A common question we receive is “How many belts are there in Hapkido?" and "How long does it take to get to Black Belt?"
Although the colour of your belt is important, it is the skills and multiple physical benefits you develop along the way that are really important. The average person does not achieve a Black Belt. Reaching this level is a monumental step in your martial arts training, one that is earned in every class!
Below are the standard ranks in Hapkido. Note they take approximately 3 months to earn each belt rank. Minimum age guide to achieve Black Belt is 16 which is an average age of physical prowess where one can "hold their own" in sparring and defending against a full grown adult. Children have additional belt ranks within the colours below to achieve this minimum age.
Therefore an average time frame to get from White to Black belt in Hapkido is approximately 4-5 years starting as an adult, 6-7 years starting as a teen and 8-9 years starting as a child.