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Kicking off

A hapkido practitioner demonstrates a flying kick at a black belt <em>dan</em> competition at Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
A hapkido practitioner demonstrates a flying kick at a black belt <em>dan</em> competition at Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Sreng Meng Srun

Kicking off

A hapkido practitioner demonstrates a flying kick at a black belt dan competition organised by the Khmer Hapkido Federation at Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

Dan, the Chinese character of which literally translates as “step” or “stage” in Japanese, is used in many Japanese and Korean martial arts to show the practitioner’s “rank” or grade of skill level.

Dan can be earned in competition or through grading examination.

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