I.T.F. plaque no. 5238
System of Rank - Belt Colours
SIGNIFICANCE OF BELT COLOURS
There are six belts: white, yellow, green, blue, red and black. 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 Taekwon-Do.
The definition of the belts are as follows :
Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwon-Do is being laid.
Signifies the plant's growth as Taekwon-Do skills begin to develop.
Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.
Signifies Danger, cautioning the the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do, also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.
Students must grade through the following belts in the following order:
10th Kup - White belt given to the beginner
9th Kup - White belt yellow tags
8th Kup - Yellow belt
7th Kup - Yellow belt green tags
6th Kup - Green belt
5th Kup - Green belt blue tags
4th Kup - Blue belt
3rd Kup - Blue belt red tags
2nd Kup - Red belt
1st Kup - Red belt black tags
1st Degree/Dan - Black Belt