are wrapped once around the waist to symbolize:
Pursue one goal.
Serve one master with unshakable loyalty.
Gain a victory in one blow.
to tie your belt: Your
belt should be tied in a square knot, right end over the left
and under, then left over right and under. The ends should be
even. If you're not sure how, respectfully ask an upper belt for
Here's how to tie your belt
Place the center of your belt
across the middle of your back. |
In front, cross the right end
over the left.
Wrap the top end under and
pull it through.
Pull it snug.
Check ends and make sure they
are even. |
Cross the left end over the
Wrap the top end under, |
and pull it through. |
Meaning of the belt colors
The colors chosen are full of tradition.
The colors of Black, Red and Blue denoted the various levels of
hierarchy during the Koguryo and Silla Dynasties in ancient Korea.
The main purpose of the belt in Taekwon-Do is to represent the
philosophical significance of the Taekwon-Do practitioner.
White - Signifies
innocence, as that of a beginning student with no previous knowledge
Yellow - Signifies the Earth
from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do foundation
is being laid.
Green - Signifies the plant's growth
as the Taekwon-Do skill begins to develop.
Blue - Signifies the Heaven,
towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training
in Taekwon-Do progresses.
Red - Signifies danger, cautioning
the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay
Black - Opposite of white, therefore
signifying the student's maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do.
It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and
There are nine Degrees (Dans) of
1st - 3rd Dan
4th - 6th Dan
7th - 8th Dan