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Meaning of Belt Colors

White: signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Tae Kwon Do.

Yellow: signifies earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Tae Kwon Do foundation is being laid.

Green: signifies the plants growth as Tae Kwon Do skills begin to develop.

Blue: signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Tae Kwon Do progresses.

Brown: signifies the seasoned mature student. It pays recognition to other martial arts systems that the student should be incorporating into their Tae Kwon Do.

Red: signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.                        (It is at this point the student must persevere and develop confidence in themselves to make their next progressive steps.)

Black: Opposite of white, therefore, signifies maturity and proficiency in Tae Kwon Do. It also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear.                                       (It signifies “coming into the light”. The student begins serious training.)

 


Martial Arts by Shayda

“Kick, block, punch! Kick, block, punch!” I hear the instructor say. May heart races as I breathe heavy.  This is how I always feel when I enter the “Do Chang” (gym in Korean). Martial Arts is all about working hard to achieve something, learning to defend yourself and furthering your skills. I joined Martial Arts in third grade, when I was very shy. I joined because my mom thought that I would be more social and active. Now I am in seventh grade and I am very modest, I am one to persevere, I have self control, I am much stronger and faster, and it’s all because of Martial Arts. More importantly, Martial Arts has made me a better person.

To be able to do Martial Arts, the skills you need to have are perseverance, modesty, self control, intensity and stamina. You need to be able to persevere, because Martial Arts isn’t easy and there are times when you are too tired or you don’t want to come to class. Also, a skill you need is modesty. This is an important skill because you can’t go around bragging that you have a higher belt or that you are better in Martial Arts then everyone else. Self Control is a big skill you need to have (and probably the  most important). Martial Arts can be VERY dangerous without self control. This is because when you are working with a partner, you can’t start punching and kicking them just because you feel like it. Another still you need is intensity. The only way punches and kicks are useful is with intensity. The last skill you need for Martial Arts is stamina. With stamina you have the ability to work hard.

Martial Arts is also interesting and important. Martial Arts is interesting to me because I always have a goal. My goal right now is to get a black stripe on my blue belt. So every class I work very hard so one day I can test for my stripe. Martial Arts is also interesting because you earn belts. I have earned four out of seven belts. A belt isn’t just a belt, each color represents something. Blue belt (my belt) signifies the heavens, that the tree (long story) sprouts to as the tae kwon do skills advance.  It’s kind of like each belt unlocks another chapter of the story. Also what I think is interesting about Martial Arts, is you get to learn how to speak in Korean. What I think is important about Martial Arts is, it increases your sociability.  You have to be social in Martial Arts because you need to have physical contact with them and you can’t be afraid. Also Martial Arts are important because it helps make you a better person. I have become a better person in Martial Arts.