The concept of belts and rank is probably one that most people associate with Taekwondo and martial arts in general, even if they only have a passing interest in the subject.
In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member's proven level of competence and (just as importantly) the progression of colours reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect.
It is also worth noting that achieving a belt is not just a matter of "spending enough time" in a previous belt. In order to achieve their next rank, a student must demonstrate their proficiency in their current belt's techniques, to include Basic Moves, Sparring and Forms.


white_belt White Belt
"Pure and without the knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must be planted and nourished to develop strong roots. The student has no knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo and begins with a clean (pure) slate. Purity is often signified by the colour white.

orange_belt Orange Belt
"The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning's dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power."
The beginner student sees the beauty of the art of Taekwondo but has not yet experienced the power of the technique.Orange is found among the many colours of the sunrise

yellow_belt Yellow Belt
"The seed is beginning to see the sunlight."The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo.The sun appears to be yellow.

Camouflage (Camo) Belt
"The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must now fight its way upward. The student begins to realize his/her place in the world's largest martial art. The student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank from Camouflage (greens) is used to hide among the trees in the forest.

green_belts Green Belt
"The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength."
The student's technique is developing power. The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison.As the pine tree develops, it sprouts green pine needles.

purple_belt Purple Belt
"Coming to the mountain. The tree is in the mid-growth and now the path becomes steep”. The student has crossed over into a higher level of Songahm Taekwondo. The techniques, Poom-Sae (forms), and level of gyeo-roo-gi (sparring) becomes more difficult, creating a "mountain" that must be overcome.Mountains are often depicted as being purple.

blue_belt Blue Belt
"The tree reaches for the sky toward new heights."
Having passed the mid-way point, the student focuses his/her energy upward toward black belt.The sky appears as blue.

brown_belt Brown Belt
“The tree is firmly rooted in the earth”. At this point, the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in Taekwondo. Brown is known as an earthy colour, such as dirt.

red_belt Red Belt
"The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished."The first day (the period from white belt to red belt) of growth is coming to an end. The physical skill has been developed but lacks control; therefore, physical and mental discipline must now be achieved.Variations of red are found among the many colours of the sunset.

red/black_belt Red/Black Belt
"The dawn of a new day. The sun breaks through the darkness."
The previous day has ended, giving way to a new dawn. The student must begin a new phase of training; that of being a black belt.
The red is the sun (in a sunrise) as it breaks through the black of night.

black_belt Black Belt
"The tree has reached maturity and has overcome the darkness... it must now plant seeds for the future. The colour black is created when all the colours of the light spectrum have been absorbed into an object. That object has "taken control" of the colours and retained them. If one colour was to "escape", the object would no longer be black but would appear as that colour. The student has mastered the nine geup (grades) of Taekwondo. He/she has "absorbed" all the knowledge of the colour ranks and overcome or "mastered” that level or training. The colours of the spectrum are bound together and are not reflected off an object, resulting in the absence of colour, which we call black.

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