The World Tang Soo Do Association Belt System
Philosophy of the Belt System
The Belt (Dee) is one of three parts of the Uniform (Dobohk). The belt system consists of seven colors, with each color designating the degree of proficiency possessed by the one wearing the belt. As a practitioner progresses, a color belt is worn which represents not only their degree of achievement, but exhibits their authority and dignity as well.
Our Tang Soo Do belt system represents the cycle of the seasons. Each color stands for a specific stage of achievement. In this way we realize an essential concept of oriental philosophy: that which is born must grow, reach maturity, die, and leave behind the seeds of a new birth.
Color Belt Holders (Yu Gup Ja)
Red Belt (E Gup) & Red Belt with Stripe (Il Gup)
Red signifies Blood, Life, Energy, Attention, and Control. It represents the student’s techniques beginning to bloom and ripen.
Blue Belt (Cho Dan Bo) - Instructor Trainee (Jo Kyo Sah Nim)
Blue signifies Maturity, Respect, and Honor. The Blue Belt is given to the Black Belt Candidate. Blue Belt (Cho Dan Bo) must prepare mind and body for the final step needed to attain the Black Belt (Dan).
Black Belt Holders (Yu Dan Ja)
Black signifies Mastery, Calmness, Dignity, and Sincerity. The Black Belt represents the final stage of one life cycle and the beginning of the next. This is not only the end of one stage, but more importantly, the beginning of a path which leads up through the ranks of the higher Black Belts and true mastery.
Master Belt Holder (Ko Dan Ja)
Traditionally, full professorship of teaching the Art of Tang Soo Do was given to an individual who reached this level. The title in Korean is Sah Bum Nim. “Sah” literally translated means teacher, “Bum” means example, and “Nim” is a title of honor. This recognition is given to a profound and respected teacher. These high-ranking achievers train diligently and are dedicated to developing Tang Soo Do through a lifelong commitment to training and teaching.