Belts show, but they do not prove you know
Within your martial art organization, martial art school, family, friends, and yourself, you may hold a certain rank and have all that rank's responsibilities, privileges, and prestige. However, in the minds of the rest of the people in the world, your rank only means what they think it means. It may mean a lot to them, or it may mean nothing; so do not expect them to treat you any differently than they would treat an ordinary person.
Within the Taekwondo belt/rank system, each student who stays in training will:
- Begin training as a 9th or 10th gup (class) white belt,
- Progress through the color gup belts,
- Earn a 1st dan (degree) black belt, and
- May conceivably eventually progress to the highest rank, 9th degree black belt (10th degree is some organizations).
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