The white belt is the first belt you wear, while wearng this belt you will learn basic moves and stances. You will learn some basic Korean terminology like counting to ten and certain kicks. Ultimately after approximately three months if you attend regularly all this will go toward your yellow stripe belt which will be your first first “Grading” which is an assessment of your skill set in Taekwondo (TKD) to date.
The yellow stripe is the first coloured belt in your TKD development.
Once you have gained your yellow belt you will learn more terminology, stances and kicks you will also learn a set of movements called Patterns (Poomsae) this first pattern 1 is called “Il Jang”.
The green stripe belt will involve learning the pattern 2 “Ee Jang”. This pattern contains 18 movements and represents joyfulness. You will also learn new kicks, blocks and stances while fine tuning earlier patterns and movements.
When you have gained your green belt you will focus on learning “Sam Jang” symbolises fire.
After gaining your blue stripe belt you will concentrate on Sa Jang pattern 4 which symbolises thunder.
Once you have achieved your blue belt status then pattern 5 “Oh Jang” which Symbolises Wind. This pattern contains twenty movements.
Red stripe is your next belt. Once attained you will work on pattern 6 Yuk Jang.
When wearing the red belt you will be learning pattern 7 “Chil Jang” containing 25 movements and representing a moutain.
Achieving your black stripe leads you into “Pal Jang” pattern eight representing Earth and containg 24 movements.
Attaining your Black Belt (1st Dan) is a great achievment and milestone in Taekwondo. However your journey is far from over, up to a 10th Dan can be achieved. Only a very small number in the word have achieved this accolade. Here is a list of Grandmasters achieving 9th and 10th Dans.