Grades and Belt System

All grades received under Munster Martial Arts are internationally certified by Munster Martial Arts and our affiliates in the Intercontinental Tang Soo Do Association under Grand Master Giacobbe 8th Dan Black Belt. Grand Master Giacobbe is a recognised world leader in the modern development of Tang Soo Do.

The Tang Soo Do belt system in its progression from white to midnight blue/black represents the cycle of the seasons and the educational steps of learning. Each color stands for a specific stage of achievement. In this way we realise an essential concept of Korean philosophy, i.e., that which is born must grow and learn and reach maturity. In the World system, the white belt is the first stage of learning and the black belt is a graduate.

The belt system is futher divided as follows:

Rank

Belt

Position

10th Gup White Beginner
9th Gup Yellow Beginner
8th Gup Orange / One White
Stripe
Novice
7th Gup Orange / Two White
Stripes
Novice
6th Gup Green / One White
Stripe
Intermediate
5th Gup Green / Two White
Stripes
Intermediate
4th Gup Green / Three White
Stripes
Intermediate
3rd Gup Red / One White
Stripe
Intermediate
2nd Gup Red / Two White
Stripes
Advanced
1st Gup Red / Three White
Stripes
Advanced
1st Dan Navy Blue or Black/
One Gold or White Stripe
Bo Kyo Sa Nim
Asst. Instructor