THE MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF BELTS
Symbolizes nothing, pure, with no knowledge such as an unborn baby.
Symbolizes the same as a no belt but the student senses with expectancy the first signs of a new birth.
This is the color of the sunrise in the morning - starting a new day. It symbolizes a new birth.
This is the color of the spring season. The student is now starting to grow in the early stages of childhood.
Signifies the color of the sky, youth and ambition. (This is a time comparable to early teenage years.)
Stands for the color of blood or the sun. The student is developing a strong foundation of his/her body and nature. Red also signifies a warning for danger. The student is now beginning to learn how to express himself and give to others. (Comparable to late teenage years.)
Contains all colors, signifying the deepest and densest knowledge and accumulation from every preceding level.
The student is now learning the true meaning of Karate. He is also becoming aware of the vast amount of knowledge and experience he must still accumulate. At this stage the student is like a young adult who's learning to share what they've gained.
(Black Belt Instructor) At this stage the black belt is training to assume responsibility for himself. While he is able to help others, he is not yet capable of being primarily responsible for their well-being. (This is compared to one who is preparing for marriage.)
(Certified Instructors) Commonly called Maters. At this level the black belt is like a young parent feeding and learning to care for small children but still very much in need of knowledge and experience of this own parents and other mature role models.
(Masters) A Master knows how to express himself and feed and care for others. He is also capable of creating new ideas and knowledge. (This is comparable to experienced parents teaching their children.)
(Grandmasters) The Grandmaster controls, sustains, and supervises those at the master level. This is a mature adult having adult children and grandchildren.