The Meaning Of The Blue Belt In Taekwondo
Why All Belts have A Meaning In Taekwondo
The Level Of Skills Required To Receive A Blue Belt
Blue Belt Skills
Blue Belt Forms
Blue Belt Blocks and Strikes
Double Low Block
Tornado kick and back kick
A tornado kick is a spinning kick. It can be used for both defense and offense (as many Taekwondo moves can be). A back kick is a high backwards kick, with your torso bent low over your front, non-kicking leg.
Rear leg round kick and double round kick
Round kicks mix body rotation with kicks in different directions.
Double round kick and turning back kick
A turning back kick is an aerial kick, combined with the double round kick, which is a rotational kick
How Are Your Skills Assessed For A Blue Belt?
Usually, skills are assessed in a ‘grading’.
Gradings are common across many martial arts. It is a set day when students are required to carry out a practical examination of their skills.
Usually, the skills are performed independently and will be judged by either your own instructor or a local instructor.
You are then usually told if you have passed your next training session, and awarded a belt (and sometimes a certificate) if you’ve been successful.
You will be told of what to perform ahead of the grading, so there should be no surprises.
It will often be a combination of the skills set out above.
How Long Will You Need To Train To Receive A Blue Belt In Taekwondo
There is no exact timeframe as to how long it will take you to achieve a blue belt.
I would say the average timeframe is around two years, but this will depend on a range of factors.
The amount of time required to receive a blue belt in taekwondo will be impacted by a few different things, including:
- The minimum time that must pass is dictated by some taekwondo associations (depending on which part of the world you are in)
- The amount of time the student is able to train
- The speed at which the student is able to make progress in learning new skills
- The quality of the teaching
Let’s look at a few of these issues in greater detail:
The Statutory Timeframe
In many countries, there will be a defined period of training and time that must take place in between gradings. This will also be the case for individual taekwondo training centers.
Though schools and academies will differ, the International Taekwondo Association defines the time required to advance between each belt from white to blue as the following:
|Tae Kwon Do Rank||Time Required To Advance In Rank|
|10th Gup White Belt||2 Months (36 Hours)|
|9th Gup White Belt With Yellow Stripe||2 Months (36 Hours)|
|8th Gup Yellow Belt||2 Months (36 Hours)|
|7th Gup Yellow Belt With Green Stripe||2 Months (36 Hours)|
|6th Gup Green Belt||2 Months (36 Hours)|
|5th Gup Green Belt With Blue Stripe||3 Months (54 Hours)|
|4th Gup Blue Belt||6 Months (108 Hours)|
The minimum timeframe, then, to progress from white belt to blue belt using this timeframe is nineteen months. The Association suggests that this would equal 242 hours of training.
How Often You Are Able To Train
Clearly, an individual that could only train once per week would then take a much longer time to
The International Taekwondo Association states that a standard month of training would equal 18 hours. This would equate to about 4 hours per week. This could be done across four 1 hour sessions, or two 2-hour sessions.
Anyone training at this intensity would be in line to move through the belts at the timeframe they suggest.
Anyone training at a lower intensity (which I would suggest would be the majority of students) will move more slowly through the belts.
The Speed Of Learning
Of course, the amount of training alone does not indicate how quickly a student will progress and learn the skills. Many other characteristics are important such as:
-Your general health
-Your age (with younger students tending to progress at faster speeds)
-Your commitment to a regular schedule, whatever the frequency of that may be
The Meanings Of Other Taekwondo Belts
The whole journey of a student through belts is represented by a story of growth. A student begins in a state of innocence and then grows as a tree would toward excellence.
Here is what each of the main belts means in taekwondo:
A white belt signifies innocence. There are no skills required to be awarded this belt, and it just signifies entry into the martial art.
The yellow belt is the first belt to be awarded based on a student’s proficiency. It symbolizes the earth.
This is the beginning of the growing metaphor. The student is like a seed that is planted in the earth, from which it will now grow.
The green symbolizes the shoots and leaves of the plant as it begins to grow.
As discussed above, this is where the tree has now developed a strong trunk and roots and is now aiming towards the blue of the sky.
Coming away from the growth metaphor, red symbolizes danger. A student now has a range of skills and is dangerous as a warrior.
A student now has full proficiency (although you can still progress from here through the Dans system).
The black belt is two things:
- First, it is the opposite of the white belt and the opposite of innocence
- Second, it is the darkness that the student is now a force against.
How To Train For Taekwondo
Although some online resources exist, every student I have spoken to strongly recommends that you seek out a good quality local taekwondo training center.
Here are some ways to find the best one for you:
- Read around some reviews on social media or reputable sites like Trust Pilot
- Word of mouth is powerful. If you already know someone who trains in taekwondo, then speak to them about the best training schools in your area
- Go and visit, and maybe observe. Often a school will have a pay-as-you-go system whereby you only need to pay for each session one at a time. Therefore, there is little risk as you are working out if a setting is right for you. Alternatively, they may be happy for you just to go and watch a session