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Significance of Belt Colours
Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo.
Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwondo is being laid.
Signifies the plant’s growth as Taekwondo skills begin to develop.
Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses.
Signifies Danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo, also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.
There are some key benefits to using sinewave that is linked to the training secrets of Taekwondo. Moving our center of mass in the motion of a sine wave requires us to keep our arms and legs bent while the body is in motion. To keep the arms and legs bent during motion we need to be relaxed. Relaxing the body adds speed to a technique because we are not all tensed up with one part of the body working against another. Small increases in speed produce large increases in the power of a technique.
It is important to understand that these grades are stages in each student’s development and that achieving a black belt is not the final stage. A new black belt is a novice among black belts.
- 1st to 3rd degree are considered to be novice black belts – Bo Sabum
- 4th to 6th degree are expert black belt – Sabum
- 7th and 8th degree are Taekwon-do masters – Sahyun
- 9th degree black belt is Grandmaster