Meaning of the Blue Belt

Sky and the continued upward attainment

Continued journey reaching upward in growth.


Character Words

1st Level Blue - Perseverance

Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

2nd Level Blue - Integrity

The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.


Patterns

Yong Gum

40 moves, left foot returns

Means Inspiration. With goals firmly in mind, the student must learn to self inspire themselves into action, as they develop a sense of self-worth. Without this, they may never strive for success as they may feel they do not deserve the rewards that accompany achievement.

1st Level Blue - Joong Gun

32 moves, left foot returns

Joong-Gun is named after the patriot Ahn Joong-Gun who assassinated Hiro-Bumi Ito, the first Japanese Governor-General of Korea, known as the man who played the leading part in the Korea-Japan merger.  The 32 movements represent Ahn Joong-Gun's age when he was executed at Lui-shung prison (1910).

2nd Level Blue - Toi Gye

37 moves, right foot returns

Toi-Gye is the pen name of the noted scholar Yi Hwang (16th Century), and authority on Neo-Confucianism.  The 37 movements refer to his birth place on the 37th latitude.  The diagram (+) represents "scholar".