principles of Kata

  7. N/A




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chil-geup, green belt

  1. Fighting Techniques 3-5

  2. Ki-bone Som, Aikido Hand Grabs, 15 Basics (Uke)

  3. Punches, Grabs (10)

  4. Bokken Kata Ni

  5. Blind Randori (1-on-1), Kumite (1-on-1)

  6. Core Principles of Spirit 7-12, Principles of Ki, Bunkai Disassembly of Early CMK Forms 

  7. N/A



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yuk-geup, advanced green belt

  1. Fighting Techniques 3-5

  2. Ki-bone Sa, Aikido 15 Basics

  3. Punches, Grabs, Counters (15)

  4. Knife Slashes

  5. Randori (2-on-1), Kumite (2-on-1)

  6. Core Principles of Soul 1-6, Jack Mumpower - 15 Basic Techniques, Influential Traditional Styles

  7. Class Stretching & Warm-ups


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o-geup, blue belt

  1. Ukemi (flipping), Fighting Techniques 8-10

  2. Ki-bone O, Pyan-dan IL, Dojo Knife Set 1-10

  3. Punches, Grabs, Counters, Knife (25)

  4. Jo Strikes

  5. Blind Randori (2-on-1), Kumite (2-on-1)

  6. Core Principles of Soul 7-12, Our Dojo History, Pyan-dan Il Bunkai

  7. Unsoku, Tandoku-undo



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sa-geup, advanced blue belt

  1. Fighting Techniques 11-15

  2. Pyan-dan E, Dojo Knife Set 11-20

  3. Punches, Grabs, Counters, Knife, Bat (40)

  4. Jo Kata Ichi

  5. Randori (3-on-1), Kumite (3-on-1)

  6. Core Principles of Body 1-6, Seven Principles of Kata Interpretation, Kyusho-Jitsu TheoryPyan-dan E Bunkai, WRITTEN EXAM

  7. Classes (1), Bunkai Application from Kata (1)



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som-geup, red belt

  1. Review

  2. Pyan-dan Som, Gun Kata 1-7

  3. Punches, Grabs, Counters, Knife, Bat, Gun (50)

  4. Bokken Kata Ichi

  5. Blind Randori (3-on-1), Kumite (3-on-1)

  6. Core Principles of Body 7-12, Pyan-dam Som Bunkai, Pressure Point Manual, WRITTEN EXAM

  7. Classes (2), Bunkai Application from Kata (3)



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e-geup, advanced red belt

  1. Review

  2. Pyan-dan Sa, 15 Basics Variations

  3. Punches, Grabs, Counters, Knife, Bat, Gun, Wall (60)

  4. Jo Kata Ni

  5. Randori (4-on-1), Kumite (3-on-1), Weapons (2-on-1)

  6. Tomiki Aikido, Larry Beal Kyusho-jitsu Seminar, WRITTEN EXAM

  7. Classes (2), Bunkai Application from Kata (5)


 

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il-geup, brown belt

  1. Ukemi (grass)

  2. Pyan-dan O, Dynamic Throws

  3. Punches, Grabs, Counters, Knife, Bat, Gun, Wall, Suwari (75)

  4. Review

  5. Randori (5-on-1), Kumite (4-on-1), Weapons (3-on-1)

  6. Indigenous Chang Moo Kwan Bunkai, One Principle, One Thousand Techniques, WRITTEN EXAM

  7. Classes (3), Pressure Point Bunkai Applications from Kata (3)



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shodan, black belt

*BY INVITATION ONLY, MUST BE AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE

  1. Ukemi (concrete)

  2. Chulgi-IL, Chang Moo Shodan, Traditional Kata of Student’s Choice

  3. Punches, Grabs, Counters, Knife, Bat, Gun, Wall, Suwari, Ground (100)

  4. Bo Kata Ichi

  5. Randori (8-on-1), Kumite (4-on-1), Weapons (3-on-1), Suwari (3-on-1)

  6. From Point Zero to Ground Zero, Jack Mumpower - Comparing the Basic 15 and the 17 AdvancedRESEARCH PAPER (topic determined by Black Belt Board of Directors)

  7. Classes (5), Advanced Bunkai Applications from Kata (5)

  8. First Aid & CPR Certification OR Concealed Carry Certification (must be 21 years old)