Talk of martial arts and all I can think of is Bruce Lee! To me, he is the ultimate epitome of agility, controlled and precisely aimed aggression, and lethal moves. I could go on and on. Somewhere down the line, I think the idolization of Mr. Lee led me to learn a bit of Taekwondo. The most prominent thing which I noticed while learning was the belt and their colors. Even though I had a faint idea as to what the colors of these belts are for, once I started training, it dawned upon me even more clearly, the true meaning of the colors of taekwondo belts.
Starting from white, as any other connected martial arts like karate, taekwondo belt rankings go till black, the ultimate one.
Finally, you have the black belt, for which there is an exam a good year or so after acquiring the red belt. The reason is obvious―getting a black belt requires vigorous training in taekwondo techniques and body strength, which is a long and continuous process. The black belt is called the 1st Dan.
Taekwondo Belt Meanings
Apart from the practical explanations of connecting these belts to the grade of the expertise of the practitioner, there is a philosophical connotation given to the colors of these belts too.
- White color depicts innocence and zero knowledge of the martial art.
- Yellow points out to the earth, which leads a plant to gain roots and grow.
- Green is an indicator of the growth of the plant, as the student starts gaining more skills.
- Blue refers to the heavens, which is the direction of the growth of a plant, portraying the progress in a student's training.
- Red is an epitome of danger and caution, for the student gains various skills, and for opponents to keep him at bay.
- Black, on the contrary to white, marks maturity and proficiency of a taekwondo practitioner. A deeper meaning refers to the fearlessness and indomitability of the person wearing it.
These were the various levels in taekwondo belts along with their meanings and significance! You can see that these are not just random colors, but have been thought about very wisely by the masters in this art.