What is Tae Kwon Do?
It is a form of marital art training from Korea that is over 2000 years old. It aims to achieve a student's development in courtesy, integrity, self confidence, self control, perseverance, commitment, and unbreakable spirit. Tae Kwon Do is NOT a cult or religious sect nor is it, as the movies depict, a violent militant group that teaches students to beat up people. Tae Kwon Do IS a very sensible method of consistent mental and physical training that is a year-round, life-time system of exercise and personal development.
What is the belt for?
Belts are goals that are set for students to meet on their road to Tae Kwon Do training and personal improvement. To obtain the first belts, the goals are more easily met and involve more help from the instructor. Techniques are fairly simple early on and increase in difficulty as the
students’ progress. Each student will progress at the speed that is equal to his or her personal abilities. There are ten belts, or goals in the sequence starting with white on up to the black belt -- the ultimate goal.
How are the belts ranked?
Beginners will achieve their first belt early in their Tae Kwon Do training starting with white and on to orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, purple trim, brown, red, and finally black. Juniors, or students under the age of 16, will earn a Junior Black Belt, or Poom. Adults earn a first degree
Black Belt, or 1st Dan. Black Belts are ranked from 1st, 2nd, 3rd. A 4th degree is considered a Master Instructor. A 5th degree is a Kwan Jang Nim (or President of an Association). The 8th and 9th degrees are Grand Masters and are the highest tested Ranks. The highest rank of distinction is 10th degree black belt who is considered to be a Great Grand Master.
What does certification mean?
In Lee's Tae Kwon Do system, colored belt ranks are certified, or officially recognized, through the Lee's Tae Kwon Do Association. Because Grand Master Lee is a Certified Examiner for the Kukkiwon,
all the colored belt rankings certified are officially recognized world-wide as official rank, whether it is a white belt or a 2nd Dan. The Black Belts are certified thought the World Tae Kwon Do Federation upon the recommendation of Grand Master Lee. Black Belts are certified and
registered with the Kukkiwon in Korea, the World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters. The World Tae Kwon Do Federation is the only martial art recognized and accepted by the International Olympic
Committee. The president of the WTF and the Kukkiwon, Dr. Un Yong Kim, is now also the vice president of the International Olympic Committee that has authorized Tae Kwon Do as an Olympic sport beginning in 2000.
Can someone compete on the state, national, or international level?
If someone is interested in a higher level of competition, Grand Master Lee's programs can prepare a student who has the interest, desire, and ability. Students, both male and female, of Lee's Tae Kwon Do Association have competed in State and National Competitions and fared very well at that level.
What is a Black Belt?
A Junior Black Belt (Poom) or Adult Black Belt (Dan) is a student recognized for their commitment to Tae Kwon Do who has achieved a high level of proficiency and knowledge in the art of kicking
and punching. This proficiency includes speed, accuracy, strength, and thorough knowledge of a large amount of techniques, both theory and application, as well as information and history. A Black Belt is worn by a person who possesses the qualities of courtesy, integrity, self-control,
perseverance and indomitable spirit in addition to demonstration a knowledge and understanding of the aspects of Tae Kwon Do as presented to them by their instructor.