The Korean martial art Choi Kwang Do uses the belt color system to denote your rank (progression). This method of grading is often used in many other martial arts and is based on the obi which was first introduced by Kanō Jigorō, the founder of Judo and has been widely adopted by most martial arts.
As a Choi Kwang Do student progresses through the curriculum the process of grading occurs to test the student's skills alongside their discipline, leadership skills and humility. The rank (belt) achieved should always be looked upon as an honour; it is not a 'status symbol' and should in no way be treated this way.
The belt system works through the colours starting with white belt, then white belt senior (denoted by the black stripe), then yellow belt and so on all the way to black belt (known as IL Dan). On average it takes approximately 3 years for a student to progress through the colour belts and reach 1st Degree Black Belt rank based on attendance, attitude and technical knowledge / ability.
Gradings at Tipson CKD are held on a monthly basis and in order to grade a student will need to be put forward by the recommendation of a Head Instructor. There is a minimum of 12 classes between each grading.