Privilege & Responsibility
The first goal that
most students of Taekwondo set is achieving the level of
First Degree Black Belt. This rank symbolizes
proficiency in the basics of Taekwondo, success in
achieving one’s goal, and the privileges which naturally
accompany your new rank.
the rank of First Degree Black Belt Recommended, you
should continue to train and to prepare for your next
test, which should take place within 6 to 12 months.
First Degree Black Belt Recommended
is a provisional black belt rank.
to achieve First Degree Black
Belt, you must refine and improve your technique.
First Degree Black Belt, you will receive you Black
Belt Certificate, you may wear the black belt with a gold
bar and you may add the black stripe
on your uniform.
your First Degree Black Belt many new
challenges and responsibilities await you. Other
students will respect your hard work and integrity, and address
you formally as Mr., Mrs., or Miss. You should
continue to lead by example. You now have a
greater accountability to your instructors and peers.
You may now sit at the judges’ table,
upon request, at a testing or
tournament. This new privilege carries with it the
responsibility of exercising careful evaluation of
technique, power, and application of movement.
First degree black belt is the first step on the
path toward developing a high level of proficiency,
expertise, and maturity, demanded by the art of
First, second and
third degree black belts are considered beginner or
Fourth, fifth and sixth degree black belts are
expert black belts and instructors.
Seventh, eighth and
ninths degrees are the master levels of expertise and
Once you achieve first degree decided, you
may begin training for the rank of Assistant
Instructor. With sufficient teaching experience and the
minimum rank of second degree decided black belt, you
may test to become a Certified Instructor. While not
every black belt pursues this course, teaching is a very
satisfying experience for many
Minimum Time and Age
Requirements for Black Belt Ranks
Time @ Rank
Recommended 1/2 year
Decided * 1 year
Decided * 2
Students achieving First and
Second Degree Recommended must test again with
12 months from their previous rank to achieve
permanent status and receive their degree