In the Bujinkan dojo martial arts there are three colors of belts used to represent rank in the dojo: white, green, and black.
In the previous two posts we explored the ideas of what a green belt and black belt represents, and is working on in training, and now in this post we will complete the process with the white belt.
A white belt is someone who has just joined the dojo and is in the process of discovery about the art.
Through exploring the movements and how the dojo operates they are evaluating if this is the correct martial path based on the martial journey for them.
They have not fully committed to the training yet. Nothing is held back from the white belt.
It can’t be.
The process of deciding if the Bujinkan dojo will be a martial home can not be taken likely.
The art has changed many lives and continues to change lives through the generosity of Masaaki Hatsumi, and while one wishes that all budoka would find a home in its halls, people are different with different needs.
If the white belt continues the training, the next step is green belt. If they decide to explore the martial arts in a different school or setting, at least they have had the chance to see some of the teachings and martial spirit, in friendship, of the Bujinkan dojo.