Tang Soo Do Belt Ranking System
The colors used in the Mi Guk Kwan belt ranking system signify “Growth in Knowledge”. The belt colors are the same colors used in the Mi Guk Kwan flag and patch. Study the meaning of each belt color and you will better understand and enjoy the feeling of growth as you progress in rank.
White Belt - Winter (Meaning - Emptiness, innocence, hidden potential, purity.)
As a white belt you represent winter. Your potential at this stage of training is covered by the pure white snow. You are as yet untouched by the knowledge and experience of Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan. As you begin your training and as time passes, your true potential will begin to surface and show itself.
Orange Belt - Time between Winter & Spring
As an orange belt you represent the period of time between winter and spring. Through your actions in Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan you have begun to uncover some of the snow to see who you are and what you can really do. Through your continuous training and dedication you will become exposed to new and challenging physical and mental disciplines.
Green Belt - Spring (Meaning - Growth, spreading, advancement.)
As a green belt you represent the season of spring. Through your effortsand continuous action in Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan you have brought the growth of spring. You will see your potential growing more visible, like a plant, clean and healthy from the earth, Your knowledge and physical abilities will continue to grow, just as the healthy plant continues to grow, soon to blossom.
Red Belt - Summer (Meaning - Ripening, "Yang," active.)
As a red belt you represent the season of summer. Through your actions and continouos training in Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan you have enabled your potential to blossom, just as a flower blossoms.
As a red belt you have no fear, your training has prepared you to accept any challenges with confidence and a positive attitude. You now have a better understanding of Tang Soo Do and under continued guidance of your Tang Soo Do instructor you begin to prepare for the next stage of your training..."maturity and harvesting the crops".
Midnight Blue - Autumn (Meaning - Maturity, "Um," passive, harvest.)
As a Dan you represent Autumn, "Maturity and harvesting the crops". The time spent training has provided you with the skills and maturity to better understand and use Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan. This knowledge allows you to continue to grow physically & mentally as well as lead a healthy and disciplined life.
Why doesn't a Tang Soo Do Mi Guk Kwan Dan Member wear a black belt?
The term "Dan" is proper for those who have attained Black Belt status, except in our style.
In most Asian cultures, black is typically a color reserved for perfection or holiness, and we humbly use the darkest midnight blue to demonstrate that we are not perfect, but striving toward that goal in a mature, peaceful and educational manner.