Philosophy of Belts

Each belt in the Martial Arts is full of meaning and philosophy. As the belt colors progress from white to black, it symbolizes the knowledge the student has obtained and experienced.

The White belt is the beginning – showing a lack of knowledge. The Black Belt is the highest level – showing a perfection over the beginning level. However, as other arts feel that Black belt is the end, we do not. For the ATA, it is the beginning. The time in a Martial Artists life where he/she is able to truly begin to enjoy the beauty of the art and the amazement of their ability.

To go from rank to rank, there are different time intervals and requirements. Please know, your black belt is waiting for you!


White Orange Yellow
Camo Green Purple
Blue Brown Red
Red/Black Black 1st Degree Black