“Pure and without knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo. As with the Pine Tree, the seed must now be planted and nourished to develop strong roots.”
The student has no knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo and begins with a clean and pure slate.
The sun is beginning to rise. As with the morning’s dawn, only the beauty of the sunrise is seen rather than the immense power.”
The beginner student sees the beauty of the art of Taekwondo, but has not yet experienced the power in the technique.
“The seed is beginning to see the sunlight.”
The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo.
“The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must now fight its way upwards.”
The student begins to realize his/her place in the world’s largest martial art. The student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank.
“The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength.”
The students technique is developing power. The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison.
“Coming to the mountain. The tree is mid-growth and now the path becomes steep.”
The student has crossed over into a higher level of Songahm Taekwondo. The techniques, forms and level of sparring become more difficult creating a “mountain” that must be overcome.
The tree reaches for the sky towards new heights.”
Having passed the med-way point, the student focuses his/her energy upwards toward black belt.
CHOONG JUNG 1
“The tree is firmly rooted in the earth.”
At this point the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in Taekwondo.
CHOONG JUNG 2
“The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished.”
The first day (the period from white belt to red belt) of growth is coming to an end. The physical skill has been developed but lacks control; therefore, physical and mental discipline must now be achieved.
(1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT RECOMMENDED)
CHOONG JUNG 2
“The dawn of a new day. The sun breaks through the darkness.”
The previous day has ended giving way to a new dawn. The student must begin a new phase of training, that of being a black belt.
1ST DEGREE BLACK BELT DECIDED
“The tree reached maturity and has overcome the darkness. It must now begin to ‘plant seeds for the future’.”
The color black is created when all the colors of the light spectrum have been absorbed into an object. That object has “taken control” of the colors and retained them. If one color was to “escape”, the object would no longer be black. The student has mastered the nine grades of Taekwondo. He/she has “absorbed” all the knowledge of the color ranks and has overcome or “mastered” those levels of training.
2ND DEGREE BLACK BELT
“With your noble character, you will develop a new permanence in your life.”
3RD DEGREE BLACK BELT
“Peace of mind & tranquility.”
4TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
“Crest of Granite Mountain.”
You will live comfortably and in peace.
5TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
“Mastered all kinds of knowledge and utilizes this to do many things.”
6TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
7TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
“A project of self awareness towards an individuals future leadership role within Songahm Taekwondo