Rank Review & Certification


Certification for the First Level Black Belt

  1. After completing the general requirements listed in the IWSD Association Member Handbook, member must submit a Rank Review Application with their Guiding Instructor's recommendation and submit it to the IWSD Association Administrator.
  2. Certification for the First Level Black Belt rank may be given with the recommendation of an IWSD Association Master Level instructor. The IWSD Association Headquarters may require further testing before awarding rank.
  3. A First Level Black Belt holder is qualified as an assistant instructor in the IWSD Association.

Certification for the Second Level Black Belt

  1. After completing the general requirements listed in the IWSD Association Member Handbook, member must submit a Rank Review Application with their Guiding Instructor's recommendation and submit it to the IWSD Association Administrator.
  2. Certification for the Second Level Black Belt must be approved by at least two Master Level 1 instructors, or by one Master Level 2 or higher instructor. The IWSD Association Headquarters may require further testing before awarding rank.
  3. A Second Level Black Belt holder is qualified as an instructor in the IWSD Association.

Certification for the Third Level Black Belt

  1. After completing the general requirements listed in the IWSD Association Member Handbook, member must submit a Rank Review Application with their Guiding Instructor's recommendation and submit it to the IWSD Association Administrator.
  2. Certification for the Third Level Black Belt rank must be approved by at least three Master level 1 instructors, or two Master Level 2 instructors, or one Master Level 3 or higher instructor. The IWSD Association Headquarters may require further testing before awarding rank.

Certification for Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Level Black Belts

Master Level Ranks

  1. After completing the general requirements listed in the IWSD Association Member Handbook, member must submit a Rank Review Application and submit it to the IWSD Association Administrator.
  2. As a sign of promoting Wushu Sanshou Dao, Master Level Black Belt rank holders are requested to host one IWSD Association sanctioned workshop per year free of charge to members.
  3. Certification for Master Level ranks must be approved by the IWSD Association Headquarters or the IWSD Chairman.

Honorary Eighth and Ninth Level Black Belts

Highest Ranks

  1. For an individual to receive the Honorary Eighth and Ninth Level Black Belt rank, a recommendation must be approved by the majority of the IWSD Association Guiding Council.
  2. The IWSD Association Guiding Council is made up of Master Level instructors. It's purpose is to function as arbitrators and guiding teachers for the IWSD Association community.