Belt Requirements

There are 10 Gups, starting from the 10th Gup (white belt) and ending with the 1st Gup (red-black belt, also known as a deputy black belt). The term "Gup" means degree and indicates a colored belt. A 9th Gup (Yellow belt) should know how to properly tie a belt.

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage Belt testing at Walker's Tae Kwon Do is scheduled monthly


YELLOW BELT - 9th Gup
Forms: Kicho 1 - 2
1 Step Sparring 1 - 3 (R & L hand)
Self Defense 3 (R & L hand)
Punching Defenses Group 1
Endurance Terminology


ORANGE BELT - 8th Gup
Forms: Kicho 1 - 3
1 Step Sparring 1 - 5 (R & L hand)
Self Defense 5 (R & L hand)
Punching Defenses Group 1-2
Endurance Terminology
Board Breaking & Sparring


GREEN BELT - 7th Gup
Forms: Kicho 1 - 3

Tae Geuk & Pal Gwe 1
1 Step Sparring 1 - 7 (R & L hand)
Self Defense 7 (R & L hand)
Punching Defenses Group 1-3
Endurance Terminology
Board Breaking & Sparring


PURPLE BELT - 6th Gup
Forms: Kicho 1 - 3

Tae Geuk & Pal Gwe 1 & 2
1 Step Sparring 1 - 10 (R & L hand)
Self Defense 10 (R & L hand)
Punching Defenses Group 1-4
Endurance Terminology
Board Breaking & Sparring


BLUE BELT - 5th Gup
Forms: Kicho 1 - 3

Tae Geuk & Pal Gwe 1 - 4
1 Step Sparring 1 - 10 (R & L hand)

+ 3 new ones with 1 take-down
Self Defense 13 (R & L hand) with 1 take-down
Punching Defenses Group 1-5
Endurance Terminology
The Gates
Board Breaking & Sparring


BROWN BELT - 4th Gup
Forms: Kicho 1 - 3

Tae Geuk & Pal Gwe 1 - 5
1 Step Sparring 1 - 10 (R & L hand)

+ 5 new ones with 2 take-down
Self Defense 15 (R & L hand) with 2 take-down
Punching Defenses Group 1-6
Endurance Terminology
The Gates
Board Breaking & Sparring


LOW RED BELT w/ WHTE STRIPE - 3rd Gup
Forms: Kicho 1 - 3

Tae Geuk & Pal Gwe 1 - 6
1 Step Sparring 1 - 10 (R & L hand)

+ 7 new ones with 3 take-down
Self Defense 17 (R & L hand) with 3 take-down
Punching Defenses Group 1-7
Endurance Terminology
The Gates
Board Breaking & Sparring


RED BELT - 2nd Gup
Forms: Kicho 1 - 3

Tae Geuk & Pal Gwe 1 - 7
1 Step Sparring 1 - 10 (R & L hand)

+ 10 new ones with 5 take-down
Self Defense 20 (R & L hand) with 5 take-down
Punching Defenses Group 1-8
Endurance Terminology
The Gates
Board Breaking & Sparring


DEPUTY BLACK BELT - 1st Gup

Forms: Kicho 1 - 3

Tae Geuk & Pal Gwe 1 - 8

Basai
1 Step Sparring 1 - 10 (R & L hand)

+ 13 new ones with 5 take-down
Self Defense 23 (R & L hand) with 7 take-down
Punching Defenses Group 1-9
Endurance Terminology
The Gates A Weapon Form
Board & Brick Breaking
Sparring


1st DAN BLACK BELT


Forms: Kicho 1 - 3

Tae Geuk & Pal Gwe 1 - 8

Basai & Koryo
1 Step Sparring 1 - 10 (R & L hand)

+ 15 new ones with 5 take-down
Self Defense 25 (R & L hand) with 10 take-down
Punching Defenses Group 1-10
Endurance Terminology
The Gates A Weapon Form
Board & Brick Breaking
Sparring


The term "Dan" means phase and is represented by a black belt. There are 9 Dan degrees, starting with the first and ending with the 9th. The black belt's Dan is indicated on his/her belt by a stripe. A first degree Dan has one stripe, a second degree Dan has two stripes, etc.

Additional Requirements: 10th Gup through 1st Gup students must complete 20 hours of classroom instruction in order to be able to test for the next belt (or upon instructor's approval). 1st Gup students must wait 6 months between their 1st Gup and 1st Dan belt testing and obtain instructor's approval.

Symbolism: In World TaeKwon Do there are 10 Gups, starting at 10th Gup (white belt) and ending with 1st Gup (deputy black belt). The term "Gup" 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.

White Belt (10th Gup) - The color white indicates innocence, purity, and no knowledge of TaeKwon Do. The white-belt is automatically gained by taking TaeKwon Do classes.

Yellow Belt (9th Gup) - The color yellow represents the rising sun, which causes newly sown seeds to germinate and begin to grow. It indicates that the person is getting to know the basic techniques.

Orange Belt (8th Gup) - The color orange represents the sun-deepening in color as it rises in the sky, giving its energy to the new growth. The students techniques begin to take form.

Green Belt (7th Gup) - The color green indicates growing of things driving upward. Power begins to develop. The color of the belt is compared to a plant growing its leafs.

Purple Belt (6th Gup) - The color blue indicates that a student is reaching higher, like a plant that is growing toward the sky. Mental and Physical power begins to stabilize.

Blue Belt (5th Gup) - The color blue indicates that a student is reaching higher, like a plant that is growing toward the sky. Mental and Physical power begins to stabilize.

Brown Belt (4th Gup) - 1st & 2nd Brown Belts represent the color of the earth in which growing things are rooted. Mental and physical powers stabilize.

Low Red/Red Belt (3th / 2nd Gup) - Red is the color of blood, the essential force in life. Perfection of character begins to be exhibited by maturity, honor and respect.

Deputy Black (1st Gup) - All colors combined. The final stage when mastery of technique is reflected by calm dignity and sincerity.

Poom - The World Taekwondo Federation requires that one has to be 16 years old to get a black belt. If younger, the student gets a Poom, which can be replaced by a black belt when passed the age of 16. The requirements are the same as for the black belt.

Black Belt (First Dan) - Black is the opposite of white and means the maturity of the student in the art. It also is an indication of being impenetrable for fear and darkness.

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