Black belt – Dan ranks


Dan ranks increase from 1st Dan to 10th Dan

Generally a ‘Dan’ black belt is either a plain black belt or has a stripe across the tip for each rank, usually gold. For example, a 5th Dan could have five gold stripes across the end of the belt.

All British Taekwondo members receive ranks of 1st Dan and above issued from the Kukkiwon (Korean certificate for grading). To participate in the Olympic Games all black belts must be registered this way.

Taekwondo teaches more than just physical fighting skills and defensive techniques. It is a discipline that shows ways of enhancing our spirit and life through training our body and mind.