Example of Letter of Intent for 2nd DAN

After I submitted my letter of intent to the masters for my upcoming 2nd DAN test, they asked me to post it as an example for others. I believe the letter needs to be tailored for each personal individual journey, but I hope the format is useful for others.



April 30, 2017

Mercer Island Martial Arts
Grand Master Strongheart
Master Krista Wells

Grand Master,

I would like to officially declaring my intent to progress in my training to second DAN, with the rank of Kyo Sa Nim.

I have included a summary of key milestones/events since my 1st evaluation for 2nd DAN and my plan for completing the remaining requirements by May 20, 2017.

  • May 4, 2016 - First 2nd DAN Evaluation Test
  • May 16, 2016 through today - Regularly attend class (minimum of three a week), plus Thursday night black belt class.
  • January 10, 2017 through today - Assisting during Tuesday night teenager class
  • January 26, 2017 - Attended Short Sword Training Class
  • March 1, 2017 - Completed Leadership Project 
    • Remote Base Project for Seattle chapter of Red Cross
    • Managed the purchase and installation of system, including overseeing three work parties (~5 people each), coordinating antenna installation with professional tower company and installation of radios at chapter.
    • Complete blog post of activities for website, April 30, 2017.
  • April 30, 2017 - Complete four essays and post on website
  • May 20, 2017 - Complete final evaluation
    • Break: one power break of cement paver stone
    • Preform all requested forms, including Koryo.
    • Demonstrate ten different hapkido/judos techniques on partner
    • Present Shinai form (either live demo or more formal form)

I look forward to your input on any additional items required.

Kenneth Richards

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