In Tang Soo Do, and most other martial arts studies, the white belt is truly the novice or beginning. In the TKA system a white belt is given to the student when the begin their studies. This is not to say there are no requirements that follow the white belt. A student is require to earn three chevrons for there belt before they can be considered for promotion to orange belt. The basic requirements are as follows:
- Blocks – Low Block, Inside to Outside Block.
- Middle Punch
- Forms – Kicho I, Kicho II, Kicho III
A student must learn blocks and punches before attempting the Kicho forms. A chevron will be awarded for the successful completion of each of the Kicho forms. A dedicated student should easily be able to complete these requirements in three months or less.