Coloured Belt Rank Requirements
At this level, the focus is on movement patterns, awareness skills, and knowledge of basic Hapkido techniques. Think of it as learning the letters of the alphabet while learning a new language.
Gaining cognitive competence of the fundamentals and perfecting movement patterns. These are usually the white, yellow, or orange belt ranks. Some martial arts styles might use a different belt colour, but they are usually denoted as 9th, 8th, and 7th Geup or Kyu ranks.
Developing a good frame of reference of all fundamental skill sets. Introduction to sparring, resistance training, and traditional Hapkido weapons. At this level, the student is learning to put “letters” together to form “words”.
Keeping with the language analogy, the Hapkido student at the advanced ranks is gradually learning to create “phrases”. The focus at this level is gaining conscious competence in real-time applications of Hapkido techniques, and freestyle sparring. Building a solid foundation in the art in preparation for the Black belt.