Good afternoon, everyone! I'm probably going to get nicknamed for the length of my posts someday, but here's another big one... hehe I am very curious to know how everyone's ranking systems were organized and the approximate, if not exact, time in training one should have. Any philosophical meaning behind the ranking you can provide would be interesting too! I'll begin with ours, and perhaps you could follow the same format, if you're not sure how you'd like to present it. System: Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan All stripes are .5" thick, appear on the practitioner's left belt end, the first being two inches from the tip and each stripe after that being .5" away from the next 10th Gup - White Belt 9th Gup - White Belt w/ one blue stripe (Approx. 6 Wks of Training) 8th Gup - Orange Belt (Approx. 3 Months of Training) 7th Gup - Orange Belt w/ one blue stripe (Approx. 6 Months of Training) 6th Gup - Green Belt (Approx. 9 Months of Training) 5th Gup - Green Belt w/ one blue stripe (Approx. 12 Months of Training) 4th Gup - Green Belt w/ two blue stripes (Approx. 15 Months of Training) 3rd Gup - Red Belt (Approx. 18 Months of Training) 2nd Gup - Red Belt w/ one blue stripe (Approx. 24 Months of Training) 1st Gup - Red Belt w/ two blue stripes (Approx. 30 Months of Training) Cho (Beginner) Dan - Midnight Blue Belt (Minimum 42 Months of Training) After Cho Dan, each rank's test is the same number of years apart as the degree you're testing for. 2 Years to Ee Dan, 3 More to Sam Dan, and there is no skipping ranks. Ee (2nd) Dan - Midnight Blue Belt w/ two white stripes Sam (3rd) Dan - Midnight Blue Belt w/ three white stripes Sa (4th) Dan and Higher (Master) - Midnight Blue Belt with a Solid Red line running through the middle for the entire length of the belt. After Sa (4th) Dan ranking, there is no addition of stripes. Our belt color philosophy is this: White belt represents winter, a seaon where all potential is hidden, like the plants that could sprout if the ground were not covered with snow. Orange belt wasn't an official rank until 1975, likely because American practitioners couldn't see being a white belt for 9 months. Green belt represents spring, a season of renewal and liveliness. By this rank, practitioners should be more comfortable with the techniques they've learned. Red belt represents summer, where students should feel fiery and active with everything they posess. The Midnight Blue belt represents Autumn, when it's time to harvest everything you put into the past seasons. Blue is also the color of knowledge, the tranquil sea, or the night sky. Dan members should be knowledgeable but calm and mature. A master's midnight blue belt with the red stripe through the middle represents "Neh Kahng, Weh Yu," or "Inside Strong, Outside Gentle."