The belt ranking and testing system used at Byeonhwa Tang Soo Do is that of the World Tang Soo Do Association. While a belt ranking system is very important, at BTSD it is made clear that the belt itself is not the goal but merely a reflection of the students' dedication and effort. This instills the mindset that foundations have to be solid in order to build qualities like confidence and attention to detail, which is why the concept of "quality over quantity" takes precedence at Byeonhwa Tang Soo Do.
For the Junior student (17 years of age and younger), the path from 10th Gup White belt to 8th Gup Orange belt can take a little longer than at other schools, but it's at this stage that good technique is stressed and enforced while bad habits are identified and eliminated so that by the time the Junior student reaches Green belt level there is very little class time wasted correcting issues and more time given to learning new techniques. All in all, this approach makes future progression at higher ranks much smoother. As seen below, there is an alternate ranking system established by BTSD solely for Junior students that reflects the ideas introduced earlier and was designed to encourage the student by giving them a sense of accomplishment as they begin their journey with Tang Soo Do.
As a student is initially evaluated for entry into BTSD, they are told exactly what the school will deliver, what is expected of the student and how the belt testing cycle is viewed and approached. Nothing is sugar coated, and as stated before, "a student may not be ready for testing just because they think they are or because they paid a testing fee." At times, it may be determined by BTSD that a student needs to wait to test for the next rank outside of the established testing cycle. This will ultimately benefit the student by making absolutely sure that the student will do well on their test and in return they live up to their own expectations and the expectations and standards of BTSD.