The importance of the white belt is often disregarded. It is the lowest belt in the martial arts hierarchy. Therefore, students are generally in a big hurry to leave the starkness of it behind.
Setting the Stage
As a new student, you will do anything to avoid the perceived looks you get as the newbie. The stares you get, because you are the person with the least experience. However, this is the wrong attitude to have towards the beginner stage of your martial arts journey. The skills and lessons you learn at white belt set the stage for the rest of your martial arts life.
What does the White Belt Represent?
Yes, wearing the white belt signifies innocence and purity in the martial art. However, it also stands for a lot more. It represents your decision to embark on something new. It’s a promise to yourself to commit, learn and become disciplined in your actions. You are inviting in new experiences. You are entering an unknown environment and having the courage to step out of your comfort zone. Most of all, it is about humility.
Wear it with Pride
The white belt is, in many ways, more important than any other. You shouldn’t rush to move beyond white belt too soon. You should spend ample time on the belt to receive the full benefits and lessons that it offers. Martial arts training is not just about the physical side but the mental, too. The white belt will often be more about mental training and adjustment than building up physical capability.
You should wear the white belt with pride!
Enjoy the journey!