- Sep 6, 2009
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At our school we go from 1st gup/kup (3rd red belt) to black belt and then after a year we grade for first degree black belt. I have spoken to a lot of people who have never heard of a 'straight' black belt and say that they go from 1st gup to 1st degree black belt and others I have spoken to have said they also have a year at black belt before grading for 1st degree. It does seem strange to me that we have a year at black before becoming first degree because surely 1st degree black belt would mean the first of the black belts. For this reason I look at black belt at our club as a sort of 'probationary' black belt that you hold prior to first degree. I was just wondering how other clubs do it, particularly those that train at kukkiwon clubs (as we are not kukkiwon). Do you guys go straight from 1st gup to first degree black belt? Im just curious.