traditional belt system that denotes the student's progression from Novice
Student to Senior Student (Black Belt). The belt system helps the student
set short-term achievable goals as the student begins their journey on the
path of Tae Kwon Do, Kali, Hapkido, Jiu Jitsu or other Martial arts
at our school. (Although each style has different time in grade
arts belt system
The color white
signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous
knowledge of Tae Kwon Do.
The color yellow
signifies the earth. The beginning student begins to create a firm
foundation in Tae Kwon Do technique, just as a seed begins to expand its
root system deep in the earth as it begins to grow
Orange Belt –
The color orange signifies the changes of Autumn, as the student's mind and
body begin to develop and grow as a result of the new Tae Kwon Do
Green Belt –
The color green represents growth, like that of the green plant as it
sprouts out of the ground. The student has built a firm foundation and now
begins to grow in the art of Tae Kwon Do.
Blue Belt –
The color blue represents the sky. Reminding the student to reach for
the heavens and continue their Tae Kwon Do journey.
Purple Belt –
The color purple represents the changing sky of dawn, as once again the
student undergoes a new change and prepares for the transition to advanced
– The color brown represents the ripening or maturing process as that of the
advanced Tae Kwon Do student whose techniques are beginning to mature.
Red Belt –
The color of blood signifies danger and is a warning to the student to
temper her newly found skills and techniques with control and wisdom.
Black – The
opposite of white signifies maturity and dignity, as that of a senior
student of Tae Kwon Do who has learned the basic curriculum of Tae Kwon Do
and is ready to become a true student of Tae Kwon Do.
A Brief History of the Martial Arts
brief history of gup/kyu/dan (kyu is the Japanese equivalent of gup) ranking
systems and belts, follows:
Before Jigoro Kano invented Judo,
there was no kyu/dan ranking system. Kano invented it when he awarded "shodan"
to two of his senior students (Saito and Tomita) in 1883. Even then, there
was no external differentiation between yudansha (dan ranks) and mudansha
(those who hadn't yet attained dan ranking). Kano apparently began the
custom of having his yudansha wear black obis in 1886. These obis weren't
the belts karateka and judoka wear today - Kano hadn't invented the judogi
(uniform) yet, and his students were still practicing in kimono. They were
the wide obi still worn with formal kimono. In 1907, Kano introduced the
modern gi and its modern obi, but he still only used white and black.
Karateka in Okinawa didn't use any sort of special uniform at all in the old
days. The kyu/dan ranking system, and the modern karategi (modified judogi)
were first adopted by Funakoshi in an effort to encourage karate's
acceptance by the Japanese. He awarded the first "shodan" ranks given in
karate to Tokuda, Otsuka, Akiba, Shimizu, Hirose, Gima, and Kasuya on April
10, 1924. The adoption of the kyu/dan system and the adoption of a standard
uniform based on the judogi were 2 of the 4 conditions which the Dai-Nippon
Butokukai required before recognizing karate as a "real" martial art. If you
look at photographs of Okinawan karateka training in the early part of this
century, you'll see that they were training in their everyday clothes, or in
Most other arts that have ranking/belt color systems adopted them from the
Korean Belt Tying
TIME IN GRADE AND MAKE OUR STUDENTS truly EARN THEIR BELTS BASED ON
TOTAL HOURS TRAINING NOT BECAUSE OF A DATE ON THE CALENDaR.