Click on your belt to find out more about the curriculum requirements. As part of the formal belt testing, students will be asked questions their belt "Study Guide" and be expected to answer correctly.
White Belt [ chun ji ]
Complete White Belt Information
Meaning of Chun Ji: The form means Heaven and Earth, the low blocks in the form represent “Earth” (dirt); the inner forearm blocks represent Heaven (sky). Literal translation is Sky and Dirt.
The Color White represents purity and innocence, no knowledge of TaeKwonDo. Like a seed just planted
Yellow Belt [ dan gun ]
Complete Yellow Belt Information
Meaning of Dan-Gun: This form was named after the legendary founder of Korea in 2333 BC.
The Color Yellow represents the sun that is needed for the plant to grow.
Senior Yellow Belt [ do san ]
Complete Senior Yellow Belt Information
Meaning of Do-San: Do-San was known as the educator of Korea.
The 24 movements in the form represent the 24 years he spent furthering
the education of Korea.
Green Belt [ won hyo ]
Complete Green Belt Information
Meaning of Won-Hyo: Won-Hyo was known as the monk that introduced Buddhism to Korea in the year 686 AD.
Green Belt represents the leaves on the plant as it begins to grow, just as a student’s skills begin to grow.
Senior Green Belt [ yul guk ]
Complete Senior Green Belt Information
Meaning of Yul-Guk: Yul-Guk was the pseudonym (pen name) of the philosopher and scholar Yi-I (1536–1584 AD), who is known as the Confucius of Korea.
Blue Belt [ joon gun ]
Complete Blue Belt Information
Meaning of Joon Gun: An-Joon-Gun was the Korean patriot who assassinated the first Japanese governor-general of Korea, Hiru-Bumi-Ito.
Blue Belt represents the sky that the plant is growing towards as it matures into a towering tree, just as the student’s skills mature.
Senior Blue Belt [ Toi Gae ]
Complete Senior Blue Belt Information
Meaning of Toi-Gae: Toi-Gae was the pen name of Yi Hwang an authority on neo-Confucianism. The thirty-seven movements of this pattern represent the latitude of his birthplace.
Brown Belt [ kwang-ho ]
Complete Brown Belt Information
Meaning of Kwang-Ho: Kwang-Ho Lee was one of the key figures in bringing TaeKwonDo to America in the early seventies.
Brown Belt represents, the earth from which the plant has spouted and develop the strong root system needed for the tree to stand tall.
Brown belts must break boards at testing. One hand and one foot technique is required, only one of which may be performed on cinderblocks. Breaks must be pre-approved by your instructor upon submission of a testing application. Some choices include: side kick, front kick, hammer fists, horizontal elbow.
Senior Brown Belt [ hwa-rang ]
Complete Senior Brown Belt Information
Meaning of Hwa-Rang: Hwa-Rang literally means ‘flowering manhood” and was the name of the youth group that originated in the Silla Kingdom. This group was credited with the unification of the three kingdoms of Korea; Baekje, Goguryeo and Silla. The twenty-nine movements represent the 29th infantry where TaeKwonDo developed into maturity under General Choi-Hung-Hi.
Senior brown belts must break boards at testing. One hand and one foot technique is required, only one of which may be performed on cinderblocks. Breaks must be pre-approved by your instructor upon submission of a testing application.
Red Belt [ chung moo ]
Meaning of Chung-Moo: CHUNG-MOO was the name given to the great Korean naval leader Admiral Yi Soon-shin of the Joseon Dynasty. He was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (Kobukson, or “turtle ship”) in 1592, which is said to be the precursor of the present day submarine. The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolize his regrettable death during the battle of Noryang Point in 1598, where he fought against the Japanese.
Red Belt represents danger! A red belt knows all of the techniques of a black belt, but is dangerous because he/she lacks the control of a black belt.
Red belts must break boards at testing. One hand and one foot technique is required, only one of which may be performed on cinderblocks. Breaks must be pre-approved by your instructor upon submission of a testing application. No side kicks or hammer fists are allowed unless a difficulty is added, such as an extra board or a jump/spin.
Senior Red Belt [ all color belt forms ]
Complete Senior Red Belt Information
Senior Red Belt Forms: All forms and belt knowledge, White Belt through Red Belt, is required to test for Black.
Senior red belts must break boards at testing. Two breaks are required, one hand and one foot technique, only one of which may be performed on cinderblocks. Breaks must be pre-approved by your instructor upon submission of a testing application. No side kicks or hammer fists are allowed unless a difficulty is added, such as an extra board or a jump/spin.
Black Belt [ master of basics ]
Please see an instructor for board breaking requirements for testing. Breaks must be pre-approved by your instructor upon submission of a testing application. There may be a limit placed on how many stations use cinderblocks to hold boards/bricks at testing.
Probationary Form name: Kwang-Gae (39 moves)
KWANG-GAE is named after the famous Kwang-Gae-Toh-Wang, the 19th King of the Koguryo Dynasty, who regained all the lost territories including the greater part of Manchuria. The form represents the expansion and recovery of lost territory. The 39 movements refer to the first two figures of 391 A. D., the year he came to the throne.
75 Classes and 1 year of training required for eligibility to test for Decided.
First Degree Form name: Po-Eun (36 moves)
PO-EUN is the pseudonym of a loyal subject Chong Mong-Chu (1400) who was a famous poet and whose poem “I would not serve a second master though I might be crucified a hundred times” is known to every Korean. He was also a pioneer in the field of physics.
The form represents his unerring loyalty to the king and country towards the end of the Koryo Dynasty.
75 classes and 1 year of training required for eligibility to test for Senior.
First Degree Senior Form name: Gae-Baek (moves)
GE-BAEK is named after Ge-Baek, a great general in the Baek Je Dynasty (660 AD). The form represents his severe and strict military discipline.
125 classes and 1.5 years of training required for eligibility to test for Second Degree, Probationary.
Black Belt Curriculum Kicks:
360 Hook Kick, 360 Side Kick,
Run Jump Side Kick Spin Side Kick,
Double Jump Front Kick, Jump Double Round Kick,
Twin Jump Front Kick, 540 Inside Crescent Kick, Butterfly Twist