Kwon Do there are 10 Keub, starting from the 10th Keub (white belt) and ends with the 1st Keub (red-black belt). The term
"Keub" means degree. The term "Dan" means phase. There are 9 Dan degrees, starting with the first and ending with the 9th.
All Dan-degrees are represented by a black belt.
color white indicates that a person is "innocent", has no knowledge of the sport Tae Kwon Do yet. The white-belt
is automatically gained by taking Tae Kwon Do classes.
The color yellow indicates that the person is getting to know the basic techniques; this stadium
is compared to a plant growing its roots. The student going for yellow-belt is
usually not skilled enough to show "Chayu daeryon" (non-contact sparring). Instead the student has to show "Sajoe" ("four-direction-movement",
one specific technique shown to all directions).
green indicates that a student is growing as a Tae Kwon Do student. The color of the belt is compared to a
plant growing its leafs.
blue indicates that a student is reaching higher, like the plant is growing to the sky.
red indicates danger. The student is warned to practice the control of his/her movements. The color red also
warrens an opponent.
W.T.F. Tae Kwon Do requires that one
has to be 16 years old to get a black belt. If you're younger, you get a poem, which can be replaced by a black belt if you
pass the age of 16. The requirements are the same as for the black belt.
Black is the opposite of white and signifies
the maturity of the student in the sport. It also is an indication of being impenetrable for fear and darkness. A black belt
has to know all the skills mentioned above. There is also a special pattern for black belts. The patterns follow the poomsae
TaeGuks as well as the poomsae Palgwes.
1st Dan - poomsae TaeGuk 1-8
2. 2nd Dan - poomsae Koryo
3. 3rd Dan - poomsae Keumgang
4th Dan - poomsae TaeBaek
5. 5th Dan - poomsae Pyongwon
6. 6th Dan - poomsae Sipjin