Green Belt

Green signifies the plant’s growth as Taekwon-do skill begins to develop.

“It’s not that easy being green,” sang Kermit the Frog on Sesame Street. Green belt, the third color in the belt system, is where many students drop out. Psychologically it’s a heavier color, denoting the start of true study in taekwon-do. The first of the intermediate colors, it is here that many realize how much there is to learn, how far there is to go and they quit.
But green is the color of spring, of growth and of life itself. Green and blue are the most prevalent colors in nature. Green is the color of shade in a forest, of cool soft grass coated with morning dew, or of spongy moss. It is the green light saying, “GO!” Green Tara is a goddess in Tibetan Buddhism. Best known for helping Sakyamuni reach Buddhahood, Green Tara helped him to avoid the temptations, evils and obstacles that might have diverted him from his Path. Green Tara is also known for curing sickness. The Chinese call her Lu Du Fwo Mu, or the “Green-Colored Mother of the Buddha.”

Testing for Green Belt:


  • Knife hand to the neck
  • Knife hand to the throat
  • Knife hand to the collar bone


  • Guarding block
  • Knife hand guarding  block


  • Step behind
  • Spot push
  • Reverse turning



  • Single arm release – Inside & Outside


  • Meaning of Green Belt
  • Hyong Definition & # of moves
  • Code of Ethics
  • 2 of the 5 tenets of Tae Kwon Do
  • Paper on what Tae Kwon Do means to you
  • 2 hours of community service (Clean up, volunteer, snow shoveling)


  • 1 Board or plastic board break
  • 45 seconds of push ups, sit ups, riding stance (with staff on legs)

Other requirements:

  • $25 fee due at or before testing is started
  • Completed testing forms

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