What is a Taekwondo belt called in Korean?

In Korean, a Taekwondo belt is called a 띠 ti.

This is pronounced tee, like ‘tea’ (the drink), and not tai. The ‘t’ sound should also be pronounced tense.

ti refers to a belt of any colour. To reference a specific colour of belt, add a colour adjective before it:

  • 흰 띠 huin ti – white belt
  • 파란 띠 paran ti – blue belt
  • 검은 띠 gomun ti – black belt

What should you not say?

Do not call a Taekwondo belt an obi. This is a Japanese term that’s used in Karate to refer to the belt. In Taekwondo only Korean terms should be used.

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