Taekwondo’s Belt System has been an important part of Taekwondo tradition since the 1940s. Students and practitioners are honored with belts and ranks for being disciplined, skilled, and dedicated to their art.
The length of time it takes to earn a black belt in Taekwondo depends on the age, dedication, and ability of the student, as well as the standards of the martial arts school issuing the black belt.
According to long-standing Taekwondo tradition, you should not wash your Taekwondo belt. It is said that if you wash your Taekwondo belt you are washing away all the knowledge you have gained in Taekwondo up to that point.
Testing for a martial arts belt is an honor and a privilege. It’s an opportunity for students to discover for themselves what they have learned and the extent of their abilities. Moving through the belt colors (belt ranks) is a wonderful part of a martial artist’s journey.