May 17, 2012

Belts and Rank

Different belts symbolize the various stages of physical and spiritual development in martial arts. The following is a list of belts and their color interpretations

 

Grade

Color

Description

10th Gup

White

A student who has no knowledge of the art but has begun the journey. White, being a non-color, expresses a VOIDNO ACTION.

9th Gup

White w/ Star

Student has learned the basics. 1) the student creed,Yellow Star 2) A leader is best Red Star, and 3) Personal Creed, Black Star

8th Gup

Yellow

Development has slowly begun. Yellow represents CAUTION, careful and slow movements.

7th Gup

Purple

The student receives his or her first dark color, representing the DESIRE TO LEARN andCONCENTRATION.

6th Gup

Green

Student has begun to achieve a higher level of concentration, FOCUS and COORDINATION of technique.

5th Gup

Blue

Student has begun to acquire SKILL and is developing CONFIDENCE.

4th Gup

Brown

Student has begun to coordinate SKILL with CONFIDENCE.

3rd Gup

Red

Student is now developing SPEED and techniques with FLOWING MOTION.

2nd Gup

Red w/ Black stripes

Student is combining SPEED with STRENGTH resulting in power. He or she has no begun to work on ACCURACY.

1st Gup

Deputy Black

Student has successfully combined POWER with ACCURACY. The black signifies MATURITYand NO FEAR, self confidence as well as  self discipline has helped the student overcome him or herself.

Dan

Black

All has now come together in HARMONY. The student has obtained SELF-CONFIDENCE andMATURITY. The student has graduated to a DEGREE in the martial arts. There are nine degrees of black belt.