Explanation of belt colors

Dr. Andreas Held

WHITE: Stands for purity and inexperience ...The student draws on all the knowledge that he can get!

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

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

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

GREEN: The soil bears fruit... We have 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 top 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, for now the student has an overview of things and the ability to carry out movements without having to think. He can thus turn his attention to essential elements in his environment...The student is now ready to carry out complex techniques and to react against a real opponent!

BLUE-RED: The color of opposites: the elements of water and fire stand in contrast. These are the colors of the UM-YANG. The fire should gain the upper hand here and vaporize the water...Hard training is required with special attention to speed and reaction!

RED: The color of fire stands for danger... the student has by now evolved into a serious weapon and should be aware that in an emergency, the execution of the techniques learned could lead to serious injury...He has optimized his perception, reaction and speed and, above all, there exists an enormous force behind the techniques. The student must now also learn to control these abilities.   

RED-BLACK: The basic material of the sword for the color black is laid in the embers. The aim is to get the embers as hot as possible through hard and fast training! The student works constantly on perfecting technique.

BLACK 1. DAN: The sword is finished, but crude...The master must now work hard for 2 years on himself!

BLACK 2. DAN: The sword is now harder and sharper...The master now works hard for 3 more years on himself!

BLACK 3. DAN: The sword has become even harder and sharper and now has decorations on the hilt...The master now works for 4 more years on himself!
BLACK 4. DAN: The sword reaches yet new levels of hardness and sharpness and the decorations on the hilt become more detailed ...The master now works hard for five years on himself and finds his own individual style and uniqueness.

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

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