Philosophy Behind Belt Colors PDF Print E-mail

The Taegeuk and Um-and-Yang instructs us that life is cyclical (no beginning and no ending). It is the perpetual and dynamic alternation of opposites (sky and earth, male and female, light and darkness, good and evil). This is the philosophical and rationale for the colors of the ranking belts (white, yellow, green, blue, red, and black). These represent the cycle of life of animals and plants (birth, growth, maturation, and death). Thus death is not an ending, but another beginning. The cycle repeats, never ending. Thus has generated all the phenomena of man and the universe.


White light gives the appearance of purity and brilliance, but when directed though a prism, we can see that it is composed of all the colors of the spectrum. So it is that the beginner, whose visions are pure and pristine; when it is directed through the prism of training with sincerity and effort, we can see that his essence is potential. He is the seed hidden beneath the winter's snow.


This represents the warmth of the winter's sun that melts the winter's snow and allows the seed to germinate. This is the birth of conscious and purposeful action.


This is the color of the sprout and represents the spring when growth and activity abound.


This is the color of youth, ambition, and rapid growth. The seedling is now reaching for the blue sky.


This represents the summer's sun that swelters with the intensity of the flowering arts.


This is the color of mastery. No color added to this color can change or improve it. This completes a cycle that is now begun again.