WTF Dan Grade


Koryo

1st Dan

Koryo (Korea) is the name of an old Korean Dynasty. The people from the Koryo-period defeated the Mongolian aggressors. Their spirit is reflected in the movements of the Poomse Koryo. Each movement of this Poomse represents the strength and energy needed to control the Mongols

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Keumgang

2nd Dan

The definition of Keumgang is "Too hard to be broken", or "diamond". The movements of the Poomse Keumgang are as beautiful as the Keumgang-san (a Korean mountain) and as hard as Keumgang-seok (diamond)

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Taebaek

3rd Dan

The legendary 'Dangoon' founded a nation in Taebaek, near Korea's biggest mountain Baekdoo. Baekdoo is a symbol for Korea. The definition of Taebaek is "lightness". Every movement in this Poomse must not only be exact and fast, but with determination and hardness

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Pyongwon

4th Dan

The definition of Pyongwon is "stretch, vast plain": big, majestic

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Sipjin

5th Dan

Sipjin stands for decimal. This Poomse represents the orderliness of the decimal system. It also means the endless development and growth in a systematic order: stability

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Jitae

6th Dan

Jitae is derived from the meaning of the earth. All things evolve from and return to the earth, the earth is the beginning and the end of life

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Chonkwon

7th Dan

Chonkwon means 'sky'. The sky should be seen as ruler of the universe. It is both mysterious, infinite and profound. The motions of Cheonkwon are full of piety and vitality

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Hansu

8th Dan

This poomse is derived from the fluidity of water which easily adapts within nature

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Ilyeo

9th Dan

The state of spiritual cultivation in Buddhism is called 'Ilyeo' which means more or less 'oneness'. In Ilyo, body and mind, spirit and substance, I and you are unified. The ultimate ideal of taekwondo can be found in this state. It is a discipline in which we concentrate on every movement leaving all materialistics thoughts, obsessions and extermal influences behind

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