Many people associate martial arts with black belts. After all, that’s what you see in the movies. Beyond the practical use of holding up your pants, there is so much more to belt colors than most people realize.

Becks’ Martial Arts is the best martial arts school in Fort Collins. With a wide variety of martial arts classes to suit every need, we are committed to creating a community you can feel at home in. In this blog post, we’ll explore what the different degrees of belts mean in martial arts. Contact us today to learn more!


In martial arts, the belt color itself indicates what rank you are. White belt indicates a beginner and black belt indicates a master of the martial art. However, there are many belt stages in this progression.

Tradition will tell a fanciful tale, full of soil, stains, blood, dirt, sweat, and tears. However, this is not the case at all. In fact, belt colors were not even introduced until the 1880s when Judo became the first martial art to do so. Most other martial arts followed suit until the belt system has become what it is today.


There can be different colors in different martial arts. However, it is universally accepted that a white belt is a beginner belt. The Japanese believe white represents death and black represents life. Hence, a white belt is dying to their old life as they begin to train into a new life. A black belt has many degrees, and it can take a lifetime to achieve the highest. In Taekwondo, the belts can be thus: 

  • No belt
  • White belt
  • Yellow belt
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Red White
  • Red
  • High Red White
  • Black White Belt
  • High Black White Belt

In Taekwondo and most other martial arts, a belt test is held every three months, which allows students a chance to showcase the skills they have learned and move up in rank. These belt tests are generally held on a special day with friends and family invited, as gaining a new rank is a special achievement. Becks’ Martial Arts adheres to this schedule, and belt testing days are some of our favorite. It’s wondrous to see the progress our martial arts students make, and we love to celebrate their achievement.

It’s important to note that different Taekwondo martial arts schools use different color schemes, which is unfortunate.

To achieve a black belt, it takes three to four years of dedication. After that, it becomes harder and harder to achieve more degrees in black belts, with the highest being the 9th degree in Taekwondo. Most people spend a lifetime working towards this goal.


Becks’ Martial Arts in Fort Collins is the best martial arts schools. We love our students and do our best to teach them not only the valuable skills of Taekwondo, a self-defense martial art, but also the tenets of Taekwondo, which include courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. When you join our martial arts school in Fort Collins, you join a community and, ultimately, a family. Contact us today to get started!