Taekwondo rank is represented by different colored belts practitioners wear beginning with white belts, beginner students, going all the way up to black belt, advanced students. The concept of color belts stem from the idea that the color white represents purity or birth while the color black represents maturity and mastery. As students progresses through the Taekwondo, the belts get darker until obtaining a black belt that represents maturity and a collection of all the knowledge gained throughout the student’s journey. However, learning or mastery does not end with a black belt; on the contrary, the black belt is when a student further refines techniques, gains a deeper understanding of Taekwondo philosophy, shares the knowledge obtained through years of training with others by teaching and strives to reach for higher mental, physical, and spiritual development.
The belt system used in Taekwondo Wellness is below. Click on the color belts for more information about each belt such as promotion test requirements.
- White Belt: White belt represents purity and the beginning of knowledge and the development of basic skills. Man is as a seed hidden beneath the winter’s snow.
- Yellow Belt: Yellow belt represents the warmth of the winter’s sun that melts the winter’s snow and allows the seed to germinate. This is the birth of conscious and purposeful action.
- Orange Belt: Orange belt also represents the warmth of the winter’s sun that melts the winter’s snow and allows the seed to germinate. This is the birth of conscious and purposeful action.
- Green Belt: Green belt represents the color of a sprout and the spring when growth and activity abound. This is continued growth of knowledge.
- Blue Belt: Blue belt represents the color of youth, ambition and rapid growth. The seedling is now reaching for the blue sky.
- Purple Belt: Purple belt also represents the color of youth, ambition, and rapid growth. The seedling is now reaching for the blue sky.
- Brown Belt: Brown belt represents the earth in which the roots are developing to nourish the plant. The roots of Taegeuk have formed and the growth of knowledge and skills continues.
- Red Belt: Red belt represents the seedling reaching maturity. Soon it will be harvested.
- Red High (Deputy Black) Belt: Deputy black belt represents the twilight of fall’s sun and the completeness of harvest.
- Black Belt: Black belt represents mastery and maturity. No color added to this color can change or improve it. This completes a cycle that is now begun again as new knowledge and skills continue in a new cycle.
- Black Belt Dans: Learn more about the Dan promotion test requirements for different degrees of black belts and watch Dan poomsae.