Meaning of the Green Belt

Growth of power

The color of the growing things reaching upward.

Character Word

1st Level Green - Discipline

The ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses to pursue what one thinks is right.

2nd Level Green - Respect

Differential regard for those more advanced in the study of Taekwondo, its tenets, and those with more life experience.


1st Level Green - Won Hyo

28 movements, right foot returns

Won-Hyo was the noted Monk who introduced Buddhism to the Silla Dynasty in the year 686 A.D.

2nd Level Green - Yul Gok

38 movements, left foot returns

Yul-Gok is the pseudonym of the great philosopher and scholar Yi (1536-1584), nicknamed the "Confucius of Korea". The 38 movements of this pattern refer to his birthplace on the 38th latitude and the (+) diagram represents scholar.