We would like to remind members that conversion from poom to dan is not automatic. Poom belt holders must apply for dan conversion through their respective club coaches.

Coaches are to monitor the applicants to ensure they have the standard of a dan holder before endorsing their applications.

It can be assumed that poom belt holders who have stopped training for an extended period do not have the standard. For example, a 17-year poom belt holder cannot be still good if he has not been training for more than six months. Therefore, coaches must insist that they train for a period before recommending them for the conversion.

All poom belter holders are advised to apply for dan conversion on reaching the age of 16. If you apply later, you will be at a disadvantage because the time frame for your next dan will start from the date of issue of the dan certificates.