A HIGHER UNDERSTANDING IN THE MEANING OF EACH BELT
White signifies a birth, or beginning, of a seed. A white belt student is a beginner searching for knowledge of the Art.
Yellow signifies the first beam of sunlight which shines upon the seed giving it new strength with the beginning of new life. A yellow belt student is given his/her first ray of knowledge, opening his mind, from an instructor.
Green signifies the growth of the seed as it sprouts from the earth reaching toward the sun and begins to grow into a plant. A green belt student learns to further develop and refine his/her techniques.
Blue signifies the blue sky as the plant continues to grow toward it. A blue belt student moves up higher in rank just as the plant grows taller. The light feeds the plant so it can continue to grow. The student is fed additional knowledge of the Art in order for his/her body and mind continue to grow and develop.
Red signifies the red-hot heat of the Sun as the plant continues growing toward it. A red belt student is higher in rank, he/she acquires more detailed knowledge and, just as the plant grows slowly toward the Sun, so the red belt student learns to be more cautious as his/her knowledge and physical abilities increase.
Black signifies the darkness beyond the Sun. A black belt seeks new knowledge of the Art. As he/she begins to teach others, he/she begins planting new seeds, his/her students, many of which will take root deep into the Art, blossom and grow through the ranks in a never-ending process of self-growth, knowledge, and enlightenment.
Requirements for Black Belt
In ITF Taekwon-Do there are two different categories per say of Black Belt 1st Dan.
There is a Junior Black Belt and a full (senior) Black Belt. The only difference between the two as far as grading requirements go are the number of boards broken during the grading. To begin with the student is usually content with just learning the basic techniques and only train in their regular class time. As the student progresses through the ranks their thirst for further knowledge increases and Taekwon-Do becomes an increasing part of their life. To achieve the Rank of Black Belt a student must be committed to the Art, a great deal of hours and hard work go into any grading but by the time a student achieves the Black Belt rank, Authentic Taekwon-Do is a part of Life.
As the student grades through the Gup ranks their knowledge of techniques and applications increases. Once the rank of Black Strip is achieved the grading syllabus requires the student to actively train for a minimum of six-twelve months before they can grade for Black Belt. In this time frame the student will be expected to learn their new pattern Choong-Moo, but they are also given ample time to perfect the techniques from previous Gup patterns. The Grading syllabus for Taekwon-Do has been standardized in that each person grading for the rank of Black Belt will need to perform patterns, sparring, board breaking, self defense applications, theory and write a thesis. The Patterns required are exactly the same throughout the world, in this sense General Choi has left behind an International Style. The techniques a student learns here in America are the same as a student in Korea, England or Slovenia. A Black Belt student can therefore go to any other country and perform the same techniques. These two paragraphs are taken from http://www.itf-administration.com/articles.asp?arturn=668and have been modified to reflect what is provided for in ITF-USA.