Showing respect toward Master’s and Instructor’s is very important in Kuk Sool. It is especially important to address the different ranking masters by their correct title as there is a huge difference between, for example, a fifth degree master and a ninth degree master.
If you do not know the rank of someone, don’t be afraid to ask however if you are unable to, use “Sir” or “Ma’am”.
For reference, here are the rank titles from black belt candidate upward:
|Brown-Black Belt||Dahn Bo Nim||Black Belt Candidate|
|First Degree Black Belt||Jo Kyo Nim||Instructor in Training|
|Second Degree Black Belt||Kyo Sa Nim||Assistant Instructor|
|Third Degree Black Belt||Pu Sa Bum Nim||Deputy Instructor|
|Fourth Degree Black Belt||Sa Bum Nim||Instructor|
|Fifth Degree Master||Pyung Kwahn Jahng Nim||Master|
|Sixth Degree Master||Joo Im Kwahn Jahng Nim||Head Master|
|Seventh Degree Master||Ji Do Kwahn Jahng Nim||Senior Master|
|Eighth Degree Master||Suhn Im Kwahn Jahng Nim||Executive Master|
|Ninth Degree Master||Su Suhk Kwahn Jahng Nim||Senior Executive Master|
|Tenth Degree Master||Chong Kwahn Jahng Nim||International Chiefmaster|
|Grand Master||Kuk Sa Nim||National Teacher, a title bestowed by the Korean Government.|