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As a student it will be your goal to achieve every stage in your journey and although this can be a challenge if you are focused then you will achieve your goals. You will learn how to focus your mind, body and soul and you will be fitter and more subtle. Learning any martial art is a great sport for any age and you will love the discipline and learning new skills every class.
Nowadays, most traditional styles use belts to signify rank; however, there are some martial arts that don’t use belts at all.
It has always been the rule that the longer time spent In the study of martial arts, the higher up in belt ranking, which is the color of the belt you were. It is a time honored method of showing the effort made in the study of the particular martial art, with the accomplishment of being awarded the black belt as the ultimate honor. It is similar to being given a medal in other sporting events as proof of the success of their accomplishment. It will always hold as the epitome of the martial arts goal.
Just because the sign on the window of a martial arts school says “self defense,” doesn’t mean that’s what you’re getting. Any more than that colored sash or belt around your waist means that you’ll be able to defend yourself when the time comes!
There are five major categories of belt rankings in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The first ranking is white belt. As a white belt you are new to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so you don’t have a lot of control. You are very dangerous to train with due to your lack of self-control.
These styles are more or less for self defense purposes, and choose not to use belts or go by rankings either. Although they are different from the traditional martial arts, these styles are great to learn for protecting yourself.
And, instead of avoiding the possibility of getting hit, or having sore muscles, or paying for the classes – like those people with excuses, just waiting to become the next victims – do them. Am I saying you have to like any of it? Hell no! In fact, I’d think you were nuts if you “liked” getting hit, kicked, or having your joints sheared, etc.
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.