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#225965 - 01/27/06 02:21 PM Belt Meanings
Goceman86 Offline
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I noticed one day my master gave a yellow belt to some one that was promoted and said it was the belt of strength. I asked my friends but i could only get 3 meanings. White = the belt of beginnings, Yellow = the Belt of strenght, Orange = the belt of Focus post up if you know any more.even if it's different from anyone elses.

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#225966 - 01/27/06 02:42 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Goceman86]
TwistingKick Offline
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i've always been taught:-

white- innocence (no previous knowledge)
yellow- earth
green- growth
blue- heaven
red- danger
black- maturity/proficiency, + (imperviousness to darkness and fear)

That may just be our organisation though??
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#225967 - 01/27/06 04:11 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: TwistingKick]
mean_fighter Offline
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Thats mine aswell

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#225968 - 01/27/06 06:41 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Goceman86]
Paulol Offline
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Quote:

I noticed one day my master gave a yellow belt to some one that was promoted and said it was the belt of strength. I asked my friends but i could only get 3 meanings. White = the belt of beginnings, Yellow = the Belt of strenght, Orange = the belt of Focus post up if you know any more.even if it's different from anyone elses.


Who do you train with??

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#225969 - 01/28/06 12:24 AM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Paulol]
Goceman86 Offline
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i trained with Andrew Park. he's the master at Eagles TKD in Flushing, New York

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#225970 - 01/28/06 01:22 AM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Goceman86]
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WHITE BELT: Represents the beginning.

YELLOW BELT: Is representative of gold, which means truth. It is important that an individual be truthful with himself as it eliminates egotism and creates personal contentment. The concept of the seed is additionally symbolized by the color of yellow. It is only a quality seed that can grow into a quality plant. However, the foundation has to be solid so that future growth is possible. The planted seed cannot expect to grow into something that it is not. An apple seed cannot grow into an orange tree - we have to accept who we are as individuals and try to excel to the best of our abilities.

GREEN BELT: Signifies growth. Since we live for the future, growth is necessary and essential for living. Growth is normally associated with changes and we must accept those changes even though they may cause feelings of insecurity.
Memory of our own achievements in Tae Kwon Do serves many functions. As a green belt, it must serve as a reference for our development, but must not hinder our progress. For example, being a gold medallist in last years competition should not deter you from training even harder for the next competition so that your next performance will be more polished and refined that when the gold medal was won. Therefore, growth is reflected in that individual.
Green in a plant usually represents life. It reminds us that we are living, and living is experiencing the future as little bits of "present ness" occurring one after another. Re-experiencing the past continuously is not living, it is a state of stagnancy, a state of rigidity, a state of death.

BLUE BELT: Symbolic of the sky. Although our naked eye can see only a portion of the vast heavens, it does not represent all that there is. The color blue representatively depicts the mind and the mental depth or maturity potential of an individual. Like the sea, we cannot see how deep the water is nor the continuously moving current underneath the calm surface. It is our determination that gives us the ability to conquer difficult tasks. Therefore, we should train ourselves to be strong mentally as we as physically. Tough times don't last, but a tough mind does.

RED BELT: Represents the sun, the brightness, the energy that it projects, the physical acts of the individual. It is only through physical activity that an individual is given identity through his or her mental depth and capabilities. It is through the physical training in Tae Kwon Do that an education of the mind and a re-evaluation of self occurs. By overcoming physical setback through perseverance and determination, the development of the indomitable spirit takes place - the ultimate goal of Tae Kwon Do. Acquiring the indomitable spirit through the art's physical training and the internalization of the individual's mental attitude enables the student of Tae Kwon Do to deal with setbacks and difficult situations. Through our indomitable spirit, we are capable of evaluating, conquering and bouncing back from disillusions or disappointments. The red belt also represents limitations, which is opposite to the limitless blue belt. In contrast, limitations permit an individual to evaluate his or her progress. It prepares us to reach our short-term goals, which, in turn, leads to achieving an ultimate goal.

BLACK BELT: Combines all the belt colors and thusly, represents all of the different concepts of the proceeding colors. It represents the commitment to the value system of the colors and dignity, which comes from pride in oneself. However, pride in oneself is achieved only by overcoming difficult tasks through physical achievement, mental determination or a combination of both.

Degree of black belt represents the different levels of mental intensity of an individual, and the ability to use these for successful living.
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#225971 - 01/28/06 04:12 AM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Goceman86]
Paulol Offline
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from the looks of your masters website i think he's doing things for himself!

which is cool!

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#225972 - 01/28/06 07:57 AM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Paulol]
gojuwarrior1 Offline
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Not taekwondo ranking but every belt system has a meaning, this is ours,

White & Yellow Belt - Life of Humility
Green Belt - Life of Labor
Purple Belt - Life of Service
Brown Belt - Life of Prayer and Gratitude
Black Belt - Life of Meditation
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#225973 - 01/28/06 07:57 AM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Paulol]
DaDoN_1 Offline
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nice..but WHITE BELT represents purity

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#225974 - 01/28/06 02:32 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: DaDoN_1]
Kwondo_Kid Offline
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There's only 5 different color belts??? I thought there was more...

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#225975 - 01/28/06 05:39 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Dereck]
trevek Offline
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Dereck,

nice definitions.

I'll add that

white is innocence and inexperience

gold /yellow can be the colour of the earth where the seed is planted.

blue is also the sky towards which our green plant is growing.
red also signifies danger, both to the opponent and the student, who is now entering a vital time in training and may try to reach to far.

black is knowledge, impervious to fear and maturity.
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#225976 - 01/28/06 07:54 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Kwondo_Kid]
Paulol Offline
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Quote:

There's only 5 different color belts??? I thought there was more...


there are tips in between the block colours in ITF (or ITF'ish) TKD. The styles that base the belts on the Chung Do Kwan or other early Kwans in Korea will tend to have a belt system like Shotokan Karate.

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#225977 - 01/28/06 09:23 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: trevek]
Dereck Offline
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Quote:

Dereck, nice definitions.




Thanks, I cut and pasted them from our website.
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#225978 - 02/02/06 03:53 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Kwondo_Kid]
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The more colors your school has, the more your instructor gets paid for;)

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#225979 - 02/02/06 04:12 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: EarlWeiss]
Dereck Offline
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The more colors your school has, the more your instructor gets paid for;)




I will agree with this as well Earl. However I would like to bring up another point. When my Instructor was learning from his Master they had just the white, yellow, green, blue, red and black belts. But at each level you were required to do so much more in order to move on. When joining others who branched off to form their own schools they took the same format and spread it out so that people could learn each better because it was broken down and presented differently.

Now this can be looked on as bad and good. Bad because they are not required to do as much as their predecessors to obtain their belts. Good because they still do the requirements but do it in smaller steps with more belts. Bad because with more belts it means more testing which means more money. Good because many like goals and like belts and this makes it easier for them to obtain them.

For my Instructor and the others he is aligned with, they found that too many people were dropping out because they were not seeing immediate satisfaction of obtaining belts. As this is a business they had to overcome this and by introducing mid belts they were able to draw in more students and keep more.

Just thought I'd bring that up.
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#225980 - 02/02/06 04:24 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Dereck]
schanne Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 4370
Loc: Woodbury NJ
Trained at a few different TKD dojangs while traveling and more than one had the camouflage belt thing, must be good for hunting or Ninja's
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#225981 - 02/03/06 07:12 AM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: Goceman86]
GriffyGriff Offline
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Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 414
Loc: Earth
I remember an old man once telling me the following...

Belt colours and what do they represent:

WHITE: Winter - A Snow encrusted barren landscape where growth is difficult to see.
The new practicioner must develop a will power to survive this frustrating, brief period.

YELLOW: Spring - Although the snow has thawed and growth becomes more visible, the Sun is not yet at it's zenith.
Practice every move to the best of your ability and do not rush to learn the next technique.
You have to build a strong foundation, if you want it to last.

GREEN: Summer - The Sun is at it's heighest and all things begin to flourish.
As your confidence in your abilities grows, be careful that your ego does not.

BLUE: Autumn - As the leaves fall from the trees, their branches can be see to claw towards the sky in their hunger for more.
Understand the strengths and weaknesses in all techniques and when to apply them.

RED: The Sun - You begin to soar above plant life like a bird as you begin to feel and not think your techniques.
Stay humble and keep reinforcing your foundations, lest you crash to the earth like Iccarus.

BLACK: The Void - Close your eyes. It's dark isn't it? You cannot see yourself or any one else. You are all alone.. Don't cry.
Look inwards, refine your skills, deepen your understanding, retain humility.
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#225982 - 02/03/06 01:04 PM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: GriffyGriff]
blascun2k Offline
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Registered: 10/02/05
Posts: 73
Loc: Dallas, TX USA
We have only 2 additional belts, err. well 3 for WTF, but I have seen several different colors in tournaments, like white with yellow strips, yellow with green strips, and I have seen the camo belt, which I think is totaly retarted...

White
Yellow
Orange
Orange w/green strip
green
purple
brown
red...
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#225983 - 02/04/06 07:41 AM Re: Belt Meanings [Re: blascun2k]
dicen Offline
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Registered: 02/04/06
Posts: 57
I gotta ask was it Jhoon Rhee, Jigaro Kano, or the guy who came up with Shotokan (I keep forgettting his name for some strange reason) who came up with the modern belt system. And I wonder what he would think about these "spiritual" meanings about a piece of cloth that use to hold your pants up, before spandex that is :P

Just food for thought.

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