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.