Congratulations on being promoted to 1st Dan Black Belt in Rhee Tae Kwon-Do. This is a great honour and a terrific accomplishment as only approximately 3% of those who begin their training will actually reach this level. But remember, you have now just graduated Primary School and there is a long way to go.
Firstly, place Master Rhee’s name on your left such that when you look down you are reminded who is our Master Instructor. This also means that you will never drag the name of our Master across the floor as you tie your belt.
Pass the long end of the belt twice around your waist, ensuring that the second wrap overlays the first.
Pass the long end of your belt over the short end, completing 2 wraps, then pass it up and under the 2 wraps.
Complete the knot by folding the left end across and under the right end then bringing the right end up through the loop formed. This completes the ‘reef knot’.
Now that the knot is complete, Master Rhee’s name will be on your right and easily read by others who look at your belt. Your own name will be ‘up-side-down’ to others but easily read by yourself and thus an easy reminder for our more ‘senior’ members.
When held such that you can show others the writing upon your belt, all will be reminded that you are a student of Master Chong Hyup Rhee.