Tests and Promotions

The evaluation of students during testing gives the Instructors an understanding of the students’ development.  Areas where more training is needed are observed and noted by the students’ master.  A normal Gup test is administered every 2 – 3 months, and may last 2 – 3 hours long.  Students must demonstrate Discipline and Respect during the entire test.

Golden Dragon Tang Soo Do

Tang Soo Do combines elements of Shotokan Karate, Subak, Taekyon, and Kung Fu into one dynamic martial art.. The Ko Dan Ja or Sa Bom Nim who teaches this art, will add his or her own personal style to the varied techniques, one steps, combinations and hyung. This is called Ryu Pa. Translated, it means "a river flows (runs) down divided." From Teacher to Student or Master to Disciple, the river flows, taking the path of least resistance. The river represents both the flow of knowledge, and the spirit of the Dao.

3rd Quarter Gup Shim Sa

(l-r) Tim Bennett SBN, Anthony Burkett, Jazmin Rubalcava, Nicholas Burkett, Daniel Bojorquez, and Master Darno DeJohnette

The next Gup test is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th at 3:00 PM. Parents and students should arrive at least 45 minutes early to complete the registration process. Students must also turn in their pre-test documents before the test (i.e., “Bad Habit,” “Citizenship”).   To receive an official Certified Moo Duk Kwan Rank Promotion Certificate, students must be currently enrolled and in good standing with the Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation.  Expired memberships will result in certification rejection.  (Click Here for Federation Membership)

See Master DeJohnette if you have any questions regarding the testing requirements.

REMEMBER!  Stay hydrated, stay safe! Soo Bahk!

Shim Sa Candidates_2018-06-16

Four students tested on Saturday June 16, 2018 at DeJohnette Martial Arts Academy. Two white belts, an orange and a red belt performed all the required portions of the shim sa for their particular rank achievement. Sa Bom Nim Tim Bennett and Master Darno DeJohnette graded the students using the new Federation Guidelines for Gup promotion testing. The candidates all did extremely well. Here are a few images of the shim sa.

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Gup Shim Sa

The next Gup test is scheduled for Saturday, June 16th at 3:00 PM. Students should arrive at least 45 minutes early to complete their registration. Be sure to turn in your pre-test documents before the test (i.e., "Bad Habit," "Citizenship"). Stay hydrated, stay safe! Soo Bahk!

New DoJang

I want to invite you to our new DoJang in Vista, CA. We are located at 1234 N. Santa Fe Avenue. There is plenty of room for dozens of practitioners, so expect to see workshops and seminars in the not too distant future.

This is the view from the outside. Hope to see you soon. Soo Bahk!