New Century Taekwon-Do

Grades and Belts

Adult Grading System

The grading system consists of six solid color belts; white, yellow, green, blue, red, and black.

Coloured belt ranks are defined as follows (from lowest to highest rank):

Grade Meaning Belt
10th KUP White belt White belt - signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do
9th KUP White belt Yellow strip White belt Yellow stripe - 19 movements - CHON-JI means literally the Heaven & Earth it is in the orient interpreted as the creation of the world or the beginning of human history therefore it is the initial pattern played by the beginner this pattern consists of two parts one to represent the Heaven the other the Earth
8th KUP Yellow belt Yellow belt - 21 movements - DAN-GUN is named after the holy Dan-Gun the legendary founder of Korea in the year 2333 B.C.
7th KUP Yellow belt Green stripe Yellow belt Green stripe - 24 movements - DO-SAN is the pseudonym of the patriot Ahn Chang-Ho (1876-1938) who devoted his entire life to furthering the education of Korea and its independent movement
6th KUP Green belt Green belt - 28 movements - WON-HYO was the noted monk who introduced buddhism into the silla dynasty in the year 686 A.D.
5th KUP Green belt Blue stripe Green belt Blue stripe - 38 movements - YUL-GOK is the pseudonym of the great philosopher and scholar YI O (1536-1584) nicknamed the confucius of Korea the 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on 38degrees latitude and the diagram represents scholar
4th KUP Blue belt Blue belt - 33 movements - JOONG-GUN is named after the patriot An Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro-Bumi Ito the first Japanese governor general of Korea known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea Japan merger there are 32 moves in this pattern to represent Mr Ans Age when he was executed in Lui-Shung Prison in 1910
3rd KUP Blue belt Red stripe Blue belt Red stripe - 37 movements -TOI-GYE is the penname of the noted scholar yi hwang (16th a.d) an authority on neo-confucianism the 37 movements of the pattern refer to his birthplace on 37 degrees latitude and the diagram represents scholar
2nd KUP Red belt Red belt - 29 movements - HWA-RANG is named after the hwa-rang youth group which originated in the silla dynasty around 600 a.d this group eventually became the actual driving force for unification of the 3 kingdoms of Korea the 29 movements refer to the 29th infantry division where taekwon-do developed into maturity
1st KUP Red belt Black stripe Red belt Black stripe - 30 movements - CHOONG-MOO was the given name of the great admiral Yi Sun-Sin of the Yi Dynasty he was reputed to have invented the first armoured battleship (kobukson) which was the precursor of the present day submarine in 1592 AD. The reason why this pattern ends with a left hand attack is to symbolise his regrettable death having no chance to show his unrestrained potentiality checked by the forced reservation of his loyalty to the King
1st DAN Black belt Black belt - opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do, also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.

The reason why there are nine colour belt grading's and nine black belt degree grading's is that the number nine is not only the highest of the single-digit numbers, but also is the number of three multiplied by three. In the Orient, three is the most esteemed of all numbers. The Chinese character for 3 is three horizontal lines, one above the other. The bottom line represents earth; the middle line represents mortals; the upper line represents heaven. It was believed that a man who could unite the three realms in himself, would aspire or be reborn into a king.

Junior Grading System

White Belt 10th Kup - White signifies innocence the Beginner who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do

Grade Information Belt
10th KUP White belt 1. TAE KWON-DO - is the Korean art of self defence.
2. THE FOUNDER OF TAE KWON-DO: General Choi Hong Hi 9th Dan Grandmaster.
3. TAE. To Jump, Kick or Smash with the foot.
4. KWON. A Fist to Punch or Destroy with the hand.
5. DO. Art, Way or method.
6. UNIFORM - Dobok.
7. BELT - Ti.
8. TRAINING HALL - Dojang.
    • Innocence
    • Beginner
    • No previous knowledge of Taekwondo
10th KUP White belt
Purple stripe
    • Courtesy
    • Integrity
    • Perseverance
    • Self control
    • Indomitable spirit
    • LOW below the belt - Najunde.
    • MIDDLE belt to shoulder level - Kaunde.
    • HIGH above the shoulder level - Nopunde.
13. BLOCK Makgi
14. PUNCH Jirugi.
15. FORE FIST Ap Joomuk.
16. INNER FOREARM An Palmok.
17. OUTER FOREARM Bakat Palmok
18. FRONT RISING KICK Ap Cha Olligi.
19. FRONT SNAP KICK Ap Cha Busigi
10th KUP White belt
Orange stripe
20. ATTENTION STANCE - Charyot Sogi
    (Heels touch and feet form a 45 degree angle)
21. PARALLEL STANCE - Narani Junbi Sogi.
    Weight 50%-50%. (A shoulder width between the little toes).
22. SITTING STANCE - Annun Sogi.
    Weight 50%-50%. (One and a half shoulder widths between the big toes).
23. WALKING STANCE - Gunnun Sogi.
    Weight 50%-50%. (One shoulder width, one and a half shoulder widths long
    between the big toes).
24. L STANCE - Niunja Sogi.
    Weight 70%-30%. (One shoulder width, one and a half shoulder widths long in total).
25. INSTRUCTOR - Sabum.
26. STUDENT - Jeja.
    • I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
    • I shall respect the instructor and seniors.
    • I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do.
    • I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
    • I shall build a more peaceful world.
28. OBVERSE - Baro.
29. REVERSE - Bandae.