Meaning of Taekwondo Belt Colors

Meaning of Belt Colors in Tae Kwon Do

Provided by American Dragon Martial Arts Schools in Ocoee, Florida


White Belt represents purity. White signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo. It represents a clean slate, and the beginning of a journey in Taekwondo.

Yellow Belt represents Energy. Yellow signifies the earth, from which the plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwondo foundation is being laid. It is also color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy.

Orange Belt represents combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Green Belt is the color of growth. The growth of power in specific green signifies the plant’s growth as Taekwondo skills are developing.

Blue Belt represents the sky and continued upward attainment. Blue signifies the heavens, toward which the plant develops into a towering tree as the Taekwondo training progresses.

Purple Belt represents the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It is during this time that a Taekwondo practitioner should have their goals set in becoming a black belt and should have basics of Taekwondo understood.

Red Belt is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. Just as stoplights, fire equipment and other highly visible items are painted in red, red in Taekwondo training should start showing the techniques and advanced skills which appeal to yourself and others.

Brown Belt represents the earth. Here the student must work to till the soil of the martial arts, to dig out the riches of knowledge needed to reach the next level Tae Kwon Do.

Black Belt represents the next major step in your Taekwondo journey. It is the beginning of to understand the depth of Taekwondo. Combining yellow, orange, green, purple, blue, brown, and red produces black. Black represents the combined knowledge of the lower levels in Tae Kwon Do training. The journey in Taekwondo is never ending. The black belt phase must be approached as a new beginning. One should start again with a new beginning as Taekwondo is a never ending journey.

About the author: Multi-arts Grand Master Richard Hackworth is the senior writer at “World Martial Arts Magazine” in Orlando, Florida and Co-author of the “How To Be A Champion Martial Artist” course. Hackworth is the host of the “Martial Arts News & Entertainment” Radio Show on the Action Radio Network and the International Director of the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association. He can be reached at Ph: 321-443-8077 or visit his school at 209 Capitol Court Ocoee, Florida 34761. Be sure to Like him on facebook at 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What is 11 + 10 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)