For someone new to the sport, the variety of colored belts can be baffling. The most popular colors and the levels they belong are listed below.
The white belt does not require a test, but one must obtain the white belt with yellow stripes to advance to the next rank. The individual must perform a specified pattern and go through the three-step and one-step sparring process with another taekwondo practitioner to pass the test. He must also successfully defend himself against grips and break free using kicks or strikes. An individual’s progress to the white with a yellow stripe belt usually takes two to three months.
The exam for advancement to a yellow belt is similar to the one described above, but it has a different pattern and requires both hands and feet to beaking the boards. Before taking the test, you will need to train for two to three months. You can now go to the yellow with a green striped belt. While all promotion tests are generally the same, the test from yellow to yellow with green entails breaking a two-inch board with the hand and a one-inch board with the foot in a different manner than the prior exam. Sparring in one step is also essential.
The player must test another pattern and a one-step spar and a freestyle spar as they progress from yellow with green stripes to a solid green belt. He must also break through two-inch boards with both his hands and feet and show that he can defend himself. You must practice another pattern and defend against both grips and clubs to get the green with blue stripes belt. In addition, the player must use his hands to shatter a two-inch board and a jump kick to break a one-inch board. He must do the one-step sparring and free sparring, the same as the other tests. Before taking a test, you must train for four months to progress green with stripes.
The blue belt test is comparable to the green belt with blue stripes, except for the induction of a different pattern and two-step sparring. Aside from that, a two-inch board must be broken with a punch, and a one-inch board must be broken with a turning kick. It usually takes four months to do all of this. The blue with red stripes belt requires dexterity because the wearer must defend against grips, clubs, knives, and several unarmed opponents. He must also use a punch and a turning kick to break two-inch boards. It takes five months to progress from blue belt to black belt.
The red belt test substitutes the two-step sparring with numerous free sparring and a different pattern. In addition, he must break a three-inch board with any kick, but the rest of the test remains unchanged. The red and black striped belt is made of crimson. The exam is similar to the red belt except for a modified pattern and the requirement to break two three-inch boards. This takes five months to prepare for.
The black belt test, the highest rank available, necessitates a great deal of effort: one pattern, one-step sparring, two-step sparring, free sparring, and multiple free sparring. You must also be able to defend yourself against grips, clubs, knives, and unarmed opponents and break two three-inch boards with any kick or hit. After passing the red and black stripe belt test, it takes at least nine months of training to reach this level.