Belts

beltimageThere are nine levels (gups) of colored belts, as well as nine degrees (dans) of black belts. White is given to beginners and black is given to students who have progressed through the grades and have a solid foundation for learning the techniques of Taekwondo. Each level of expertise (e.g. belt) contains a color.

White
Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo.

Yellow

Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwondo is being laid.

Yellow Orange
Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwondo is being laid.

Orange
Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwondo is being laid.

Green
Signifies the plant’s growth as Taekwondo skills begin to develop.

Purple
Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses.

Blue
Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses.

Brown
Signifies Danger, cautioning the the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.

Red
Signifies Danger, cautioning the the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.

Black
Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo. Also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.