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Belt Ranking System

Written by John Cuddy | 13 April 2009

Look at the Patterns videos. You will see ALL of the Gup (colored belt patterns) and ALL of the Dan (Black Belt) patterns on our GuilfordTKD.com website. There are videos for all 24 patterns….these videos show thousands of movements. Belts begin at white belt and then move on to additional belts in this order:
1.  White Belt                           Beginner
2.  White Belt  Yellow tip            9th Gup
3.  Yellow Belt                           8th Gup
4.  Yellow Belt Green tip            7th Gup
5.  Green Belt                           6th Gup
6.  Green Belt Blue tip               5th Gup
7.  Blue Belt                              4rt Gup
8.  Blue Belt Red tip                  3rd Gup
9.  Red Belt                              2nd Gup
10. Red Belt Black tip                1st Gup

FIRST THROUGH THIRD DAN ARE CONSIDERED NOVICES
11.  First Degree Black Belt        1st Dan
12.  Second Degree Black Belt   2nd Dan
13.  Third Degree Black Belt       3rd Dan

FOURTH THROUGH SIXTH DAN ARE CONSIDERED EXPERTS. SOME STYLES CONSIDER FOURTH DAN AND UP TO BE MASTERS
14.  Fourth Degree Black Belt     4th Dan

15.  Fifth Degree Black Belt        5th Dan
16.  Sixth Degree Black Belt       6th Dan

IN THE ITF SEVENTH DAN IS CONSIDERED A MASTER
17.  Seventh Degree Black Belt   7th Dan

18.  Eigth Degree Black Belt        8th Dan
19.  Ninth Degree Black Belt        9th Dan       GRANDMASTER

Grandmaster is an instructor of Master Instructors…..Master Instructors….8th and 7th Dans….Master Instructors  are teachers of Expert Black Belts…6th 5th and 4th Dans….Expert Instructors are teachers for Novice Black Belts…..Novice Blac k Belt are teachers of Gups. Of course any Black Belt teacher can teach Gups regardless of rank.

Please check out www.GuilfordTKD.com website. There are two new articles that explain in detail the importance of patterns and the meaning of the tenets of Tae Kwon-Do. Once you review the patterns I hope that the reason students do not skip belts is clear. I hope this helps.