Taekwondo Belt Colors - which system does your club use?

On this page we describe some common taekwondo belt colors you might wear on your journey to your taekwondo black belt.

And you can tell us the belt system used in your club.



There are usually 10 colored belts or Kup grades for you to work through before you get your black belt.
As a taekwondo white belt student you are a 10th Kup (sometimes Gup).
When you get your next belt you are a 9th Kup.
And the last taekwondo colored belt before black belt is 1st Kup.

Our main taekwondo belts pages contain heaps of information to help you understand what each grade means and what is expected of you at that level.

Here's some common taekwondo belt systems

What's your club's tkd belt system?

Are your taekwondo belt colors different from the one's listed here?

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Tell us about your belt system here.

This is the belt system we used in the UK

  • White Belt
  • White Belt with Yellow stripe or tag
  • Yellow Belt
  • Yellow Belt with Green stripe or tag
  • Green Belt
  • Green Belt with blue stripe or tag
  • Blue Belt
  • Blue Belt with Red stripe or tag
  • Red Belt
  • Red Belt with Black stripe or tag
  • Black Belt

Are you proud of your taekwondo belts?

Did you know you can display your belts on the wall?

This wooden belt rack has oriental styling - perfect for Eastern martial arts like taekwondo!

This is the system we use now in Australia

  • White Belt
  • Yellow Belt
  • Yellow Belt with Orange Tag
  • Orange Belt
  • Orange Belt with Green Tag
  • Green Belt
  • Green Belt with Blue Tag
  • Blue Belt
  • Blue Belt with Red Tag
  • Red Belt
  • Black Belt

Sewing the tag on your new belt.

Some tkd belts come with a stripe already attached all the way round.
Other times your instructor might give you a tag to attach to your existing belt.
Sew the tag onto your belt about 10cm from one end.
Make sure the ends of the tag are on the back of the belt where the label is.
Use small stitches and make sure the cotton matches the colour of the tag.
Sew neatly and take your time!

This is another common taekwondo belt system

  • White Belt
  • Yellow Belt with one white tag
  • Yellow Belt with two white tags
  • Yellow Belt with three white tags
  • Blue Belt with one white tag
  • Blue Belt with two white tags
  • Blue Belt with three white tags
  • Red Belt with one white tag
  • Red Belt with two white tags
  • Red Belt with three white tags
  • Black Belt

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