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Overview

Our belt system is the original belt system designed by General Choi Hong Hi – the founder of taekwondo. We don't create phony extra levels to extract additional test fees from students like some schools do.

Beginners start at 10th Gup (white belt) and proceed through the belts in the following order: white, yellow, green, blue, red, and black.

Between every full belt color is a single stripe in the color of the next belt. Therefore, there are exactly 10 levels (called "gups") in order to reach first Dan (degree) black belt.

The belt colors
  • White signifies emptiness, with no knowledge of taekwondo.
  • Yellow represents the earth and a seed beginning to grow.
  • Green represents the seedling growing stronger, like a tree.
  • Blue represents the sky, where the tree is reaching.
  • Red represents the sun.
  • Black represents the universe, completeness.

(There are other meanings given to the belt colors as well, depending on the school.)

Progress

It takes roughly four years of full time training to reach black belt.

Students that achieve the rank of 1st Dan black belt will be awarded a certificate from the school and will be eligible to become paid instructors. Credentials are awarded at each full degree of black belt.