View Full Version : Becoming a White Belt
04-22-2003, 09:12 PM
For seminars and visits to other dojos, I wear a white belt. I'm not a member of their organizaton, so I figure that a white belt is the correct rank to wear. Although I've discovered that it's dangerous being a white belt. :eek:
When I was in a seminar, I had some yudansha give me this all out attack! I'm wearing a white belt - What's this black belt thinking of? If I really was a beginner, I'd probably be in a hospital. As it was, the black belt just landed with a fierce thump when all that energy rebounded.
Then there are those who decide it would be fun to break your wrist. :disgust: A shihan once expelled two members from his dojo and remarked, "Aikido is not about breaking wrists." Perhaps, this could be a future trend. :rolleyes: So it seems one of the first priorities is to do plenty of wrist stretching exercises, if one wants to survive as a white belt.
Of course, wearing a white belt means that you're basically ignored by everyone ranked above you. Personally I think that's OK since some of the yudansha are outright dangerous to practice with. But I think it strange that the only person in the dojo willing to explain technique is another white belt who started training a day before your visit.
Of course the weirdest character I've encountered as a white belt is the Aikido Mime. They don't speak, they just ssslllooowwwlllyyy go through the motions like Marcel Marceau. You begin to wonder if you're their training partner or their audience. :freaky:
Thomas Wolfe once wrote "You can't go home again." Perhaps not, but wearing a white belt reminds you of why you decided to leave in the first place. :cool:
04-22-2003, 10:55 PM
LOL - fun post; Ted.
When I first started Aikido; I had come from a karate/jiu-jitsu environment in which belt ranks are very important.
My first seminar was the VKS Summer Camp; six weeks after I started. The biggest lesson I learned? NEVER TRUST A WHITE BELT!!! He might be a newcomer like myself; but he just might have fifteen years experience.
An amusing situation; I'd just got my gi tunic; a used one from the dojo. None of the pants fit; so I wore black TKD pants with it. I was confused about why people were confused about my status; I didn't realize that in some schools, 1st kyus wear black pants. Lol - it was a bit funny; after my Famous Flying Superman Imitation (as it's referred to at my dojo), a few people were scratching their heads, wondering what we taught our 1st-kyus. :D
(The FFSI? My first time ever doing ukemi from a technique; it was zenpo-nage tenkan. I ran, grabbed, flew...and completely forgot to roll. Nage was a nidan; I was still going up two matlengths past - absolutely horizontal. I reached apoapsis and managed to say "Oh, crap..." quite calmly before crashing back to Earth - still flat. When 50 yudansha all go "OOOOOO!!" at the same time; you know it's a spectacular screwup!) :D :D
04-22-2003, 11:35 PM
thats interesting, I was under the impression that going slow was one of the best virtues...
your elders in the dojo should be taking care of you, if they arent... well, you need to figure that out yourself.
04-22-2003, 11:41 PM
This is the humour section.
AHH, the aikido mime!LOL
04-23-2003, 07:38 AM
Ummm... dave, I dont have a sense of humour.
04-23-2003, 07:44 AM
The FFSI? My first time ever doing ukemi from a technique; it was zenpo-nage tenkan. I ran, grabbed, flew...and completely forgot to roll. Nage was a nidan; I was still going up two matlengths past - absolutely horizontal. I reached apoapsis and managed to say "Oh, crap..." quite calmly before crashing back to Earth - still flat. When 50 yudansha all go "OOOOOO!!" at the same time; you know it's a spectacular screwup!
Ahahahaha, that's great :D Yesterday sensei did a technique on my and he didn't do it hard enough and I didn't jump to roll, so I kind of did a handstand before curling up in a ball and falling over. We laughed, but that could have been dangerous for my wrists had I been going faster.
05-03-2003, 03:24 AM
thanks for the post, it really made me feel better. As they say in Russia, in every joke there is a bit of truth, or as some say, in every joke there is a bit of joke (and the rest is truth).
I wear a white belt everywhere apart from the dojo where I graded. I am going to an Aikido Summer School this August and untill I read your post the question of my belt really bothered me. Now I'll quite happily wear white.
05-16-2003, 04:22 PM
NEVER STAND ON A BASKETBALL!! expesialy when you're in a gym with a hard wood floor, and you still dont have falling ingraved in your mind!
06-01-2003, 02:43 AM
heehee how about sew a sign on you back, saying "newbie!" I wanted to do that but my people told me not to.
Personally I think we should be allowed to wear mood duct tapes. like, red means "I'm suffering from injuries", blue saying "I'm suffering from depression", green saying "I'm very drunk" etc to minimise the danger rating. ^_^
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