Taekwondo Belt System

Douglas Austin
2 min readJul 6, 2022

Douglas Austin is the chairman of AVRP Studios in San Diego, California. As an entrepreneur and architect, Douglas Austin has received many honors and awards, such as the People to Watch Award from San Diego Magazine and San Diego Big Hitters Award from SDBJ. Apart from being an entrepreneur, he is a Taekwondo enthusiast.

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art involving punches and kicks used to attack or defend. It has a ranking system indicated by various color belts. The modern Taekwondo belt system started in the 1940s. The belt system is symbolic of a newborn to an adult or a tree’s growth. A student starts at the white belt stage and culminates with different degrees of black belt from the first to the tenth degree.

The white belt is for beginners and symbolizes purity or innocence. It’s the first step a student takes when learning Taekwondo. The next is the yellow belt, which symbolizes earth and represents planting a seed in the ground. It is the beginning stage for the next step, the foundational step in learning Taekwondo.

The third one is the green belt, which symbolizes the growth of a plant from the seed. Students have now learned the foundation and are ready to build their skills for the next stages. The Brown belt is the fourth belt where the students are getting better at their skills. They are now ready to learn advanced skills.

The fifth is the blue belt, which symbolizes a plant ready to become a towering tree. It signifies that the student is maturing and becoming stronger by the day. The red belt is the penultimate belt in Taekwondo and symbolizes a warning or danger to students about their skills. The last one is the black belt, and for a layperson, it signifies that the student has mastered the art. For students, it signifies that they are ready to learn the mastery of Taekwondo.

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Douglas Austin — CEO of AVRP Skyport in San Diego