In Jiu Jitsu or any belted martial art system, we often give much more respect to the higher belted and older students simply because we believe that you need to earn respect in an academy. However, we should also give our respect to the new students and especially the white belt. Yes, I just said especially the white belts. The white belts are so important to any academy that most people don’t even realize what the white belts do for the academy.
White belts are truly the core of any gym. Normally, there are more white belts than blue and many more whites than purple, brown and black. This naturally attracts new visitors and walk ins as the classes seem bigger and new students can have faith that they are not alone.
White belts also help the academy grow by word of mouth. Think about it by the time you reach blue or purple most everyone in your life already knows you train. You have told them and even tried to convince them to join. By this point, anyone who you could have recruited has either chose not to or has already joined. However, white belts bring with them a completely new set of friends and family that may also show interest in joining. A white belt is much more likely to bring a new friend than say a student that has already been training for six years.
One last reason we owe so much to new students is their physical place in the gym. White belts are often the people we get to sharpen our attacks on and practice new set ups and sweeps. Their place as the gym dummy doll is what makes Jiu Jitsu work. Without new partners, we would not be able to practice our moves the same way we can now.
As you by now realize…the white belts are the core of Jiu Jitsu…they grow Jiu Jitsu, and they also allow ourselves to become better. So, go out today shake a white belts hand and say thank you!