|A beginner starts out at
White Belt 10th Gup, progressing to 9th Gup, then 8th,
and so on until Black Tip 1st Gup. From White Belt 10th
Gup to Red Belt 2nd Gup, grading is usually carried out
every 3 months. A Black Tip 1st Gup has to train for at
least 6 months before he is eligible to grade for 1st
Dan. A person usually attains Black Belt 1st Dan in two
and a half years to four years, depending on ability, and
frequency of training and grading.
For Black Belts, the minimum time requirement for testing are:
To be an Examiner, one must be at least a 4th Dan Black Belt.
|White||Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has 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 maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.|
Master Choi Jung Hwa, General Choi's son, performing flying side kick.