In Taekwondo, the colour of the belt reflects the ‘Kup’ grade of the athlete, starting at 10th Kup (White Belt) up to 1st Kup (Black Stripe). Black Belt grades are called ‘Dan’.
Each colour has a particular meaning, which the athlete should learn promptly, as it helps understand their growth as a Taekwondo martial artist.
Beyond Black Belt
|Minimum Age:||Time Period:||Class:|
|1st Dan||16 yrs||3-4 yrs||Novices|
|2nd Dan||18 yrs||2 yrs||Novices|
|3rd Dan||21 yrs||3 yrs||Novices|
|4th Dan||25 yrs||4 yrs||Expert|
|5th Dan||30 yrs||5 yrs||Expert|
|6th Dan||36 yrs||6 yrs||Master|
|7th Dan||43 yrs||7 yrs||Master|
|8th Dan||51 yrs||8 yrs||Master|
|9th Dan||60 yrs||9 yrs||Grandmaster|
In addition to the above age and time requirements, the individual has to satisfy the technical excellence as well as mental maturity, tempered with good Taekwondo spirit before being invited by Grandmaster Loh for grading.