What is the Belt Order in Hapkido?

We are frequently asked, “How many belts are there before I get my Black Belt?” Although the colour of your belt is extremely important, it is the training and skills you develop along the way that are really important.  Achieving a Black Belt is a monumental step in your martial arts training, one that is earned every class!

Here is a break down of the belt order, along with the time usually it takes to achieve it (with regular training), and the self defence techniques you will learn with that belt…

White Belt – Starting Belt

Outside Wrist Single Hand

Outside Wrist Double Hands

Grabbing Behind Belt


Yellow 8 – 3 months

Attacking Joints


Yellow 7 – 6 months

Inside Wrist


Blue 6 – 9 months

Against Punch


Blue 5 –  12 months

Outside Wrist


Blue 4 – 15 months

Sleeves, Shoulder, Neck Band Joint Twists


Red 3 – 18 months

Neckband Single Hand, Double Hands

Grabbing Front Top of Belt & Under

Behind Catching


Red 2 – 21 months

Outside Wrist Double Hand Hittings

Throwing Joint Twist

2 Hands on 1


Red 1 – 2 years

Against Punch & Joint Twists

Catch Whole Body Front & Behind


Bo Dan Black Belt – 2 years 3 months


1st Dan Black Belt – 2 years 6 months

2nd Dan Black Belt  – 4 years

3rd Dan Black Belt  – 6 ½ years

4th Dan Black Belt  – 10 years

5th Dan Black Belt  – 14 ½ years

6th Dan  Black Belt  – 20 years


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