TKA instruction is a 9 Gup, (10 including white belt), in Tang Soo Do. Each Gup, or level, has a strict set of minimum technical requirements and physical fitness standards which the student must meet before promotion to the next level is granted. A student can expect to spend three to six months at Gup depending on the individuals capabilities and dedication.
Students are promoted by a promotion board consisting of at least one Master level black belt and at least two other black belts above 2nd Dan level. The promotion board can, and generally does, add additional requirements they deem necessary.