To advance from one rank to the next, students qualify for promotion testing. Each kup level is assigned a minimum length of time practicing, minimum number of classes attended, nine stripes earned, and instructor recommendation. (For what is tested at each level see Taekwondo Program Curriculum.) When a student has each of these requirements they are issued a testing application which will need to be filled out and turned in prior to the next available rank testing date. Rank tests are held the first Friday of each month at 5:30pm.
It may take longer for Champion Taekwondo students to qualify for their black belts than some newer, more contemporary taekwondo schools require. We believe that when someone is working towards a black belt faster isn’t better. All belts are earned at the individual’s pace and are measured by skill and not a timeline. The amount of time someone spends getting to black belt isn’t standardized but promotion from one black belt to the next is, and it takes years. In fact, the Kukkiwon style imposes age and time within rank limits on poom and dan promotions. Champion Taekwondo applies those same standards to the levels prior to black belt.