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Rank and Structure
The IWSD Association includes both non-rank and ranked members. The non-rank members include Distinguished Members and Associate Members. The Distinguished Members are people who are supporting and promoting the IWSD Association with their time and energy, and/or monetary contribution. Associate Members consist of new members that are not yet ranked, and members that only wish to study selected components of the six major components outlined in the IWSD Association training.
Wushu Sanshou Dao ranking is very demanding. To attain each level of black belt, the practitioners must go through rigorous training and testing. Only the well-rounded practitioners with exceptional knowledge and skills are granted black belt status. There are nine black belt levels in the IWSD Association. The prerequisite for attaining the First Level Black Belt rank is a satisfactory mastery of the six major components outlined in the IWSD Association training. Advancement in rank beyond the First Level requires both improved skill in each of the six components, as well as, the indication of the ability to integrate them into free sparring. The general requirements for each level of Wushu Sanshou Dao are listed on the following pages.