The colored belt system represents the progression of a student from white, the innocence of a beginner to the maturity of the black belt, who is impervious to darkness and fear.
The coloured belt sequence from white to black is as follows:
White Belt (10th kup): Signifies innocence, as that of a new student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwondo.
Yellow Tag (9th kup): Interim stage between white belt and yellow belt (white with yellow stripe).
Yellow Belt (8th kup): Signifies earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwondo foundation is being laid. 1st pattern (Taegeuk 1).
Green Tag (7th kup): Interim stage between yellow belt and green belt (yellow with green stripe). 2nd pattern (Taegeuk 2).
Green Belt (6th kup): Signifies the plant’s growth as the Taekwondo skill begins to develop. 3rd pattern (Taegeuk 3).
Blue Tag (5th kup): Interim stage between green belt and blue belt (green with blue stripe). 4th pattern (Taegeuk 4).
Blue Belt (4th kup): Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses. 5th pattern (Taegeuk 5).
Red Tag (3rd kup): Interim stage between blue belt and red belt (blue with red stripe). 6th pattern (Taegeuk 6).
Red Belt (2nd kup): Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away. 7th pattern (Taegeuk 7).
Black Tag (1st kup): Interim stage between red belt and black belt (red with black stripe). 8th pattern (Taegeuk 8).
Black Belt (1st Dan): Opposite of White, therefore signifies the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo. Also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear. All the patterns.