The colour "Blue" in Chinese/Taiwanese Culture

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The colour "Blue" in Chinese/Taiwanese Culture

Postby shifu » 20 Dec 2011, 07:27

Hi,

Can anyone tell me the value and or significance/meaning of the colour "Blue" in Chinese?Taiwanese culture, ranking etc?

I am very interested in this form a cultural and Martial Arts level and would appreciate any and all information and discussion.
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Re: The colour "Blue" in Chinese/Taiwanese Culture

Postby Confuzius » 23 Dec 2011, 00:43

shifu wrote:Hi,

Can anyone tell me the value and or significance/meaning of the colour "Blue" in Chinese?Taiwanese culture, ranking etc?

I am very interested in this form a cultural and Martial Arts level and would appreciate any and all information and discussion.


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Re: The colour "Blue" in Chinese/Taiwanese Culture

Postby golf » 23 Dec 2011, 01:20

Belt system in different countries vary. In the US, it is like this: http://65.61.16.97/mt/Belts.asp

But in Taiwan, take a look, you can see a little different: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%B7%86% ... 7%E8%A1%A8

But the meanings of the colors are the same. And I believe that over black belt the ranking is the same in all countries, because level 4 and up must be certified by World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

There are similar belt systems in Karate and Judo too.
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Re: The colour "Blue" in Chinese/Taiwanese Culture

Postby Confuzius » 23 Dec 2011, 13:21

golf wrote:Belt system in different countries vary. In the US, it is like this: http://65.61.16.97/mt/Belts.asp

But in Taiwan, take a look, you can see a little different: http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%B7%86% ... 7%E8%A1%A8

But the meanings of the colors are the same. And I believe that over black belt the ranking is the same in all countries, because level 4 and up must be certified by World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

There are similar belt systems in Karate and Judo too.


Hmmmmm.....

I am not so sure how "universal" the belt system was until modern times. As far as I know (and I of course could be wrong here...) its a pretty modern invention, so I would not put too much stock on there being any actual significance to the color.

From what I have heard by most martial artists, back in the old days, you started off with a white belt, to keep your suit closed. After training, sweating, bleeding and being all nasty for years, the belt turned black.

Many chinese martial arts do not use a belt system at all.

And I know of martial arts that do use a belt system, but it goes white->green->green->green->green->->green->green->green->BLACK (Bujinkan Ninjutsu)

Soyeah, I think the whole belt thing is pretty new...its good for marketing. I seriously doubt the medieval samurai were given different colored belts as they studied (again, could be wrong....but from EVRERYTHING I have heard, read and experienced, the belts are just for us soft modern folk to give us instant gratification)

BTW, I responded to your "significance of 5 & 3" question last night, since I just discovered it.
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