The Path to Chief Mastership

In Songahm Taekwondo, instructors who achieve the rank of 6th degree black belt are eligible to earn the title of Master Instructor. This process typically takes one year and requires reading, writing, physical training and mental preparation. Senior Master Jordan Schreiber completed the mastership training process in 2008 and shared his experience with his students.

In 2012, Master Schreiber journeyed with Grandmaster In Ho Lee and other ATA seniors to Korea, where he tested successfully for the rank of 7th degree black belt. His instructor, Chief Master Dan Thor, presented him with his rank in a ceremony later that year. In 2014, Master Schreiber was inducted as a Senior Master. Learn more about his preparation for senior mastership here.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Senior Master Schreiber tested for 8th degree black belt. His first attempt was September 14, 2020. In addition to performing the required material (the 7th degree black belt form, sparring, board breaks), Senior Master Schreiber chose to demonstrate all of the black belt forms (a total of over 600 techniques), as well as several weapons applications. Because he needed more than three attempts for one of his board breaks (a jump 360-degree side kick), he did not earn the promotion to 8th degree.

On January 16, 2021, Senior Master Schreiber tested again. This time, in addition to the required material, he demonstrated 11 weapon forms. And this time, he was successful.

Senior Master Schreiber is now engaged once again in the mastership training process. It will conclude with a fast and a ceremony during the Fall Nationals event in Little Rock, AR, in October 2021, where he will be inducted as a chief master.

Sept. 2020 Testing

Jan. 2021 Testing

Highlights from Both

Sept. 2020 Testing

Jan. 2021 Testing

Highlights from Both