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BELT PATTERN MEANING/PHILOSOPHY

WHITE BELT
SONGAHM 1

18 moves
"Pure and without knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo."
This is when the seed is planted and nourished by the student and instructor
to develop strong roots.

ORANGE BELT
SONGAHM 2

23 moves
"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 beginning student sees the beauty of the art of taekwondo but has yet experienced the power in the technique.

YELLOW BELT
SONGAHM 3

28 moves
"The seed is beginning to see the sunlight."
The student begins to understand the basics of Taekwondo.

CAMO BELT
SONGAHM 4

31 moves
"The sapling is hidden amongst the taller pines and must fight its way upwards."
The student begins to realize his/her place in the world's martial art. The student must now begin to spar in order to be promoted in rank.

GREEN BELT
SONGAHM 5

34 moves
"The pine tree is beginning to develop and grow in strength."
The student's technique is developing power. The components of the basic techniques are beginning to work in unison.

PURPLE BELT
INWHA 1

44 moves
"Coming to the mountain. The tree is in 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 beome more difficult, creating a "mountain" that must be overcome.

BLUE BELT
INWHA 2

42 moves
"The tree reaches for the sky towards new heights."
Having passed the mid-way point, the student focuses his/her energy upwards toward black belt.

BROWN BELT
CHOONG JUNG 1

46 moves
"All things turn out perfect and beautiful. The tree is firmly rooted in the earth."
At this point the student has mastered the basics and developed deep roots in taekwondo.

RED BELT
CHOONG JUNG 2

46 moves
"The sun is setting. The first phase of growth has been accomplished."
The first day (the period of time from white 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.

REC. BLACK BELT
CHOONG JUNG 2

81 moves
"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 BB
SHIM JUN

81 moves
"Planting seeds for the future."
Interpretation is a new role of loyalty through physical and mental training.

2nd DEGREE BB
JUNG YUL

82 moves
"With your noble character, you will develop a new permanence in your life."

In Songahm Taekwondo, our belts reflect a member's proven level of competence and (just as importantly) the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ATA'S BELTS AND RANKS

The concept of belts and rank is probably one that most people associate with Taekwondo and martial arts in general, even if they only have a passing interest in the subject.

It is also worth noting that achieving a belt isn't just a matter of "spending enough time" in a previous belt. In order to achieve their next rank, a student must demonstrate their proficiency in their current belt's techniques, to include Basic MovesSparring, and Forms.

Click on the PDF file (Form Name) for each belt rank's printable sheets.

In Songahm Taekwondo

Our belts reflect a member's proven level of competence and (just as importantly) the progression of colors reflects an inner journey that never truly ends. Each belt achieved is truly an accomplishment worthy of respect.

ETIQUETTE

ATA's primary goal for its students in sparring matches is to be safe and have fun. To do that, competitors and spectators are to follow these rules and guidelines:

All sparring students are expected to wear ATA-approved equipment:

  • Head gear
  • Face shield
  • Chest guard
  • Foot gear
  • Hand gear
  • Mouth guard
  • Protective cup (for males)

Students and their parents will practice good sportsmanship by showing discipline, courtesy, and respect. They will refrain from signs of frustration, disgust, or dissatisfaction with the outcome of matches, and they will not show over-exuberance should they or their student win a match.

Competitors will get warnings for these actions:

  • Purposely running out of bounds to avoid the match or fall down to avoid contact or otherwise delaying a match. Going out of bounds or falling in the normal course of the match will sometimes happen. Competitors should know where they are in relation to the ring boundary.
  • Performing fakes to illegal targets
  • Grabbing or holding an opponent, but swatting or closed-hand blocking away kicks and punches is fine.
  • Receiving coaching. Positive cheering is welcome and encouraged. If a spectator is coaching, the chief judge will stop the match and remind them of the rules. Should the coaching continue, the spectator will be asked to leave the ring side or the competition area.

A student always has the right, and the responsibility, to limit the amount of contact during a sparring match. Although color belt sparring is ideally noncontact, contact does occur. If you are uncomfortable with the amount of contact or power, it is your right, and responsibility, for you to ask for less contact or power. No one else will ask for you.

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130,000 active members & over 1 million students trained since 1969.

Each instructor has passed an intensive certification process based on 40 years of tradition, research & development.

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prevent bullying

1 OUT OF 4 KIDS

is a victim of bullying

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42.5% OF TEENS

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25% OF H.S. STUDENTS

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Since 1969, over one million students have trained in one of the 950 ATA Licensed schools. Our students regularly go on to join Ivy schools and become community leaders. The values they learn during their martial arts journey are the same you teach at home and last a lifetime.

3 WAYS OUR TEENS MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES
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TEAMWORK & SOCIAL SKILLS

Social interaction teaches teens how to effectively work as part of a team.

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PHYSICAL FITNESS

Martial arts helps improve coordination and is an excellent form of exercise.

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BUILD HEALTHY HABITS

Building healthy habits early on can help prevent obesity and diabetes later in life.

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AT American Canyon ATA Martial Arts, IT IS OUR MISSION TO HELP YOU RAISE A CONFIDENT,
FOCUSED LEADER WITH THE LIFE-TRANSFORMING EXPERIENCE THAT IS MARTIAL ARTS.

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Life-Long Fitness

Martial arts is an excellent form of exercise. The discipline students learn in their martial arts class will help them stick with their practice as a way to maintain fitness for the rest of their lives.

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Develop Social Skills

For many teens, controlling their emotions in social situations is a challenge. Martial arts helps teens improve their self-control by teaching control of the body. This is a vital skill that teens can carry with them into their adult life, helping them to manipulate their thoughts and emotions more effectively.

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A Strong Sense of Respect

A key component of the martial arts tradition is respect. Students will be taught to respect their instructor, their classmates, and themselves.This sense of respect promotes dignity and well-being among those who practice.

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Build Confidence

In martial arts classes, all students are treated equally. They will engage with a wide range of opponents, giving them a sense of accomplishment as they find success in a variety of situations.

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LOVE this school for our two children! Mr. Ball instills so many great life lessons. From confidence, self esteem, discipline and more, both of our girls have flourished. Our oldest daughter was recently bullied in school and Mr. Ball met with her to help give her some great advice and things she can do to combat these situations. We are so glad to be a part of this school and highly recommend it for any and everyone!

Denise Copeland Mortimore

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I have two Daughters that have been attending this school since they were 4, (they are 6 and 8 now.) Mr. Ball is a 4th degree black belt who is an enthusiastic instructor with tons of patience and is very passionate about martial arts. I have noticed big improvements in both my daughters' attention span, self-confidence, fitness, and attitude. This school teaches self-defense and life skills that would benefit children and people of all ages. Highly recommended! Don't let the affordable price fool you, this is a top-notch school!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our Pre-School program is ages 4-6, while Pre-Teens is Ages 7-12

We offer month to month memberships as well as savings on longer plans

You will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your first class. One of our instructors will call you, or you may call the school directly.

Absolutely not. Although they will learn cool martial arts and self-defense moves, your child will learn how to AVOID fights, not pick them.

Our Martial Arts classes' primary goal is to make sure our students have fun in a playful, safe environment.  Come and see a class for yourself - the kids have a blast and our instructors do too.

No, our classes are a good mix of boys and girls of all fitness levels.  Beginners train alongside some of the more experienced kids, helping each other out in a fun team environment.

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