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Old 05-21-2004, 06:12 AM   #4
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Re: Colored Belt or White,

in karate, coloured belts were invented for children (before this it was just white belts). I think this has now carried over to aikido to some extent, though it seems very rare in the UK to have coloured belts in aikido.

I think for many karate clubs teaching is about profit, and therefore belts and additional grades for children is good for making money. I've never experienced this in aikido.

I'm sure this will break into should we/shouldn't we argument. As long as the purpose is honest and understood, in my opinion, it doesn't matter. Sometimes pride in not wearing coloured belts is the same as pride in wearing coloured belts. If I had my way we would scap the traditional japanese outfit and wear something more akin to normal clothes (but more durable!).


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