The Black Belt Dan Rank Certification is established by the World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF) to promote a unified standard for traditional and modern martial arts styles, to regulate the quality of martial arts, and to recognize the achievements of martial arts students. The requirements specified below serve as guidelines for the black belt dan rank certification. To apply for black belt rank certification, the applicant must meet all the requirements listed here. Black belt dan rank certification is based on the specific style or system that the applicant is getting tested/evaluated for, therefore, an applicant can submit multiple applications and be evaluated for multiple styles or systems.
The instructor of the applicant or the applicant must document the black belt dan rank testing in video, and then submit the testing video online (e.g. YouTube) addition to the application form on this page. The black belt dan rank testing shall include the demonstration of form/kata/fighting techniques and self-defense techniques or a sparring session. All applicants must receive the approval of their instructor in order to be eligible to apply for black belt certification. An approval letter by the applicant’s instructor must be submitted by mail or email. The black belt certification examination will be evaluated by a panel of specialist officials appointed by the WFMAF according to the style or system of the applicant.
A black belt dan rank awarded by other reputable martial arts organizations will be evaluated and considered toward the applicant’s grading. An honorary Dan rank certification may be given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of traditional fighting martial arts.
Form/Kata Basic Requirements
Form/Kata Evaluation Standards
Self-Defense Applications Evaluation Standard
Sparring Session Evaluation Standard
Martial Arts Written Essay Requirements
Martial Arts Video Essay Requirements
1st Dan Requirements
2nd Dan Requirements
3rd Dan Requirements
4th Dan Requirements
5th Dan Requirements
6th Dan Requirements
7th Dan Requirements
8th Dan Requirements
9th Dan Requirements
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