Each Kuk Sool Won Black-Belt rank — apart from 1st degree and 2nd degree — is readily identifiable by the style and colouring of its associated uniform (or The General, as it’s correctly known), and a comprehensive list of these ranks follows. Move the cursor over (or click on) each image to reveal the corresponding rank name in Korean, its common abbreviation and an English translation.

Kuk Sa Nym (KSN)

Grandmaster | National Martial Arts Teacher

Su Suhk Kwahn Jahng Nim (SSKJN)

9th degree | Senior Executive Master

Suhn Im Kwahn Jahng Nim (SIKJN)

8th degree | Executive Master

Ji Do Kwahn Jahng Nim (JDKJN)

7th degree | Senior Master

Joo Im Kwahn Jahng Nim (JIKJN)

6th degree | Head Master

Pyung Kwahn Jahng Nim (PKJN)

5th degree | Master

Sa Beom Nim (SBN)

4th degree | Instructor

Pu Sa Beom Nim (PSBN)

3rd degree | Deputy Instructor

Kyo Sa Nim (KSN)

2nd degree | Assistant Instructor

Jo Kyo Nim (JKN)

1st degree | Instructor-in-Training