For both of our programs (Tiny Tigers & Karate Kid/Adult) our belts go in the following order: White, Orange, Yellow, Camouflage, Green, Purple, Blue, Brown, Red, & Black.
Tiny Tiger Belt Rank Colors
Our Tiny Tigers have special belts that correspond with characters. For more information please go here!
Karate Kid & Adult Belt Rank Colors
Belt Color Meanings:
White Belt “Pure and without the knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must now be planted and nourished to develop strong roots.” The student has no knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo and begins with a clean (pure) slate.
Orange Belt “The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning’s dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power.” The beginner student sees the beauty of the art of Taekwondo but has not yet experienced the power in the technique.
Yellow Belt “The seed is beginning to see the sunlight.” The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo.
Camo Belt “The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must now fight its way upwards.” The student begins to realize his/her place in the world’s largest martial art. The student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank.
Green Belt “The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength.” The student’s technique is developing power. The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison.
Purple Belt “Coming to the mountain. The tree is in mid-growth and now the path becomes steep.” The student has crossed over into a higher level of Songahm Taekwondo. The techniques, forms, and level of sparring becomes more difficult creating a “mountain” that must be overcome.
Blue Belt “The tree reaches for the sky towards new heights.” Having passed the midway point, the student focuses his/her energy upwards toward black belt.
Brown Belt “The tree is firmly rooted in the earth.” At this point the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in Taekwondo.
Red Belt “The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished.” The first day (the period of time from White to Red belt) of growth is coming to an end. The physical skill has been developed but lacks control; therefore, physical and mental discipline must now be achieved.
1st degree recommended Black Belt “The dawn of a new day. The sun breaks through the darkness.” The previous day has ended giving way to a new dawn. The student must begin a new phase of training; that of being a black belt.
1st degree decided Black Belt “The tree has reached maturity and has overcome the darkness. It must now begin to ‘plant seeds for the future’.” The color black is created when all the colors of the light spectrum have been absorbed into an object. That object has “taken control” of the colors and retained them. If one color was to “escape”, the object would no longer be black. The student has mastered the nine grades of Taekwondo. He/she has “absorbed” all the knowledge of the color ranks and overcome or “mastered” that level of training.