White belt

White belt

In many martial arts, the white belt is worn by beginners.


Keikogi often will come with a white belt packaged inside. Symbolically, a white belt is sometimes said to represent a tabula rasa, ready to acquire understanding of the art. In some styles, students wear white belts until they receive their first rank of black belt, while in others a range of color is used for different kyu grades (grades before black belt).

In Japanese arts, white belt-wearers are referred to as "mudansha".

In the martial art Tae Kwon Do, the white belt is given, is not earned, and only serves to show that the wearer is a student of Tae Kwon Do.


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