Explanation of belt colors

Dr. Andreas Held

WHITE: Stands for purity and inexperience ...The student should soak up all the knowledge they can acquire!

WHITE-YELLOW: Yellow is the color of the foundation, the soil, the earth... The student has gained certain basic techniques and can execute them.

YELLOW: The foundations of the basic techniques are in place...Now the soil must be ploughed properly and made fertile...Hard work is required!

GREEN-YELLOW: The soil is now fertile and the seeds can be sown... The knowledge gained can be refined to perfection.

GREEN: The soil bears fruit... The student has now started to gain detailed knowledge.

GREEN-BLUE: The student is ripe, the plants are blooming, everything is prepared for growth...the basic techniques are settled and the student is physically very fit!

BLUE: On the one hand, blue stands for water, which symbolizes the fluidity of movement that the student has obtained. On the other, it stands for the sky. Now the student has an overview of the things he/she has learned the ability to carry out movements without having to think about them. He can thus turn his attention to essential elements within his environment...The student is now ready to carry out complex techniques and react against a real opponent!

BLUE-RED: Is the colour of opposites: the elements of water and fire are contrasting to one another. These are the colours of the UM-YANG. Fire should gain the upper hand here and evaporate the water...Hard training is required along with specific attention to speed and reaction!

RED: The colour of fire stands for danger. The student has now evolved into a serious weapon and should keep in mind, that in case of an emergency, their execution of the acquired thechniques could lead to serious injuries of others. The student has optimized their reaction, perception, speed and, above all else, an exceptional force should exist behind these techniques. The student now must learn how to control these abilities.  

RED-BLACK: The basic material of the sword for the colour black is laid in the embers. The aim is to get the embers as hot as possible through intense and agile training! The student must constantly on perfecting their technique.

BLACK 1. DAN: The sword is finished, but crude...The, now, master must work hard on him/herself for two years!

BLACK 2. DAN: The sword is now harder and sharper...The master must now work hard on him/herself for three or more years!

BLACK 3. DAN: The sword has become even harder and sharper and now has decorations on the grip...The master must now work on him/herself for another four years!
BLACK 4. DAN: The sword has reached a new levels of hardness and sharpness and the decorations on the grip are more detailed ...The master must now work hard for five years on himself and finds his own individual style and uniqueness.

BLACK 5. DAN: The sword has reached its maximum hardness and sharpness and the decorations on the grip are truly individual...a unique shape has been created!

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