Norcross Martial Arts | The last couple weeks, we went into more depth the meanings of the first two belts, White and Yellow. The White Belt, a new student’s energy and potential is as fresh as snow and lies beneath the ground as a seed. Whereas the Yellow Belt, the student’s potential germinates underground; the eyes cannot judge surface level what’s happening, but sees the inner changes of the student coming out.
At Choe’s HapKiDo, the next step in the Black Belt Journey: The Orange Belt (3rd Belt), which resembles a new growth of spring. Here, like the snow, the newness of the student has receded and a whole season of growth is coming because of their consistent training. So far, they have focused on learning the fundamentals in how to move. Now, they can expand to include more attributes of the art like grace, balance, power, speed, and agility.
Now that the student’s foundation in movement is strong, they can focus on how to combine beauty (grace), flexibility (balance), strength (power), quickness (speed), and nimbleness (agility) into a single movement. For instance, they get introduced to double kicks. At first, these kicks require some thought in how to execute them because more body parts are moving but in a timely manner.
These next few months of training teaches Orange Belts the importance of perseverance and discipline. The techniques become a bit more complex, and one may find practicing them over and over. To get up, brush off the dirt, and try again without getting frustrated is also character development.
Admittedly, being an Orange Belt is where Martial Arts can start to become really exciting because of the new, complex moves! They make you feel as if you’re starring in your own martial arts film!
Stay tuned for next week, as we dive into Green Belt!
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