EUROPEAN HAPKIDO ALLIANCE
Traditional Korean Martial Arts
THE MEANING OF THE BELT COLOURS
White: Signifies innocence and purity, as that of the beginning student who has no knowledge of Hapkido.
Yellow: Signifies the colour of the seed when it is planted, so the Hapkido foundation is being
Orange: Signifies the colour of
the seed as it begins to germinate, therefore the Hapkido skills begin to develop.
Green: Signifies the colour of the leaves as the plant begins to grow, therefore the
Hapkido skills are growing further.
Blue: Signifies the colour of the sky towards which the plant grows into a towering tree
as training in Hapkido progresses.
Red: Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise care and control and warns opponents to stay
away. Red is also the colour of blood and it is at this stage in the students training that he should be able to draw blood from an attacker.
Black: Opposite of white and absorbs all other colours. Signifies maturity and proficiency in
Hapkido. Also signifies the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.