The present day coloured belt system didn’t exist in the past. Numerous traditional schools in Viêt Nam only recognized three levels:
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.
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:
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):
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.
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:
content source World Union of Qwan Ki Do