At NETKD our students study in a variety of areas including basic
techniques, drills, one-step sparring, forms, self-defense,
free-sparring, breaking, physical and mental fitness, personal
character, and the teaching of others.
In addition to standard
International Tae-Kwon-Do Federation (ITF) training, students learn
techniques drawn from Combat Hapkido, techniques learned from other
disciplines by their fellow students, and from the curriculum of
Tae-Kwon-Do International, a system founded by Master McLinden's own
instructor, Grand Master Scott Kopperud.
As students train, their progress is represented at different intervals
by the awarding of colored belts to mark the journey from beginner to
advanced student and onwards. Listed below are the ranks and belts
that students will earn along their journey.
- (10th geup) White symbolizes innocence, as
that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of
- (9th geup) Yellow
symbolizes the earth, from which a plant sprouts and takes root as
the Tae-Kwon-Do foundation is being laid.
- (8th geup) Green
symbolizes the plant's growth as Tae-Kwon-Do skills begin to
- (7th-6th geup)
Blue symbolizes the heavens, towards which the plant
reaches as it matures into a towering tree as training in
- (5th-3rd geup)
Brown represents the seasoned mature student. It pays
recognition to other martial arts systems that the student should be
incorporating into his/her Tae-Kwon-Do.
- (2nd-1st geup)
Red represents danger, cautioning the student to exercise
self-control. It is at this point that the student must
persevere and develop confidence in themselves to make their next
- (1st-9th dan) Black is the opposite
of white, therefore, signifying maturity and proficiency in
Tae-Kwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to
darkness and fear. It signifies "coming into the light". The
student now begins serious training.
The following system has been instituted for young students with white, yellow, and green belts. The requirements for rank advancement at these levels have been broken down into four separate components. Each component is represented by a different color stripe, as follows:
- Basic Techniques–Blocks & Strikes — BLUE stripe
- Form & Kick Drill — BROWN stripe
- One-Step Sparring & Self-Defense — RED stripe
- Terminology — BLACK stripe
When a student has demonstrated proficiency in one of these areas, he/she will receive the corresponding colored stripe on his/her belt. Once the student has earned all four stripes, he/she will be invited to test for full rank advancement. When a student reaches green belt with
all four stripes, he/she will be invited to test for blue belt at a regular
test, and afterwards will follow the standard rank advancement system.
- Indomitable Spirit
- To train both mind and body through Tae-Kwon-Do
- To be a courageous opponent against untruth
- To promote a friendly relationship amongst all people
- To obey the rules of Tae-Kwon-Do and the instructor