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Wyoming Black Belt Class is February 4 at Martin's Casper Taekwon-Do. This class is for all Black and Red Belts.
If you have a uniform that you're no longer using, or have outgrown, please consider donating it back to the club. We can pass that uniform on to another student.
Also any sparring gear in good shape!
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Word to the Wise

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them. Every day begin the task anew."
- St. Francis de Sales


Rank in Taekwon-Do is a reflection of knowledge gained, skills acquired, and time spent training. All these things are manifested in your belt. It is the symbol of your progress in Taekwon-Do. Take very good care of it. It is considered disrepectful to allow your belt to touch the floor, or to walk up and touch someone else's belt. If you wish to examine someone's belt, ask politely and wait for permission. Do not wash your belt - your belt embodies the knowledge you have gained, and you don't want to wash that knowledge away.

The color belt system has 10 grades or gups:

10th gup white belt
9th gup white belt with a yellow stripe
8th gup yellow belt
7th gup yellow belt with a green stripe
6th gup green belt
5th gup green belt with a blue stripe
4th gup blue belt
3rd gup blue belt with a red stripe
2nd gup red belt
1st gup red belt with a black stripe

Belts are wrapped once around the waist to symbolize:
Pursue one goal.
Serve one master with unshakable loyalty.
Gain a victory in one blow.

How 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 help.

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 right.

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 of Taekwon-Do.
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 away.
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 fear.

There are nine Degrees (Dans) of Black Belt

1st - 3rd Dan
Novice ...... Ass't. Instructor Boo Sa-Bum
4th - 6th Dan
Expert ...... Instructor Sa-Bum
7th - 8th Dan
Master ..... Master Instructor Sa-Hyung
9th Dan
Grandmaster   Sa-Sung

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