White signifies birth, or beginning. A white sock student is a beginner in the process of mastery. Everyone in the Techne community is eligible for the white socks.
Green socks represent the growth of a seed that sprouts upward, becoming a plant. Like the sprout, the student is becoming something greater. During this stage, development speeds up greatly.
Gray represents maturity, similar to brown in martial arts. Like the hair turns gray with age and wisdom, this student has matured into something new at this stage in development. The student will begin to see the benefits of his/her work.
Yellow represents sunlight, a symbol of new strength and the beginning of new life. This is the student's progress as he/she starts to gain knowledge and become more skilled.
Blue signifies the sky and continued growth. A student moves upward in development, just as a plant reaches up into the blue sky as it grows. It's important to keep pushing forward during this time.
Red is another representation of the sun, as the student nears it. A red sock student is becoming very advanced. Red is also a sign for danger, signifying the fact that this student will now be able to use the skills they are acquiring on the field.
Orange symbolizes the sun that is growing in power. The orange sock student is improving rapidly and preparing for further development. He/she is no longer a new student.
Purple represents the sky changing color at dawn. The purple sock student is undergoing change as he/she advances and begins to set his/her sights on the black socks. This is now an advanced student of mastery.
A black sock student signifies the first level of mastery. Black signifies darkness beyond the sun. The black sock student may now begin to teach others, but still continues to grow through a never-ending process of added knowledge, enlightenment, and ability.
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