Cho Dan - 1st Degree Black Belt
Midnight Blue represents Autumn – it reflects maturity, calm, passiveness, and the time of harvest. It is the color of the clear evening sky. It symbolizes a goal that the plant strives to reach, yet may never attain – infinity and moving to perfection. It is this Quest for Perfection that epitomizes Tang Soo Do.
A practitioner of Tang Soo Do must never be satisfied or complacent. Rather he/she must continually strive to be better. This is why the final belt in Tang Soo Do is midnight blue and not black. Black symbolizes mastering of everything – death and finality. Black cannot be altered by adding any other color – it is always black. On the other hand, one can add more color to navy blue to make it darker and darker.
The training of a Tang Soo Do black belt is never final. A true Black belt never stops learning, training or improving his/her technique – never becomes stagnate in his/her physical, mental and spiritual ability. Midnight Blue is the last color change which is reflected not only in the belt color change, but an addition of the Midnight Blue to the trim of the student’s uniform. The student enters the “Dan” system of ranking and a new journey of enlightenment begins.