Meanings of Belt Color

The color belt system is not just a representation of rank advancement, it is also is an acknowledgement of individual personal growth. Such advancement signifies not only growth within the dojang (training hall), but that of positive character and growth outside of the dojang.
 The interpretation of the belt colors, which follows, is but one of many possible meanings. For example, the color blue could represent the water, as opposed to the sky, which the plant receives in order to continue to grow.

White signifies the birth, innocence, or beginning of a seed. A white belt student is a beginner searching for knowledge of Tae Kwon Do.

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

Green 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 signifies the blue sky the plant continues to grow toward. A blue belt student moves up higher in rank just as the 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 his/her body and mind continue to grow and develop.

Red signifies the red-hot heat of the Sun as the plant continues its growth. As a red belt student is considered higher in rank, he/she acquires more detailed knowledge, and just as the plant grows slowly toward the Sun, so the red belt student learns to be more cautious of his/her knowledge as his/her physical abilities increase.

Black signifies the darkness beyond the Sun. 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 deeply take root into the Art, blossom and grow through the ranks in a never-ending process of self-growth, knowledge, and enlightenment.