LEVELs of advancement
all students below the level of a black belt is considered a "gup". new students begin as a 10TH GUP (WHITE BELT). the gup system counts downward from 10th gup to 1st gup. students have the opportunity to advance to the next level at each test. after reaching THE RANK OF 1ST GUP (RED BELT WITH 2 WHITE STRIPES), a studentS will pre-test for THEIR 1st degree black belt. if they pass the pretest, they will be given a midnight blue stripe and be considered a cho dan bo (candidate for black belt) and eligible to test at the next black belt test, which typically takes place in april and october.
another term used for a person who holds a black belt is a dan member. in tang soo do moo duk kwan, we use a midnight blue belt and uniform trim for our dan members. in most asian cultures, black symbolizes death, the end, or finality to things. we believe that we are always learning and growing so we use midnight blue, which symbolizes the ocean and the nighttime sky and their vastness