WTF Belt System

White Belt:

The lack of color signifies purity and innocence. The novice has no knowledge of tae kwon do.

Yellow Belt:

This belt signifies the first beam of sunlight, which shines upon the seed giving it new life. A yellow belt – Taegeuk IL Jang – is given to a student to signify his/her first ray of knowledge, the opening of his/her mind, by the instructor.

Orange Belt:

Taegeuk Yi Jang represents tae. Tae signifies internal firmness and external softness. An example of Tae is speak softly but carry a big stick. Indomitable spirit, not forcefulness, lies within each of us.

Green Belt:

This belt signifies the growth of the seed as it sprouts from the earth and reaches toward the sun and begins to grow into a plant. A green belt student learns to further develop and refine his/her techniques. Taeguk Sam Jang concerns actions applying the principle of Ri. This symbol means fire and the sun. Burning fire gives men light, warmth, enthusiasm and hope. Taegeuk Sam Jang actions, accordingly, should be performed with variety and with passion.

Purple Belt:

Taegeuk Sah Jang is a series of actions applying the principle of Jin. Jin symbolizes thunder. Thunder and lightening are the objects of fear and trembling. This principle suggests to us that we should act calmly and bravely even in the face of danger and fear then the blue sky and bright sunlight will appear again.

Blue Belt:

Taeguek Oh Jang is a series of actions applying the Seon principles of Palgwe. This symbolizes wind. There are terrible winds such as typhoons, hurricanes, and tornados. The nature of the wind is gentle. Spring breezes rustle the branches and leaves of the weeping willow. The wind symbolizes a bumble state of mind. It expresses repetitive good-natured actions. Actions proceed sometimes gently and monotonously as breeze but sometimes as forcefully as a gale. A blue belt student moves up higher in rank just as a plant grows taller. The light feeds the plant so it can continue to grow. The student is fed additional knowledge of the Art in order for their body and mind to continue to grow and develop.

Brown Belt:

The color of the ground where growing things are rooted firmly. Stability of physical and mental power is apparent.

Red / Bodan Belt:

The color of blood, the essential life force. Maturity, honor and respect are exhibited as character begins to perfect.

Black Belt:

Black is the combination of all color. The final stage where technique is mastered within the humble and serene beauty of the plant.

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