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GRADES

The present day coloured belt system didn’t exist in the past. Numerous traditional schools in Viêt Nam only recognized three levels:

1) SO DANG or NHAP MON beginner
2) TRUNG DANG or TRUNG MON intermediate
3) THUONG DANG or DAI MON expert

Other ways to indicate the kids level of experience were the colour of their clothes (Vo Phuc), the number of pockets on their suit, the colour of the scarf worn around their neck or of their belts ribbons.

The system of degrees in QWAN KI DO or QUAN KHI DAO was kept according to the traditional knowledge of Dai Hoa Luu Hành, as it was passed on by the great masters. There have been some changes made for the western world.

1 – NHAP MON or Introduction

There are five sublevels called Cap on the beginner level, indicated by the red stripes for children and blue stripes for adults on a white belt. The time needed to move on to a higher degree lasts 9 – 10 months (about a sporting season), according to the Dai Hoa Luu Hành-system.

1) BEGINNER
symbolising
 VO CUC (emptiness, infinity; beginning of all existence) 
2) CAP MOT 
first blue stripe, symbolising 
Thai Cuc (creation of change, knowledge of the first element)
3) LUONG NGHI
second blue stripe, appearance of the two poles (AM and DUONG) and their competition, it represents the physical side and the harmony between upper and lower limbs.
4) TU TUONG
third blue stripe (the four directions; application for arms and legs)
5) NGU HANH
fourth blue stripe (the five elements, distinction between the body and the extraordinary capabilities of arms and legs)


After four years of regular practice and after having received the four Caps (stripes) the student will now be allowed to take the exam for the black belt, or medium level (
TRUNG MON). The minimum age is 16 years.

2 – TRUNG MON or Intermediate Level

One year after the exam leading to intermediate level the apprentice is authorised to enter the TRUNG MON-, DANG- orHANG-exam. This system was developed to represent the four different degrees of the black belt category HUYEN DAI:

KIEN 1. Degree or NHAT DANG or HANG MOT
DOAI 2. Degree or NHI DANG or HANG HAI
LY 3. Degree or TAM DANG or HANG BA
CHAN 4. Degree or TU DANG or HANG BON
TON 5. Degree or NGU DANG or HANG NAM

The minimal duration from one degree to another is set by the rules of the WORLD UNION OF QWAN KI DO.

3 – DAI MON or High Level

HONG BACH DAI (red and whit belt with yellow frame):

KHAM 6. Degree or LUC DANG or HANG SAU
CAN 7. Degree or THAT DANG or HANG BAY
KHON 8. Degree or BAT DANG or HANG TAM

4 – SIEU DANG

SIEU DANG is the degree given to former apprentices who spent their whole live serving the Qwan Ki Do-method and martial arts. The degree is symbolised by a white belt and a red stripe in its middle.

DICH 9.Degree or CUU DANG or HANG CHIN
DAO 10.Degree or THAP DANG or HANG MUOI

5 – CHUONG MON DAI

The CUONG MON DAI-belt has generally been passed on from generation to generation and by the testament from master Chau Quan Ky to master Pham Xuan Tong. This belt standing above the system of Qwan Ki Do-degrees is warranty for the ethic and roots of the method. According to the principle Dai Hoa Luu Hành this belt ranks in the eighth position “Que Khôn” and that way symbolises the theory of eternal rebirth.

The belt is composed of four stripes, which represent the four colours of traditional virtues:

1) The blue stripe is placed on the outer line of the belt.
The colour blue stands for charity and will.
2) The yellow stripe follows next.
The colour yellow stands for clarity and clear mind
3) The red stripe covers the whole belt.
The colour red stands for courage and the spirit of a fighter
4) The white stripe is placed in the middle of the belt.
The colour white, synthesis for all colours stands for purity.

 

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