What is Hankimuye



The curriculum of the World Hankimuye Federation concentrates on teaching students the principles and concepts of self defence. Not the amount of techniques a student knows is what is important, but his understanding of the core principles and the ability to apply these principles in combat.

Official requirements

The requirements for black belt grades up to 4th dan can be downloaded in pdf-format.


black belt curriculum

Our federation issues grades from first until ninth dan (black belts). Member schools are responsible for the geup examinations (coloured belts).
Tests for first until fourth dan can be done in front of panel consisting of at least two international instructors or one international instructor with two national instructors. All tests for fifth dan and higher are done in front of the federation’s board of international instructors.

Time in grade
Between each dan-grade a set minimum time should pass before one can test for the next level.

  • 1st – 2nd dan: two years
  • 2nd – 3rd dan: three years
  • 3rd – 4th dan: four years
  • 4th – 5th dan: five years
  • every test from 6th till 9th dan: five years

Instructor levels

Instructor levels

Assistants (from 3rd geup, red belt)

An assistant typically helps a trainer or instructor run the class. The assistant supports the teacher and can help individual student. Often an assistant is also the person on whom the teacher or instructor demonstrates the techniques. After the assistant has gained some experience he/she might be asked to take over parts of the class. The assistant might be asked to take care of the warming-up for example.

Youth Trainer (from 1st dan)

A Youth Trainer is someone who teaches the classes for color belts to kids up to the age of 15. You can become a Youth Trainer when you have 1st degree. You should at least have been an assistant for two years

Trainer (from 2nd dan)

A Trainer is someone who teaches the classes for color belts. You can become a Trainer when you have 2nd degree. You should at least have been an assistant for two years or a trainer for one year.

Instructor (from 4th dan)

An Instructor can run his own school and will teach student to all levels. An Instructor is someone with a 4th dan or higher. He should have been a Trainer for at least three years, teaching classes regularly.

National instructor (from 5th dan)

A National Instructor is someone who teaches seminars at a national level and/or is someone who coaches Instructors to open their own schools. A National Instructor is someone with a 5th dan or higher. He should have been an Instructor for at least four years, teaching classes regularly.

International instructor (from 6th dan)

An International Instructor is someone who teaches seminars at an international level and/or is someone who coaches interested parties in setting up an organization in other countries. An International Instructor is someone with a 6th dan or higher. He should have been a National Instructor for at least four years, teaching classes and seminars regularly.


If you are interested in becoming a teacher with our federation, contact info@hankimuye.gr and we will help you meet the requirements. Trainers and Instructors receive an official certificate.


Mallorca, Spain
Markopoulo, Athens

Hankimuye Athens 2022

  • Markopoulo, Athens
  • July 8, 2019

Mallorca Hankimuye 2022

  • Mallorca, Spain
  • July 8, 2019


Organi_ sation


Ko Baek-yong

Ko Baek-yong (고백용, 9th dan) was the senior student of Myung Jae-nam, the founder of Hankido. Master Ko Baek-yong was the founder of Sangmukwan and the World Hankimuye Federation. After his teacher passed away in 1999 master Ko Baek-yong established the Sangmukwan International H.K.D. Center. Students were able to stay at the center for longer periods of time to learn martial arts. Later master Ko Baek-yong founded the World Hankimuye Federation. In 2017 master Ko Baek-yong passed away, our federation however continues to teach the legacy he left behind.

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Alkiviadis Konstantopoulos

Alkiviadis is a student of the late master Michaelis Rozakis and Alkiviadis also studied under master Ko Baek-yong. When master Ko Sehwan visited Europe in October of 2022 Alkiviadis joined the seminars and reconnected with the World Hankimuye Federation.

Ko Se-hwan

Master Ko Se-hwan (고세환, 6th dan) is master Ko Baek-yong’s second son. Master Ko Se-hwan practically grew up with martial arts and learned his first steps in his father’s gym. After he served in the army, master Ko Se-hwan started training with his father even more regularly. In the following years he accompanied his father on overseas trip and in later years started teaching internationally on his own as well.

Klaas Barends

Klaas Barends (바렌츠 클라스, 6th dan) became a student of master Ko Baek-yong in 2004. Klaas studies hankido in the Netherlands with Leon de Heus. In 2002, while visiting Korea for the 4th time, he got the idea to dedicate one year to full-time hankido study in Korea. In 2004 he moved to Korea and stayed with master Ko Baek-yong, not one but two years.

Leon de Heus

Master Leon de Heus (레이온 더 후스, 8th dan) is master Ko Baek-yong foremost student. In 1989 master Ko Baek-yong and Leon met when master Ko accompanied Myung Jae-nam kuksanim to a seminar in the Netherlands. It was Leon’s father, Tijmen de Heus, who told master Ko Baek-yong that his son dreamed of training in Korea, and because master Ko Baek-yong spoke English if it would be possible to visit his gym. In the summer of 1991 Leon traveled to Korea for the first time. Six weeks he spent with master Ko Baek-yong. It was the start of a deep relationship.