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Deconstructing Taekwon-Do

Ranks & Exams

Let Transferring Students Keep Their Belts

Let Transferring Students Keep Their Belts

How much is your taekwon-do belt rank worth to you? I once made a huge mistake when assigning a student’s rank. I made a third degree black belt wear a white belt. He agreed to it at the time, but…
Your Belt is Meaningless, pt. 2: Don’t Train for Rank

Your Belt is Meaningless, pt. 2: Don’t Train for Rank

Unlike a lot of activities, martial arts usually have a built-in motivational system. Belt ranks, because they are inherent indicators of individual progress, allow us to use them as goals. Virtually everyone who joins taekwon-do wants to get their black…
Your Instructor’s Rank is Meaningless

Your Instructor’s Rank is Meaningless

I mentioned in a previous post that I don’t care about your rank; I care about what you know. That statement was aimed at students, but the same is true for instructors. A higher rank doesn’t necessarily give an instructor…
Taekwon-Do Belts Are Expensive

Taekwon-Do Belts Are Expensive

Considering Taekwon-Do clubs all offer the same basic service, they can charge wildly different prices. One club might ask for next to nothing while another down the street charges over $150 a month. Some use contracts to guarantee payment while…
Get Rid of Belt Exams

Get Rid of Belt Exams

Belt exams are a big part of Taekwon-Do. Your belt rank indicates your progress, and exams are how you get to the next level. They’re rites of passage that allow students to feel like they’ve earned the belts around their…
Your Taekwon-Do Belt is Meaningless

Your Taekwon-Do Belt is Meaningless

In Taekwon-Do, belt rank is an immensely important part of the entire experience. When someone finds out that you practice martial arts, I’m willing to bet that one of the first questions they ask is, “What belt are you?” If…