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