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Old 07-13-2000, 12:46 PM   #10
AikiTom
Dojo: Aikido Martial Arts Center
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My understanding of belt colors, which I think is supported by the literature, is that there were only white and black in arts, if there were belts at all.
Jigoro Kano is credited with instituting belt colors with judo, and the color idea was based on awards in swimming competitions in Japan.

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