1st-9th Dan Promotion Test & Master License Course

The Kukkiwon has authorized the Organizing Committee to provide a Special Senior Promotion test up to 9th Degree in conjunction with a Skip-Dan test.  Traditionally, candidates for 8th and 9th Dan are required to travel to Korea and test at the Kukkiwon. This is the 1st time the Kukkiwon is holding 8th and 9th Dan Test outside of the Kukkiwon.  The Special Promotion/Skip Dan Promotion test will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Hyatt Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado, USA.

This testing will be conducted in accordance with Kukkiwon rules, while exercising special flexibility as appropriate.  The Organizing Committee will send applicants the required history, terminology, and philosophy materials in advance of the test.  Additionally, applicants will be required to videotape their required poomsae and submit it in advance in order to streamline the testing process.  For frequently asked questions, please CLICK HERE.

All candidates that take the Special Promotion/Skip Dan Promotion test must also take the Master License Course. All 4th Dan and above candidates who successfully complete the Master License Course will receive a Master Instructor License from the Kukkiwon.  3rd Dan and below who successfully complete the Master License Course will receive a Graduation Certificate only. The Kukkiwon Master License Course has a required training hour total of forty (40) hours.  The U.S. Taekwondo Committee is working together with Kukkiwon to ensure the compliance with the training hours required.

Test candidates are required to pay for their own expenses including room and board on Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June15th, 2017.

The Organizing Committee will pay for Test Candidates’ hotel room only on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th, 2017 due to the fact that you will be taking the Master Instructor License Course.  All test participants will be assigned a roommate.  Additionally, all participants will be invited to a formal dinner banquet on Friday June 16th and Saturday June 17th, 2017.  These are the only 2 meals that will be provided by the Organizing Committee.

ARRIVAL DATEWednesday, June 14, 2017

TEST DATEThursday, June 15, 2017


The Kukkiwon will host two dinner receptions:

  • Friday, June 16, 2017 (Time TBA) | Hosted by the President of Kukkiwon
  • Saturday, June 17th (Time TBA) | Hosted by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kukkiwon

Both receptions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center located at 7800 East Tufts Avenue in Denver, CO 80237. As a participant of the Special Test, each applicant will be invited to attend these 2 dinner receptions.


The following special guests have been invited to speak at the dinner receptions and participate in photo opportunities:

  • Dr. Un Yong Kim, Founding President of Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), and former Vice President of International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • Seung Wan Lee, former President of Kukkiwon
  • Sung Chon Hong, Chairman of Board of Directors of Kukkiwon
  • Hyun Deuk Oh, President of Kukkiwon
  • Sung Tae Kim, Chairman of Taekwondo Promotion Foundation


If you are applying for a Skip Dan Test, you will be responsible for paying for all rank test fees you are taking. For example:  If you are a current 1st Dan applicant taking the Skip Dan Test to 4th Dan, you will pay $360.00 total. (This includes 2nd Dan $90, 3rd Dan $120, and 4th Dan $150 = $360.00 grand total due.)

The maximum number of levels a person can apply to skip is 3.


The historic Kukkiwon 8th and 9th Dan High Test, 1st-7th Dan Low Test, and Master Instructor License Course has a limit of 300 participants. On May 5, 2017, the Organizing Committee will be traveling to Korea to meet with the Kukkiwon in person to make final determinations for applicants with special situations regarding their Dan promotion. Once a final determination has been made for each pending applicant, the Organizing Committee will contact the applicants with the final result so each applicant can make the appropriate travel arrangements to Denver, CO.

The deadline to apply for the 8th and 9th Dan High Test, 1st-7th Dan Low Test is WEDNESDAY MAY 3, 2017 at 11:59pm Mountain Time.  All applications received after this deadline will be put on a waiting list. In the event the number of applicants drops below 300 due to ineligible test candidates, the Organizing Committee will submit the waiting list applicants to the Kukkiwon for a final determination.

The Master Instructor License Course registration will remain open until the maximum of 300 combined applicants has been reached. Once the 300 applicants have been reached, all applicants for the Master Instructor License Course will be placed on the Master Instructor License Course waiting list, and notified if any openings become available due to withdrawals.

Rank Testing For Price Required Poomsae
1st Dan $70 Koryo
2nd Dan $90 Keumgang
3rd Dan $120 Taebaek
4thDan $150 Pyungwon
5th Dan $300 Sipjin
6th Dan $350 Jitae
7th Dan $450 Cheonkwon
8th Dan $550 Hanoo
9th Dan $700 Ilyo
Special Promotion/Skip Dan Test & Master License Course Application is now Closed