Anytime we want to do well in something, we have to put in all of our efforts. This is why getting a new belt color in martial arts is such a big deal. It is something that usually requires a ceremony with friends and family there to watch it. The people who start earning some of the highest colored belts are usually there with the most family since everyone knows it takes so much effort to reach where they are. Therefore, when someone is preparing for a belt ceremony, there are a lot of things to do.
Belt Meanings and Significance
When you hear of someone who talks about their belt, you should know what they mean. It is an indication of how devoted they are to the sport. A white belt symbolizes that they are new to it and a yellow belt means that they have learned the basic skills. As a person grows and is able to master 10 different self-defense moves, they will be given the orange belt. Green is reserved for those that continue to grow and refine their skills. Blue is a continued growth and purple signifies that they can transition to more advanced moves. If they continue to mature, the person will then receive a brown belt with a red one to follow that proves they truly know what they are doing. A black belt understands the physical and mental teachings of their chosen skill. They are advanced enough to start teaching others about martial arts and can defend themselves regardless of what situation they may face. If someone is devoted to it and take classes two times a week; they can typically earn a black belt in around five years. However, it can take less time if you are extremely diligent or longer if you struggle with certain challenges.
Preparing for the Belt Ceremony
At a belt ceremony, you will have to prove that you are able to handle the responsibility of your new skills. In some cases, this may mean that you will break a board or do some other task to show that you are ready. You will do this in front of your trainer. Your new belt will be given, and you are expected to stay through all others attempting to earn their belt as a sign of respect. Your family can be there watching you as you accept your reward for trying and though you will be wearing your uniform, there are things you can do to set yourself apart from the rest and give yourself a confidence boost before you take center stage. If you are a man, you may have nice clothes under your robe so that afterward, you can celebrate. Women can do the same, but they can also wear makeup and may even have eyebrow blading done before the ceremony. This will be appreciated by your trainer as well.
Prove Your Ability
Whether you are a white belt or a black belt, it is significant. A white belt who is just starting to learn has proven that they want more for themselves. A black belt owner has proven they are dedicated to martial arts, their body, and their mind. In all cases, you should be proud of yourself and be ready to embrace what you know about martial arts.