Belt Meanings

The belt meanings may vary slightly between styles or do-jangs.

ITF and WTF Belt Meanings:

White : Signifies innocence. No previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do, a beginner student that is innocent like a newborn baby when it comes to Taekwon-Do or a blank page yet to be filled.

Yellow : Represents the earth where the seed of Taekwon-Do is planted as the foundation of Taekwon-Do is beginning.

Green : Represents the green plants that grow from the earth, just as the practioners grows in his or her knowledge and skill in Taekwon-Do.

Blue : Signifies the sky and the heavens, towards which the tree grows as Taekwon-Do training progresses.

Red : Signifies danger, because most red belts have good technique and no control, and therefore are dangerous to others and sometimes to themselves. The red belt should be cautious and try to have self-control.

Black : The opposite of white, therefore signifying a maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.

ATA/Songham Belt Meanings:

White: Pure and without knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must now be planted and nourished to develop strong roots.

Orange: The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning’s dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power.

Yellow: The seed is beginning to see the sunlight.

Camo: The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must now fight its way upwards.

Green: The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength.

Purple: Coming to the mountain. The tree is mid-growth and now the path becomes steep.

Blue: The tree reaches for the sky towards new heights.

Brown: The tree is firmly rooted in the earth.

Red: The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished.

Red-Black: The dawn of a new day. The sun breaks through the darkness.

1st Degree: The tree reached maturity and has overcome the darkness. It must now begin to ‘plant seeds for the future.’

2nd Degree: With your noble character, you will develop a new permanence in your life.

3rd Degree: Peace of mind & tranquility.

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