Superficially, Tang Soo Do is a
method of empty-hand, foot and weapon fighting, based on the
scientific use of the body in self-defence. Technically, Tang Soo Do
is based on the principles of yielding, circular motion, and
penetration containing both so called 'hard' and 'soft' martial arts
elements. Applications of the above fashioned movements to a humanís
weakest points will have no equal in power or effectiveness.
|Philosophy of the Belt
Our Tang Soo Do belt system is a
progress from white to black which represents the cycle of
the seasons. Each colour stands for a specific stage of
achievement. In this way, we realize an essential concept of
Oriental philosophy, i.e., that which is born must grow,
reach maturity, die, and leave behind the seeds of a new
- Beginners belt colour. White
represents a primitive stage of achievement. Thus, the
seed as it lies dormant beneath the snows of winter.
- Orange represents new growth
which appears in spring. Our Tang Soo Do knowledge
begins to reveal itself.
- Green represents the speedy
development of youth as summer arrives.
- Brown represents power,
stability, agility, weight and wisdom. This is a
stabilizing stage, both mentally and physically,
analogous to the plants which curtail their growth and
prepare to flower in late summer.
- Red represents blood, life,
energy, attention and control. The student's power and
techniques begin to bloom and ripen.
- Dark blue represents maturity,
respect, honor. Our dark blue belt is given to the Cho
Dan Bo or black belt candidate. He must now prepare mind
and body to attain black belt.
- Black represents mastery,
calmness, dignity, sincerity. Black belt is the final
stage of one life cycle and the beginning of the next.
Thus, we see that it is not only the end of one stage
but, more importantly, the beginning of a path which
leads up through the ranks of the higher black belts to