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Colored Belt Progression

The colored belts are a system to determine where a student resides in their studies. Much like being called a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senoir. It merely represents where you are at the moment. The colors themselves are progressive and associated with philosophical meaning. Ponder this as you reach every new goal and celebrate with a new Tae Kwon Do belt. Take a look at our school's Black Belts to date.


At Takai Mine Studio, we have special programs for younger students to encourage their progress, since it takes longer for them to learn their forms.

Ages 4-8 "Little Griffins" Belt Progression to 3rd Gup Brown Belt

10th Gup White Belt

White Belt
with Orange Stripe

White Belt
with Yellow Stripe


9th Gup/Kyu White Belt
with Green Stripe


8th Gup/Kyu Orange Belt

7th Gup/Kyu Yellow Belt

6th Gup/Kyu Green Belt

5th Gup/Kyu Blue Belt

4th Gup/Kyu Purple Belt

3th Gup/Kyu Brown Belt

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do

or

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

or

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do

or

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

or

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate




Sho Dan Bo or
Cho Don Bo

Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate


1st Degree Black Belt
First Dan

   


Ages 9-12 Belt Progressions
There is an advanced belt for each colored belt. This is indicated with a black stripe for each color.
   

10th Gup White Belt

9th Gup/Kyu White Belt
with Yellow Stripe

8th Gup/Kyu Orange Belt

7th Gup/Kyu Yellow Belt

6th Gup/Kyu Green Belt

5th Gup/Kyu Blue Belt

4th Gup/Kyu Purple Belt

3th Gup/Kyu Brown Belt

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do

or

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

or

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do

or

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

or

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate




Sho Dan Bo or
Cho Don Bo

Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate


1st Degree Black Belt
First Dan

   



Adult Belt Progression
     

10th Gup White Belt

8th Gup/Kyu Orange Belt

7th Gup/Kyu Yellow Belt

6th Gup/Kyu Green Belt

5th Gup/Kyu Blue Belt

4th Gup/Kyu Purple Belt

3th Gup/Kyu Brown Belt

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do

or

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

or

2nd Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do

or

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate

or

1st Gup/Kyu Red Belt
Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate




Sho Dan Bo or
Cho Don Bo

Tae Kwon Do & Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate


1st Degree Black Belt
First Dan

   



Black Belt Levels Progression

1st Degree Black Belt
First Dan
2nd Degree Black Belt
Second Dan


3rd Degree Black Belt
Third Dan

4th Degree Black Belt
Fourth Dan

5th Degree Black Belt
Fifth Dan

6th Degree Black Belt
Sixth Dan
       

View the Black Belts Trained at Our School

Belt Color Symbolism
White Belt:
The lack of color signifies purity and innocence.
The novice has no knowledge of tae kwon do.
Orange Belt:
The color of the rising sun. Seeds in the ground begin to germinate and grow.
Basic Tae Kwon Do techniques begin to be learned.
Yellow Belt:
The color of the rising sun. Seeds in the ground continue to germinate and grow.
Basic Tae Kwon Do techniques continue to be learned.
Green Belt:
The color of growing things that all can see.
Power begins to develop.
Blue Belt:
The color of the sky which growing things reach for.
Physical and mental power starts to stabilize.
Purple Belt:
The color of the sky which growing things reach for.
Physical and mental power continue to stabilize.
Brown Belt:
The color of the ground where growing things are rooted firmly.
Stability of physical and mental power is apparent.
Red Belt:
The color of blood, the essential life force.
Maturity, honor and respect are exhibited as character begins to perfect.
Black Belt Symbolism:
Black is the combination of all color.
The final stage where technique is mastered within the humble and serene beauty of the plant.



Origins of Martial Arts

The origin and history of Martial Arts is a controversial issue. One can see
signs of martial arts in Egyptian, Greek, African, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, as well
as other cultures.

The first fighting systems on earth probably evolved alongside humans because mankind must have always had a need to defend himself against animals, as well as against his fellow man. Ancient murals and sculptures show fighting poses from Egypt, India and Babylon dating from as far back as 5,000 years ago.

The martial arts as we know them probably did not evolve until systems of offensive and defensive skills were devised in or imported into China. These fighting skills were combined with intangible elements such as compassion, discipline and self-control.

Martial arts are thought to have originated in India and made their way through China and across the rest of Asia. There is a clear path leading from the Southern China regions up to Korea, Okinawa and Japan. From their Martial Arts traveled to the United States from Over seas by our Men and Women who served in the military. Not unlike our System "Chun Kuk Do" that was created and founded by Grand Master Chuck Norris who studied "Tang Soo Do" while stationed in Korea. The details before that, and the exact details of that transfer, are greatly debated by historians and Martial Artists alike.

Through various periods in history when weapons were outlawed, the martial arts prospered as the only means for a person to defend himself and his family. But even as more civilized times descended upon humanity, the arts survived. They managed to outlive their violent origins primarily because they teach man much more than fighting. The true martial arts stress character development, discipline and respect. Self defense, physical fitness and competition are some of the other benefits which modern practitioners enjoy. The fact that the martial arts have had a chance to evolve into many different styles has allowed it to endure for so many centuries
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