White - signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo.
Yellow - signifies the Earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do foundation is being laid.
Green - signifies the plant’s growth as the Taekwondo skill begins to develop.
Blue - signifies the heaven, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses.
Red - signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
Black - opposite to white, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.
In Taekwondo, each title is given to the following rank:
- 1st - 3rd Degree National Instructor - Boosabum
- 4th - 6th Degree International Instructor - Sabum
- 7th - 8th Degree Master Instructor - Sahyun
- 9th Degree Grand Master - Saseong
Suit (Do Bok)
The modern do bok retains the aspects of the traditional do bok while representing a new age in terms of design. It eliminates many of the inconveniences associated with other martial art uniforms. It will not, for instance, become undone during practice or tournament. The wearing of the do bok should instill pride in the student as a practitioner of Taekwon Do.
- It identifies the degree of skill and cultural education in TKD that the individual has attained.
- The style of the do bok is symbolic of TKD heritage and tradition.
- Do Bok and degree changes indicated by belt colour create incentive while simultaneously preserving humility.
The white colour of the do bok symbolizes the traditional colour of the Korean costume. Black piping around the edge of the shirt is worn only by the black belt holder. The piping is 5cms in width and is symbolic of the royal family and members of the aristocratic houses during the Koguryo, Baekje and Silla Dynasties. The 4th Degree and above is distinguished by black stripes on both sides of the shirt and pants.