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Taekwondo Belt Colors


Learn the significance of each belt color.

 White Belt   represents purity. White signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo. It represents a clean slate, and the beginning of a journey in Taekwondo.

 Yellow Belt   signifies the first beam of sunlight which shines upon the seed giving it new strength with the beginning of new life. A yellow belt student is given his/her first ray of knowledge, opening his mind, from an instructor.

 Green 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.

 Blue Belt   represents the sky and continued upward attainment. Blue signifies the heavens, toward which the plant develops into a towering tree as the Taekwondo training progresses.

 Red Belt   is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. Just as stoplights, fire equipment and other highly visible items are painted in red, red in Taekwondo training should start showing the techniques and advanced skills which appeal to yourself and others.

 Black Belt   signifies the darkness beyond the Sun, void. A black belt seeks new knowledge of the Art. As he/she begins to teach others, he/she begins planting new seeds, his/her students, many of which will take root deep into the Art, blossom and grow through the ranks in a never-ending process of self-growth, knowledge, and enlightenment. The black belt phase must be approached as a new beginning. One should start again with a new beginning as Taekwondo is a never ending journey.


There are many ways to tie a belt for Taekwondo. The video to your right is the way Master Ferkile teaches in his program, using what are called double wrap belts. These are belts that wrap 2 times around your waist before getting tied in the front.

Video credit: Project MARTiAL YOU
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