Meaning of Color Belt
Signifies innocence, as that of the beginner student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwon-Do is being laid.
Signifies the plant's growth as Taekwon-Do skills begin to develop.
Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.
Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
Opposite of white, therefore signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do, also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.
The main purpose of the belt in this particular art of self-defence is to represent the philosophical significance of Taekwon-Do practitioner (Taekwon-Doin) as well as to distinguish the rank. Therefore, it was decided at the special meeting of directors held on July 1, 1985 that the belt should be wrapped around the waist only once instead of twice as previously practised.
(Excerpt from Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, by Gen. Choi, p. 373)