Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™
(Traditional Korean Weapons)
jang bong (long staff)
Grandmaster Benko


Include Korean Weapons In Your Training


  Korean Weapons (Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™)


Grandmaster Benko




What Is "Han Kuk Mu Ki Do"?

Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ is the study of the Traditional Martial Arts Weapons of Korea founded by Grandmaster James S. Benko in 1976. These weapons were primarily common, everyday farm tools or other items, such as the ji pang e (cane), jang bong (long staff), jung bong (middle staff), tahn bong (short stick), ee chul bong (two-section stick "nunchaku"), jang tan-do (long daggers "sai" in Japanese), nat (sickle), cha-ru (handle "tonfa" in Japanese), and several other weapons.

The Art of Han Kuk Mu Ki Do ™ includes the techniques, tactics, and hyungs (patterns) which are used in learning these traditional weapons of ancient Korea. Just because an individual holds the rank of black belt in a Korean mu do (martial art) does not mean he or she is proficient in the use of traditional Korean weapons. It takes a great amount of time and commitment in order to develop the skills necessary to become proficient with Korean weapons. Grandmaster Benko has been studying Korean weapons since 1959 and is one of the leading experts in the world in this field of study.

No matter what style of Korean martial arts you study, you may now enroll in the Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ Program and work toward receiving your Black Belt in the Art of Traditional Korean Weapons. Once you have been awarded your 1st degree black belt in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do you may apply to become a Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ Instructor and begin teaching the Art to your students. You may also enroll in advanced programs and proceed through the black belt ranks to Master in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™.


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Han Kuk Mu Ki Do Ranking System

The Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ belt ranking system is divided into two different classifications, gups and dans. A student of Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ who has not yet attained the rank of black belt is referred to as a yu gup cha or gup which means "grade" There are 10 gup levels in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™, with 10th gup being the lowest and 1st gup being the highest. Gup ranks are distinguished by different colored belts.

Once an individual has reached the black belt level he is referred to as a yu dan cha or dan (pronounced "don") which means "degree" There are 9 levels of black belt in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ which are divided into three distinct classifications:

  1. First through third Dan (Novice)
  2. Fourth through eighth Dan (Master)
  3. Ninth Dan (Grandmaster)

It is important to remember that no matter how long a person trains or what rank or title a person may achieve in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ he or she will always be a student.

Color of Belt Rank
  White Belt 10th Gup
  White Belt With Yellow Stripe 9th Gup
  Yellow Belt 8th Gup
  Yellow Belt With Green Stripe 7th Gup
  Green Belt 6th Gup
  Green Belt With Blue Stripe 5th Gup
  Blue Belt 4th Gup
  Blue Belt With Red Stripe 3rd Gup
  Red Belt 2nd Gup
  Red Belt With Black Stripe 1st Gup
  Black Belt 1st To 9th Dan


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How Can I Advance In Rank?

Once you are enrolled in the Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ program, you study 5 Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ DVD videos. 3 Long Staff DVD videos: D-245, D-138, and D-139, plus 2 Short Stick DVD videos: D-252 and D-253.


These DVDs contain the promotion requirements. When you feel you are ready to test you make a video of yourself performing the requirements for the rank(s) you wish to test for at that time. Submit the video with the $25.00 Examination Fee per Gup level (Foreign Countries $30.00 USD). If you are testing from 10th Gup to 9th Gup, submit $25.00 (Foreign Countries $30.00 USD). If you are testing from 10th Gup to 8th Gup, submit $50.00 (Foreign Countries $60.00 USD). Your Black Belt Examination Fee will be $115.00 (Foreign Countries $130.00 USD). Each time you are promoted you shall be awarded a Certificate of Rank plus a Rank and Identification Card.

You may test for two ranks at a time. For example: for your first test you may test from 10th Gup to 8th Gup, (belts are not included with the program). This will help you move more quickly through the program based on your martial arts experience and ability to comprehend and demonstrate the necessary requirements to advance in rank.

The weapons to be learned from white to black belt in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ are the jang bong (long staff), and the tahn bong (short stick).

Once you have attained the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ you may enroll in the 2nd Degree Black Belt Program. You may continue through the ranks and even enter the Master Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ Program.


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How Can I Enroll In The
Black Belt Program?


To be admitted to the program you must hold the rank of at least 1st Degree Black Belt in a Martial Art issued by an organization recognized by the Institute. To enroll in the program and begin earning your Black Belt in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™, submit the Weapons (1st Degree Black Belt Program) Application For Admission and any other necessary materials as stated on the application.

Once you have been accepted into the program you shall receive a your KMAF Certificate of Rank, KMAF Rank and Identification Card, 5 Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ DVD videos (3 Long Staff videos: D-245, D-138, and D-139, plus 2 Short Stick videos: D-252 and D-253), featuring promotion requirements from White Belt to Black Belt, and a Program Guide outlining the requirements you are to perform for each rank in order for you to reach the 1st degree black belt level in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™.

The weapons to be learned from white to black belt in Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ are the jang bong (long staff), and the tahn bong (short stick).



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How Can I Become A
Han Kuk Mu Ki Do Head Instructor?

To become a certifiedHan Kuk Mu Ki Do™ Head Instructor submit the following:

  1. KMAF Head Instructor Application and Fee.
  2. KMAF School Membership Application and Fee.
  3. KMAF Individual Application For Membership and Fee (for yourself).
  4. KMAF Individual Application For Membership and Fee (for each student).
  5. Photocopy of your current Han Kuk Mu Ki Do Certificate of Rank.
Submit Fees in the form of a Money Order or Bank Draft,
in U.S. Currency, made payable to ITA Institute.

Once you are accepted and your applications processed, you shall receive the following: your KMAF Certificate of Rank, your Rank and Identification Card (unless you are already a KMAF registered member), your Head Instructor Certificate, your School Membership Certificate, a Certificate of Rank and a Rank and Identification Card for each of your students, A Schedule of KMAF Fees, and Applications for Promotion, for when you test your students.


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Must I Own A Building
To Be An Instructor?

No. In order to register your School or Club and become an KMAF Head Instructor, you must have at least 5 students (not including yourself). You do not have to have a "full-time" commercial school.

Many instructors teach at community centers, YMCA's, church halls, sports centers, and even in their homes or backyards. It is not as important "where" you teach, as it is the "quality" of "what" you teach. The true spirit of the Korean martial arts can be taught in one's backyard or home with only a few students, or in a full-time commercial school with hundreds of students. All you need is the ability and willingness to share your knowledge of these Arts with others.


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How Will I Know What To Teach?

To help insure Han Kuk Mu Ki Do™ practitioners are learning correct History, Terminology, Vital Points, Dojang Class Etiquette, and other necessary information, Grandmaster Benko has created and extensive and ever-growing collection of Korean Weapons DVD Videos which may be found here in our on-line catalog.

To further help insure you are learning and/or teaching Han Kuk Mu Ki Do properly, Grandmaster Benko will continue to publish new books and video presentations on this subject matter. One of Dr. Benko's newest books, Ji Pang E Sul: Korean Cane Techniques, is now available.


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