Now that you have that Black Belt

  • More independent studies
  • Multiple teachers/coaches/learningsources
  • More specialisation as you progressthrough the ranks
  • Longer term goals
  • Higher level of expertise expected inall core techniques and basics
  • Maintained levels of fitness and flexibility.
  • Discuss your situation with your instructorand work out who will be your mentors – could be your instructor, you couldhave more than one. You need to select a coaching team for your training.
  • With your instructor, work out your trainingplan. A Training Goals Record sheet is provided in the PDF document tohelp you keep track of your progress and goals. This is not mandatory – just a suggestion.
  • For the core elements – work out howyou will achieve these (who, how and when).
  • For the elective elements – work outhow you will achieve these (who, how and when).
  • Set down goals for every 3 months –write them down – mentor gets a copy.
  • Every 3 months show your instructor/mentorsyour progress – if you have not met your goals – adjust your plan.
  • When you present yourself for your nextblack belt grading you may provide a copy of your training record and what youachieved each 3 months. This is notmandatory – just a suggestion.
As you improve as a Black Belt

Self Defence

  • Your techniques should be moreefficient and require less strength to execute.
  • You should reduce the size of yourcircles.
  • You should improve using your hips andlegs as a source for your power.
  • Smaller movements from you (thedefender) should generate a larger result (more pain/movement) in the attacker.
  • You should start executing goodtechniques without thinking – responding correctly by reflex.
  • You should still have the mind of thestudent – your learning is not over – it has just begun.

Multiple Grabbing

  • Respond more by feeling than bywatching.
  • Give the attackers a safe place to fallto.
  • Be dynamic – use attacker’s motion.


  • Jamming – cutting distance during anattack to get in before the technique is fully released.
  • Timing – anticipation – avoid clashes –hit where and when there is a gap.


  • Extension of ki to the end of the weapon– and beyond.
  • Use of weapon as an extension of yourhands.
  • Understanding the strengths andweaknesses of each weapon.
  • Understanding the distance and timingfor each weapon.


  • Humility – keep the mind of the student– you should be an empty cup ready to learn.
  • Maturity – other student’s eyes arelooking at everything you do in class – behave the way you would expect them tobehave.
  • Leadership – take an active role inbuilding and strengthening your club – help the instructor – take initiative –don’t wait for the instructor to ask for help – the more you put into your clubthe more you will get out of it.
  • Integrity – if you say you are going tobe somewhere – turn up – if you say you are going to do something – do it.Speak sincerely and truthfully. If you are not sure about something – don’tmake it up just to impress your juniors.

Other than the core elements –black belts are encouraged to undertake additional areas of study – electives.These electives are not mandatory –they are just suggestions that will enhance your black belt journey.

These electives can be done atany grade. Once you and your instructor have decided to attempt an elective youshould stick to it for at least 6 months.You will be provided anopportunity to demonstrate your knowledge in an elective area at your gradings– if you want to.As more of our black beltsundertake these electives we will document the knowledge for the black beltsthat follow.

The following electives are considered relevant to Hapkidoblack belt study:

  • Meridians and pressure points
  • Meditation
  • Groundwork/Grappling
  • Komdo/Haedong Gumdo
  • Offensive self defence
  • Choking and Revival Techniques
  • One handed self defence
  • Close range defence against a gun
  • Acrobatic kicks
  • Knifefighting/defence.

IfBlack Belts have suggestions for other electives please send your ideas to theTechnical Director.

Black belt techniques are usuallymore difficult than the coloured belt techniques and require a lot of time to getright. The following times are guidelines only and indicate how much time isnormally taken to learn and perfect the techniques of each grade. It is commonfor black belts to take 10 years or longer to achieve their 4thDegree Black Belt.

  • 1st Degree to 2nd Degree – 2years of training
  • 2nd Degree to 3rd Degree – 3years of training
  • 3rdDegree to 4th Degree – 4 years of training.
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