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GHA Belt System, Ranking and Belt Promotion, Test Regulations.

The GHA Hapkido belt system is consists of 9 GUP or colored belts, which represent your different grades. Here are the Hapkido technics Hoshinsul (Self-Defenes) Pal Chagi(Kicking Techniques) KumsulChigi (Hand Techniques) Makki (Blocking Techniques) Nak Bop(Falling Techniques) Kyokpa (Breaking Techniques)Kyurogi (sparring) requirements for your belt promotion test. Of course, there are other requirements also for Hapkido Students to perform. Belt promotion represents advancements in you current rank and to show your developments towards black belt. When you reached black belt, your belt ranking will be totally different. Here they are:

White Belt

white belt

Pure and without the knowledge of Hapkido. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must now be planted and nourished to develop strong roots. The student has no knowledge of Hapkido and begins with a clean (pure) slate. Purity is often signified by the color white.

Yellow Belt

yellow belt

Yellow signifies the first beam of sunlight which shines upon the seed giving it new strength with the beginning of new life. A yellow belt student is given his/her first ray of knowledge, opening his mind, from an instructor.

Orange Belt

orange belt

The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning’s dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power.

The beginner student sees the beauty of the art of Hapkido but has not yet experienced the power of the technique. Orange is found among the many colors of the sunrise.

Green Belt

green belt

The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength.

The student’s technique is developing power. The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison. As the pine tree develops, it sprouts green pine needles.

Blue Belt

blue belt

The tree reaches for the sky toward new heights.

Having passed the mid-way point, the student focuses his/her energy upward toward black belt. The sky appears as blue.

Pink Belt

pink belt

Evening sun, strengthening of roots, foundation, earth, resolve.

Brown Belt

brown belt

Evening sun, strengthening of roots, foundation, earth, resolve.

Red Belt

red belt

Red signifies the red-hot heat of the Sun as the plant continues growing toward it. A red belt student is higher in rank, he/she acquires more detailed knowledge and, just as the plant grows slowly toward the Sun, so the red belt student learns to be more cautious as his/her knowledge and physical abilities increase.

Red/Black Belt: Poom (for less than 12 old years)

red blck belt

The dawn of a new day. The sun breaks through the darkness.

The previous day has ended, giving way to a new dawn. The student must begin a new phase of training; that of being a black belt. The red is the sun (in a sunrise) as it breaks through the black of night.

Black Belt

blck belt

The tree has reached maturity and has overcome the darkness... it must now ‘plant seeds for the future.’

The color black is created when all the colors of the light spectrum have been absorbed into an object. That object has taken control of the colors and retained them. If one color was to escape, the object would no longer be black but would appear as that color. The student has mastered the nine gup (grades) of Taekwondo. He/she has absorbed all the knowledge of the color ranks and overcome or mastered that level or training. The colors of the spectrumare bound together and are not reflected off an object, resulting in the absence of color which we call black.

Schedule related to the colored belts promotion

RankBelt ColorMinimum TermTotal Training Time
9th & 8th GupWhite to Yellow5 month8 month
7th GupYellow to Orange8 month12 month
7th GupOrange to Green12 month18 month
6th GupGreen to Blue18 month24 month
3rd, 4th & 5th GupBlue to Pink /Brown to Red24 month30 month
1st & 2nd GupRed to Red with Black Belt stripe30 month48 month

Schedule related to the Dan promotion

1sd Dan (Il Dan) Black Belt

Approximately 5 years from the beginning of Hapkido training.
Minimum age 13 years old.

2nd Dan (Ee Dan) Black Belt

Approximately 2 years of continued training after receiving the 1th Dan.
Minimum age 15 years old.

3rd Dan (Sam Dan) Black Belt

Approximately 3 years of continued training after receiving the 2nd Dan.
Minimum age 20 years old.

4th Dan (Sa Dan) Black Belt

Approximately 4 years of continued training after receiving the 3rd Dan.
Minimum age 23 years old.

5th Dan (Oh Dan) Black Belt

Approximately 5 years of continued training after receiving the 4th Dan.
Minimum age 27 years old.

6th Dan (Yook Dan) Black Belt

Approximately five years of continued training after receiving the 5th Dan.
Minimum age 32 years old.

7th Dan (Chil Dan) Black Belt

Approximately six years of continued training after receiving the 6th Dan.
Minimum age 38 years old.

8th Dan (Pal Dan) Black Belt

Approximately seven years of continued training after receiving the 7th Dan.
Minimum age 46 years old.

9th Dan (Koo Dan) Black Belt

Approximately eight years of continued training after receiving the 8th Dan.
Minimum age 55 years old.

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