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Exploring the Meaning Behind Martial Arts Belt Colors: A Guide to Understanding Rank and Progression

By Sonny Brown | October 6, 2023

Martial arts belts have various meanings depending on the art that they are associated with, but one commonality they have across all arts is that they are an indication of skill and experience. While not all martial arts will have a belt, some will have ranks or levels that still allow a progression similar to the belt system. Belts will progress with a color system which varies from style to style, but they all start with a white belt for beginners and finish with a black belt representing a mastery of the art.

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