Historically, karate was conceived as a full-fledged martial art, in which warriors were trained in hand-to-hand combat, as well as the use of cold, small arms and throwing weapons. In addition, some of the styles included training in various elements of army tactics and many other military subtleties. In any style of karate, psycho-physical training was initially based on the requirements of military affairs.
Don’t think that martial arts are just entertainment or theater. Here, no one wins or loses, because people learn not to fight with each other, but to lead a correct lifestyle.
Despite the fact that in the present world karate is considered, first of all, as a separate sport, it cannot be called an exclusively sports discipline. The main distinction between martial art and martial arts is that their main objective is to defeat the enemy at any cost, while the key task of an athlete is to demonstrate his technical and tactical skills, limited by the rules of the competition, in order to obtain the required number of points. This creates differences in psychological training too.
The belt in karate shows a certain level of athlete achievement in the martial arts. Depending on the skill level, this clothing attribute is divided into two classes:
Kyu – Student belt
Dan – Master belt
Student’s grades start from 9 (kyu) degrees, and then (as professional skills improve) they reach 1 (kyu) degree. That is, the lower the number, the higher the level of the student’s martial art. Upon reaching the highest rank in the student section, the athlete is assigned a dan.
The color of the belt change over time. This indicates that the fighter “does not stand still” and develops not only technical skills but also inner peace.
Below is the sequence of assigning belts, depending on the skill of the athlete.
White- beginners get it.
Black – its owners are masters who have reached the highest degree of development.
What do colored karate ranks mean?
The colored belts represent the progress levels for students and masters of oriental martial arts. This system was first created in the 19th century by Dr Jigoro Kano, who is considered by many to be the father of modern judo. Since then, the belt system has been used by other martial arts, including taekwondo and karate.
Karate belts Colors vary by discipline and even within the same discipline may differ from country to country or club to club. In addition, they can include additional layers within the colors.
White Belt (The level of purity and potential)
White, like black, is rare if ever, found in its pure form in nature. It reflects all light waves without absorbing anything because it already contains all the colors of the sector. Thus, in karate, the white belt symbolizes the student’s potential to achieve any degree. If this potential is there, training will reveal it. After all, everything that the student dreams of, what he hopes for is already hidden inside him. It is a gem covered with a layer of dirt that only needs to be chipped off with a chisel of determination and faith.
Yellow Belt (Level of Approval)
This belt reflects the progress of the student as he gains knowledge from his mentor and becomes stronger and more experienced. This grade is obtained after diligent study for four to six months (based on the results of the exam). The color yellow is used in karate and taekwondo, as well as for younger (under 16 years old) students of judo schools in some countries.
The yellow belt requires students to seriously consider not only physical fitness, dynamic balance and coordination but also makes them think about the psychological aspects of training – perception, awareness, affirmation and other manifestations of willpower.
Orange Belt (Stability Level)
Orange symbolizes the sun, which heats the earth with its rays and prepares it for new growth. At this stage, the student is preparing for further development.
For the student striving for the orange belt, it means that training at this level should focus on stability. It is usually given after a year of classes based on the results of the exam. Orange is used in karate and judo.
Green Belt (the level of emotions/sensitivity)
The green belt of karate is the color of growth, the color of grass and forests. The green obi symbolises those who have started to absorb the light, those whose experiences and spirit are beginning to flourish and bear fruit.
The first important achievement of the student is to receive the green belt, which means that the student has completed the first stage on the path to the top that he is about to conquer. The workouts become more intense.
A focused impact force begins to form. Green Belts constantly spar with other belts in their school, gaining combat practice.
Red is associated with blood. In karate, there is no difference in whose blood has shed the opponent or the fighter. Do you know Red is also the sign of danger? Yes, it is true! A learner with a red belt is learning to become dangerous in his or her knowledge and skill.
Being at this stage, change in the character of a fighter is traced, dedication, persistence, and readiness to defend their interests to the end appear.
Blue belt (degree of variability, ability to adapt)
The blue belt is going to a completely new level. It symbolizes efficiency, courage, seriousness. The athlete achieved this belt without the use of force, but at the expense of wisdom.
Students with such belts are already firmly rooted in the karate system and are the basic components of the school. They practice hard and try to make more progress. At this stage, the athlete learns to adapt to the opponent and this turn his force against him.
Brown belt (Practical/Creative Level)
This belt of karate is the color of the earth, the color of the support. The brown obi has one whose method becomes ideal, whose consciousness is fertile and whose spirit is powerful. The brown belt means the growing skill of the progressing student.
Brown belts are the most aggressive in freestyle fighting and are considered the most hardworking students since they realized that only hard and persistent work is the key to success.
Their main goal is the black belt. Hours of hard work and discipline taught them that nothing comes easy in life and karate. And prosperity, experience and skill must be achieved. Brown Belts pride themselves on educating newcomers and participating in nearly every competition, thus gaining the experience they need to complete the black belt program. Some students continue to progress beyond the brown belt.
Black Belt (Wisdom)
This is the highest level of karate mastery, knowledge and wisdom. The step from brown to black is the most important in a karatek’s life. Up to and including the brown belt, the different requirements of the colored belts still affect the student.
The black belt is the common goal of many karatekas. Yet his requirements are very high, and many who aspired to him, at some stage, humbly satisfied with a lower level of skill and understanding, not wanting to face a huge demand for yudansha.
For novices, belts are indicated from white to yellow, and high-level students get belts from green to brown. It takes many years of hard training to get a black belt because the highest level means the best skills. Accordingly, the requirements for such candidates are very high.