Taekwondo offers a systematic method of student development and progress measured by colored belts. Missouri Taekwondo instructors will guide the willing student through the intense training required to achieve the rank of "black belt."
Taekwondo Belts Ranking
At the White belt our students learn basic martial arts stances, blocks, kicks, hand strikes. Chon Ji is the name of the white belt choreographed pattern. Students at this rank receive beginner level conditioning and stretching and learn beginner level self-defense techniques, escapes, and grab releases.
A the Yellow belt, students learn basic Taekwondo techniques, combinations, grab releases, escapes, and exercises. Yellow belts learn two traditional choreographed patterns named Dan Gun and Do San.
Green Belts learn intermediate level Taekwondo techniques and the traditional patterns Won Hyo and Yul Gok. At this stage our students practice light contact sparring and learn self-defense joint manipulation techniques. Green belts also receive intermediate level conditioning and stretching.
At the Blue belt, students learn intermediate blocks, kicks, and strikes. Students learn the traditional patterns Joong Gun and Toi Gye as well as sparring techniques and strategies. Blue belts continue to learn self-defense joint manipulation techniques and receive intermediate level exercise.
Purple belts learn self-defense breakfalls and review all previously learned, traditional, choreographed patterns. They also learn how to break boards.
Red Belts learn advanced kicks, blocks, hand strikes and sparring strategies. Students practice board breaks, Hwa Rang and Chong Moo patterns, self-defense takedowns, knife defense, ground fighting, and advanced joint locks. Red belts also receive advanced level conditioning.
At the brown belt, students review previously learned self-defense techniques, choking techniques, etc. Brown belts also learn a pattern called Jee Goo.
At the recommended black belts, students prove that they have a positive black belt attitude while learning advanced techniques, Kwang Gae pattern, advance board breaks, and self-defense.
Black belts continue their martial arts education by learning black belt training patterns, sparring, board breaking, knife and gun defense, ground fighting, throws and takedowns, multiple attacker sparring and self-defense. There is always something new to learn and always a new level of skill to progress to!