Four years from 4th Dan/Poom. To be recommended by B.T.C.B. instructor (5th dan or above) or by written confirmation from B.T.C.B. Executive Committee.

This rank confers the title of “Master”, which carries with it a certain amount of prestige and responsibility in the eyes of both the public and the Taekwondo community. It therefore involves more than technical ability. Candidates must therefore display a dignified, mature attitude in their personal behaviour and technical performance. Candidates should also be actively and constructively contributing to the development of Taekwondo within the B.T.C.B.

A 10-page, 2000-word thesis is to be submitted for consideration by the B.T.C.B. Candidates may choose any Taekwondo-related subject, in relation to any physical, mental or scientific aspect.

Candidate to have attended at least one seminar held by B.T.C.B. technical team since their last Dan grading.

Sip Jin to Koryo
Choice of two by grading panel. Start and finish on same spot. Hit your targets. Use two hands to block and strike. Show speed, control, flexibility, balance and concentration of spirit.

One-Step Sparring - Exhibit varied techniques including take-downs.The attacker punches at the nose with meaning. The defender must move, block and counter with different techniques on each side and using good basics as above. To start, the attacker kihaps, then the defender. At this point the attack begins. The only kihaps from then on are as the defender strikes.
Free Sparring - Wearing full protective equipment, exhibit scoring techniques, with controlled light contact and speed. 2 minutes duration. The aim is to show your ability to attack and defend using different heights and techniques. An understanding of current sports fighting techniques is essential.

Against knife attack Free style; thrust only. Attacker must be disarmed. The aim is to show control of the knife by means of blocks, locks, strikes & take-downs. Attacks are continuous. Against grabs Free style. Attacker must be taken down. Attacker has the choice of how and what to grab.

Three-directional; candidate’s choice Senior: 1 inch. Junior (under 16): focus mitt. The aim is to show proper control of your kicking foot or hand, standing foot, balance & distance.

These are the recommendations for 5th Dan/Poom by the B.T.C.B. Technical Committee.


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