Belt system in Taekwondo

HTKD 0497 vyön luovutusThe belt grading system in Taekwondo may vary depending on the master/teacher. The traditional view of Kukkiwon is that all belts before the black belt are beginner's belts and thus regulating them internationally isn't necessary. The minimum requirements for a black belt, however, are defined by Kukkiwon.

The requirements for each belt can be received from the instructor.


Our belt system

The belt system of Helsinki Taekwondo club is as follows:

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Belt promotion tests

Test events for upgrading belts are arranged a few times in a season. The test dates are published in the club's event calendar. The technical details to be mastered in the test are listed on the belt test lists available at the dojang. You should orientate with the technical lists in good time before planned test event. If you are not sure of something, don't hesitate to ask advice from your instructor. Its' good to know, that e.g. poomsae must be performed absolutely right to pass the test.

You can enroll in the belt test event after you have got a permission from your instructor. The deadline for the enrollement is usually one week prior to the test day.

Check list for belt test events:

  • Ask permission from your instructor
  • Enroll on time
  • The training fee is paid
  • The license is paid
  • You have the Taekwondo Passport
  • Belt promotion fee is paid

In the test event you must bring:

  • Dobok
  • Taekwondo Passport
  • Receipt for payments
  • License card
  • Training card
  • Personal protection equipment (arm and shin guard, cup, mouthpiece) and from blue belts also boxing gloves
  • Water bottle and some snack

Further information for payments and license is here. 

HTKD 0548 vyöCan I get a black belt?

Accomplishing a black belt is a natural extension to years (at least 4-5) of purposeful training and could be considered a natural crossroads for your Taekwondo path. After completing the first black belt (1st Dan) exam, the beginner will finally become a real taekwondo pupil, who is expected to try to find his/her own individual path in taekwondo. With the dan-rank also the guidance duties in the club will grow and simultaneously the need for individual training will grow. After you have a black belt, there is no returning to how things used to be. Regardless of the amount of practice or the length of potential pauses, one who has a black belt must always be able to prove that they are worthy of wearing it.

The training and role of a new black belt may differ greatly from one who is preparing for third dan exam. Black belts may have a very different experience of the sport, depending on how much and what kind of training they have done. Therefore, it is perilous to generalize the skills and qualities especially of black belts. Additionally, it is a completely different process to reach the Sabum (Instructor/teacher) rank at 4th dan and above.

Everyone can get a black belt. Getting one requires training hard, humility and patience to work on the sections that the instructor assesses to still needs improvement. The potential of the student is always individually assessed.

Did you know, that a poom-belt for under 15-year-olds is equivalent to a dan-belt for adults. A poom-belt is black-red and it is automatically changed into a black belt when the person turns 15 years old.