More than Rank: Why Colored Belts Matter in Martial Arts

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In the world of martial arts, any practitioner will tell you that belts actually matter. In any system where there is a hierarchy, it counts to know where you are. Today, let’s explore more about this concept. We believe there is a need to discuss this because we’ve been getting questions regarding the importance of colored belts.

The colored belt system is in place for a reason—several reasons in fact. Here are a few of them:

Student Progress

It is always very important to know that there is a goal and what exactly will tell you that you are closer to that goal. The colored belt system provides a very physical representation of the progress of a student.

Noting the progression is truly important for children who practice martial arts. They need to be able to see that they are getting somewhere in the hobby or practice that takes up so much of their time. The reward center of the brain triggers quite well when the promotion exams are completed successfully.

It isn’t just the children that benefit from having a clear marker of progress. Adults need to see that they are getting somewhere as well. It isn’t just the skills that progresses with each belt. It is also the expected maturity that goes along with it that matters.

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The different colors usually represent something in the journey of the student. For example, most beginners will always begin with the color white. This not only represents the fact that they are complete novices. It also represents the fact that they are a clean slate—ready to take on the skills that they are going to learn.

The many different colors of the belts provide a different lesson and meaning in the teachings of the martial art. Different colors mean in different forms of martial arts. It would be beneficial to practitioners to familiarize themselves with the meanings. It will certainly help them better understand the art that they are trying to learn.


Colored belts matter and will continue to matter as long as there are people that continue to pursue martial arts. We think that more people need to verse themselves as to why colored belts are an integral process of learning martial arts. Doing so will better help the community; especially the younger set of practitioners.

Why do you think the colored belt system matters in the world of martial arts?

For the Strikers: Why Does Muay Thai Continue to Be So Popular?

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The nation of Thailand is one that has a very deep sense of sense and culture. What most people (and us, incidentally) find so fascinating about Thailand is the fact that this is the birthplace of Muay Thai. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept of Muay Thai, it is a martial art which utilizes sharp strikes using fists, forewarms, elbows, knees, and shins.

In the world of popular culture, the character of Sagat in Street Fighter utilizes this particular style. Muay Thai is a very popular form of martial art and is greatly used in the world of competitive Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Since there is no denying the fact that it is enjoying massive popularity, we couldn’t help but wonder why. In our exploration, we’ve found a few good reasons why:

Most anyone can do it

Muay Thai is one of the best martial arts to choose regardless of your body type. While there are some that say that Muay Thai is for tall people, we beg them to remember that this originated in Asia where the average height rarely goes above 5’11 feet.

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Muay Thai is all about the eight strike points: two hands, two elbows, two knees, and two shins. That is what you need to join this martial art and since most people have these naturally, they can join the art form with very little trouble.

It is physically demanding

For those who have tried various dieting or fitness regimes but can’t seem to make it stick, Muay Thai is a good choice. As it requires repetitive strikes to build up the striking power, it is quite physically demanding and will work out the whole of the body.

Physical exertion is a great way to release stress and lose some pounds in the process.

Effective form of defense

The world has always seemed a little bit more terrifying lately—especially for women. Muay Thai offers basic striking moves that are effective self-defense moves. More and more people are utilizing the basic move set of this martial art because of its efficacy in keeping the practitioner safe.


Muay Thai is a martial art that spread like wildfire all over the world for a reason. We believe that it will continue to grow in popularity as the years go by. As long as there are people who are in need of protection or an extra boost in their health, Muay Thai will always have people interested in it. We recomended this dobok.

Why do you think Muay Thai is so popular?

One for the Kids: Four Benefits that Martial Arts Have for Children

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There is no understating the fact that there is much to be gained from being a practitioner of martial arts. Today, we’ll be looking at the major benefits that martial arts have for children. As you may know, martial arts have always been a wholly physical activity. While there are a lot of misgivings about having children practice martial arts, we believe that there is a lot to be gained for them.

Here are four examples of these benefits:

Getting Exercise

It is no secret that a majority of our youth face a massive obesity epidemic. This is due to the fact that gadgets and social media are more their cup of tea as of late. It is not entirely their fault—it is, after all, the parents that put those gadgets into the hands of the youth.

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Joining a martial arts school gives any child the chance to exert themselves in a wholly positive and safe way. There is no secret in the fact that martial arts can be physically demanding; regardless of the school or mastery that you choose to pursue.

Instilling Discipline

Anyone who has ever pursued martial arts will tell you that one of the biggest things that they will teach you is discipline. Children can be rather impetuous and stubborn. Learning discipline from an early age can help them steer away from bad decisions.

Gaining Friends

One of the biggest problems about crossing the threshold into adulthood is that we tend to forget how difficult it was to try to find friends or how terribly real peer pressure was. With children, it would be important to be very mindful of who we expose them to.

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Martial arts schools do come with some rivalries but they are carefully noted by the teachers of the school or dojo. Friends made in martial arts schools carry the same teachings and the same values which can lead to more positive friendships in the future.

Learning Respect

One of the biggest worries that parents have in general is how children are mostly losing touch with the concept of respect.

In a martial arts school, respect is one of the strongest backbones that they nurture. It is ingrained in every single lecture. As martial arts helps provide a connection to the past, it is important that there is respect between each member of the school from the teachers to the students themselves.


Martial Arts shouldn’t just something that should be practiced when one is looking to defend one’s self. There are a plethora of other reasons why martial arts would be worth pursuing—especially when children are involved. Going through the different benefits we’ve mentioned above, what other benefits could you think of that children could gain from Martial Arts?