Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Belt Colors of Taekwondo

The Belt Colors Of Taekwondo

The belts and their colors that are used with Taekwondo aren't just a random assortment of colors that are used to separate the ranks in the martial art.  In Taekwondo, each belt color has a meaning that symbolizes advancement and increasing knowledge.

The colors of the belts found in Taekwondo vary, as they represent the advancement of rank, as well as the growth of the student.  It can take a long time for students to move up the ranks, all depending on their knowledge and how quite they adapt to the techniques and forms of the art.

Below, are the colors and belts of Taekwondo, along with their meaning.

White belt
A white belt is the symbol of birth and purity, or the beginning for the martial artist.  Students that wear white belts are just starting out, searching for the knowledge to continue Taekwondo.

Yellow belt
A yellow belt is the first ray of light that shines on the student, giving them new strength to the Taekwondo martial art.  The meaning of the yellow belt is Heaven or Keon. Students that have yellow belts have taken a great step in learning, and have opened their mind to new techniques.

Orange belt
The meaning of orange belt is Joyfulness or Tae. When you have earned your orange belt, you are nearing the end of the very beginner stage of Taekwondo moving into an intermediate stage.

Green belt
A green belt is the symbol of growth, or a seed as it sprouts from the ground and begins to grow into a plant.  The meaning of green belt is Fire or Rin. Students with green belts are continuing along the path of Taekwondo, learning to develop further and redefine every technique they have been taught. At this point, the green belt martial artists have been studying for approximately one year and are becoming leaders in their dojo or gym.

Purple belt
The meaning of purple belt is Thunder or Jin. Now that the martial artist is solid in their basics, different aspects of Taekwondo, such as sparring are now introduced.

Light Blue belt
A blue belt represents a blue sky, with the plant continuing to grow upwards, heading for the sky.  Students with blue belts continue to move higher in ranks, as the plant continues to grow taller.  The meaning of light blue belt is Wind or Seon. Students at this stage will also be given additional knowledge of Taekwondo so that their mind and body can continue to grow and develop.

Dark Blue belt
The meaning of Dark Blue belt is Water or Gam.  Water is a necessity to life, but it can also be very destructive. We must respect water. As the martial artist moves up in ranking, they are respected by the martial artists below them.

Brown belt
The meaning of Brown belt is Mountain or Gam.  The journey to achieving a black belt is sometimes an uphill challenge. Martial Artists at this point are defining their skills in preparation to becoming a black belt.

Red belt
The red belt is the heat of the sun, with the plant continuing the path upwards toward the sun.  Students that possess red belts are higher in rank, as they have acquired a lot of the knowledge in the art of Taekwondo.  Red belts also tell the students to be cautious, as they gain more knowledge and their physical techniques increase.  The meaning of red belt is Earth or Gon.

Deputy belt
A Deputy belt is a red and black belt. It symbolizes Creativity. During this belt rank, students train and hone their skills to become a black belt shortly. A black belt is a master of the basics, and it is during this time that those basics, while already learned, are reviewed and mastered.

Black belt
A black belt is the best of the best.  It is called Koryo and the Koryo poomsae is learned. It symbolizes the darkness that is out there beyond the light of the sun.  Once the student is given a black belt and begins to train other students, he will teach all that has been taught to him.  Black belts recognize the best students, as they continue to teach others the art of Taekwondo, and continue the never ending cycle of training.

For a martial artist progressing through the ranks, each belt is a big accomplishment. Each belt color rank has it's own challenges and difficulties for each martial artist. As your martial artist promotes to each belt rank color, celebrate their achievement with a unique martial arts gift, card or token of appreciation for what they have done. A complete collection of customizable martial arts gifts, congratulations cards, t-shirts, hoodies, ornaments,tote bags, keychains and more are available at Lora Severson Photography. All belt rank colors are represented. Lora Severson is the mom in a Taekwondo black belt family and will be earning her 2nd degree black belt very soon.

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