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Old 05-24-2004, 03:45 PM   #18
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Dojo: Aikido Musubi Ryu/ Yoshin Wadokan
Location: Hamilton
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 306
New Zealand
Re: Colored Belt or White,

In little ol' New Zealand, there is an assortment of belt systems depending on style and dojo.
My dojo uses a coloured belt system starting at white, through a myriad of coloures to black, generally the colour gets darker as you progress.
I was training at another dojo a little while ago in my green belt (4th kyu) in a style that uses a white/brown/black system. One of the aikidoka there asked if I had done karate due to my strange coloured belt.
I found it amusing.

I think the lesson here is to open our minds and just accept things a little more, at the end of the day we are all doing aikido so the belts are simply there to look pretty and hold our dogi togther.

"flows like water, reflects like a mirror, and responds like an echo." Chaung-tse
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