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Grades

Students are examined throughout their training to progress through grades.(See pdf on grading requirements) Progress through grade is signified by coloured belts:

  • 10th kup - plain white belt
  • 9th kup - white belt yellow stripe
  • 8th kup - plain yellow belt
  • 7th kup - yellow belt green stripe
  • 6th kup - plain green belt
  • 5th kup - green belt blue stripe
  • 4th kup - plain blue belt
  • 3rd kup - blue belt red stripe
  • 2nd kup - plain red belt
  • 1st kup - red belt black stripe
  • 1st dan - plain belt black

 

The colours of the belts have the following significance:

  • White: Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Tae Kwon Do.
  • Yellow: Signifies earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as Tae Kwon Do foundation is being laid.
  • Green: Signifies the plants growth as Tae Kwon Do skills develop.
  • Blue: Signifies the heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training progresses.
  • Red: Signifies danger, cautioning the opponent to stay away and the student to exercise control.
  • Black: Is opposite to white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Tae Kwon Do. It also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.