1st Dan Black Belt

Black is the opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in taekwon-do. It also indicates the wearer’s imperviousness to darkness and fear. — Choi

Black belt fever. It’s the belt most recognized and most desired. For some, it’s a rush to get one. For others it’s a long, winding road. Black is the color most people associate with the martial arts. To a nonmartial artist, to have a black belt is to have mastered the art. To a student, it symbolizes true learning just beginning. As my instructor puts it, “A black belt is just another piece of cloth. You can buy one at any supply store — but to earn it, to earn the right to wear it, that’s another issue.”

In the Western world, black is the color of death or nothingness. It is not so in the Eastern countries. In Asia, black is the color of wisdom, silence and eternity. Black is the mystery of the ninjas, the inky color of a moonless night. The color of most graduation gowns, it is also wisdom and depth of knowledge. Black leather covers are the most common for that of a Bible. A man’s black book is a treasured item, not to be shared. It is also the color of a priest’s shirt.

Testing for 1st Dan Black Belt:


  • X-Stance
  • Vertical
  • Ready position C


  • Head-face smash
  • Chicken wrist


  • W-block
  • Rising knife hand
  • Low double forearm
  • Low knife hand guarding

Sweeps, Locks & Chokes:

  • Figure 4
  • Arm bar


  • Toi-Gae
  • Hwa-Rang
  • Choong-Moo


  • 5 Self Defense (students own)
  • 10 Defense against a knife
  • Sparring
  • Breaking
    • 2 boards with closed hand
    • 1 brick with open hand (opt)
    • 3 boards with mid-air kick
    • 1 speed break with hand
    • 1 speed break with kick


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Other requirements:

  • $50 fee due at or before testing is started
  • Completed testing forms

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