One of the purposes of this blog is to answer some of the frequently asked questions from our students, parents, and others interested in the martial arts, self-defense, or just health and fitness.
In the martial arts world, one of the things that people are often most curious about is the belt system. What do the different colors mean? How long does it take to get them? Why do various arts have different colors?
Today, let’s take a minute to clear up the Red Belt.
In some Korean martial arts, you will see a red belt used as one of the standard colors leading up to the Black Belt. That is not the red belt that we are discussing today. The red belt that everyone is curious about is the one you see the “old guys” sometimes wearing.
Different martial arts use it in different ways, but most commonly, you will see the red belt worn by someone who has reached 10th degree in their particular style. 10th degree is the highest rank achievable.
Two of the primary martial arts taught at Progressive Martial Arts Academy are Kenpo and Jiu Jitsu. Specifically FILKENJUTSU Kenpo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Kenpo has many different groups, and all have decided on different ways of using the ranks and colors. In our method of teaching Kenpo (FILKENJUTSU), we do not currently use the red belt.
For example, the highest ranking Black Belt in our family, is my father, Bruce Corrigan. He is the only 10th degree Black Belt in FILKENJUTSU and is the founder of our method of teaching. He prefers to just wear the Black Belt with ten stripes (or even just a plain Black Belt!). He also has a Black Belt with a red border which denotes that he is the founder/head of the family.
In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, at 7th degree the belt worn is red and black, at 8th degree it is red and white, and at 9th and 10th degree it is red. Check out this trailer for an upcoming documentary done by BJJ Hacks on the Red Belts -
For more on belt ranks and instructor titles check out these posts:
Ranks and Titles, Part 1 - http://www.pmaoakridge.com/blog/ranks
Ranks and Titles, Part 2 - http://www.pmaoakridge.com/blog/titles
The Importance of the Black Belt - http://www.pmaoakridge.com/blog/blackbelt
The Black Belt Problem - http://www.pmaoakridge.com/blog/theblackbeltproblem
I did a breakdown of our different colors for our YouTube channel a couple of years ago too -
At the end of the day, your belt is used to keep your gi (uniform) together. We often place a little too much importance on what color it is. And at a time when many martial arts have been watered down, and promotions have been sold rather than earned, what is most important is that you are training with a good teacher who also has legitimate training.
Wait, if you're reading this you are training, right? If not, please call me NOW at (865)481-8901 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and schedule a FREE private introductory lesson.
It is free, and there is no obligation to keep training afterward. Come see for yourself why this will be the best decision you've ever made.
That's enough for now, see you on the mat!
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