ATA Ranks and Forms

The concept of belts and rank is probably one that most people associate with Taekwondo and martial arts in general, even if they only have a passing interest in the subject.

In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member's proven level of competence and (just as importantly) the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect.

It is also worth noting that achieving a belt isn't just a matter of "spending enough time" in a previous belt. In order to achieve their next rank, a student must demonstrate their proficiency in their current belt's techniques, to include Basic Moves, Sparring, and Forms.

Click on the  PDF file (Form Name) for each belt rank's printable sheets

Belt Pattern Meaning/Philosophy

white belt
WHITE BELT
SONGAHM 1
18 moves

Songahm 1 "Pure and without knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo."
This is when the seed is planted and nourished by the student and instructor to develop strong roots.
orange belt
ORANGE BELT
SONGAHM 2

23 moves
Songahm 2 "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 beginning student sees the beauty of the art of taekwondo but has yet experienced the power in the technique.
yellow belt
YELLOW BELT
SONGAHM 3
28 moves
Songahm 3 "The seed is beginning to see the sunlight."
The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo.
 camo belt
CAMO BELT
SONGAHM 4

31 moves
Songahm 4 "The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must fight its way upwards."
The student begins to realize his/her place in the world's martial art. The student must now begin to spar in order to be promoted in rank.
green belt
GREEN BELT
SONGAHM 5

34 moves
Songahm 5 "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.
white belt
PURPLE BELT
INWHA 1

44 moves
InWha 1 "Coming to the mountain. The tree is in mid-growth and now the path becomes steep."
The student has crossed over into a higher level of Songahm Taekwondo. The techniques, forms and level of sparring beome more difficult, creating a "mountain" that must be overcome.
blue belt
BLUE BELT
INWHA 2

42 moves
InWha 2 "The tree reaches for the sky towards new heights."
Having passed the mid-way point, the student focuses his/her energy upwards toward black belt.
brown belt
BROWN BELT
CHOONG JUNG 1

44 moves
CHOONG JUNG 1 "All things turn out perfect and beautiful. The tree is firmly rooted in the earth."
At this point the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in taekwondo.
red belt
RED BELT
CHOONG JUNG 2

46 moves
CHOONG JUNG 2 "The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished."
The first day (the period of time from white to red belt) of growth is coming to an end. The physical skill has been developed, but lacks control; therefore, physical and mental discipline must now be achieved.
rec. black belt
REC. BLACK BELT
CHOONG JUNG 2

46 moves
CHOONG JUNG 2 "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.
black belt
1st DEGREE BB
SHIM JUN
81 moves
1st degree BB "Planting seeds for the future."
Interpretation is a new role of loyalty through physical and mental training.
black belt
2nd DEGREE BB
JUNG YUL
82 moves
2nd degree BB "With your noble character, you will develop a new permanence in your life."