“Opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do”
The new beginning. The student has undertaken their grading and have proven their worth. They have demonstrated maturity and an understanding of the five tenants of Taekwon-Do. You don’t feel different but you know that you have changed. The student looks back on the years that have passed since they were that timid white belt at the back of the class. You remember the faces of the training partners that have come and gone and the people that inspired you along the way. You remember the challenges you faced and how they don’t seem that difficult anymore. While reviewing your own journey you see that the Black Belt itself is not as important as the lessons learned along the way.
Choi, Gen Hong Hi. 1999, ‘Taekwon-Do’. International Taekwon-Do Federation.
1st to 3rd degree (Novice Black Belts): Boo-Sabum
4th to 6th degree (Expert Black Belts): Sabum