Our Belt System
Below are the belt colours attained in Jinhwa Taekwondo. Each of the links below also lead to demonstration video’s of the corresponding pattern that you can use in you practice at home.
Awarded to junior members who are not yet old enough to be awarded a black belt, the purple belt shows and understanding of the art and is a lighter version of the black belt.
The complete opposite of white, a black belt represents maturity, a solid understanding and proficiency in the basic techniques in the art. Black belts are considered to be true students of the art.
Black Belt Ranks
At this time the student has developed proficiency in a wide range of techniques. Once black belt is reached, it is expected that the student will work on building a greater understanding of the mechanics of techniques and learn to analyse their own technique to make further improvements; not just be instructed. The student should concentrate on perfecting the basics while developing proficiency in more complicated techniques. At this time students will also assist instructors and are allowed to be an Instructor of their own class (1st Dan and above).
Purple Belt – Students 12 and under. Pattern: Gwang-Gae
Black Belt (no Dan) – Awarded to students 13-17 years old. Patterns: Gwang-Gae – Po-Eun
1st Dan – 18 Years and Over. Patterns: Gwang-Gae – Po-Eun – Ge-Baek
2nd Dan – Min 2 years on 1st Dan. Patterns: Choong-Jang – Ko-Dang – Sam-Il
Senior Black Belt
A Senior Black Belt has mastered the basics in taekwondo including basic techniques, stances and movement. Further growth now comes from minor tweaks, improvement in more advanced techniques and the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the art. Senior black belts will have demonstrated not just their own ability, but the ability to help others develop and earn their own black belts.
3rd Dan – Min 3 years on 2nd Dan. Patterns: Choi-Yong – Yoo-Sin
4th Dan – Min 4 years on 3rd Dan. Patterns: Se-Jong – Ul-Ji
5th Dan – Min 5 years on 4th Dan. Pattern: Tong-Il
Master Black Belt
6th – 7th Dan
Students who achieve this rank have been an active black belt for approximately 20 years. They are very knowledgeable. The student is expected to pursue further knowledge about taekwondo with little or no oversight and is responsible for developing all black belts.
8Th – 9Th Dan
The ultimate rank in taekwondo, there are very few who have made it this far and they are considered to be the greatest experts on the art of taekwondo. The student who achieves a grandmaster rank will have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to taekwondo and will take responsibility for the development of all practitioners in the school.