Before black: How belts work.

Everyone’s heard of the Black Belt. But, of course, that’s not where you start. There are several steps along the way. You can think of each as a rung on a ladder. In fact, the “belt ladder” is what we call our progression system. And it includes not only colors, but stripes, each marking the achievement of a new set of skills.

In our Adult Program, students advance in rank one solid color at a time, testing approximately every 3 to 4 months.

In our Junior Program, students must earn a striped belt before testing for the next solid color. The striped belt is the current belt color with the addition of a stripe of the next belt color—this is called the “High Belt” of the current color.

In both our Junior Program and our KneeHigh Ninja Program, students earn a number of achievement tapes before advancing in belt rank. This achievement system was developed to help make sure that each child succeeds not just in Tae Kwon Do, but outside as well. The system’s goal is to help develop positive life skills that are “transferable” from the Tae Kwon Do class to home and school. Achievement tapes are a great way to build children’s self-esteem, as well as help them build a positive attitude. They are awarded at the end of class in front of their peers. This is one way Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do uses positive reinforcement in children’s development.

To learn more about the belt ladder for each age group, take a look at our Program Guides.
> KneeHigh Ninja Program Guide
> Junior and Teen Program Guide
> Adult Program Guide