The yellow belt is given after the white belt in karate training, which is something that you cannot master quickly or with a single program. The way to becoming a master in this form of martial art is long and tough, with your progress being denoted by the color of your obi or belt.
If you are new to karate, you will be given a white belt, with the assumption that you have a pure mind and no previous knowledge and training in karate. There is no other color that can best represent purity than white.
The karate yellow belt is then given, once you are deemed to have more control of your body. Orange can also be given instead of yellow. These two colors is a representation of the sunrise as it helps a seed begin to grow slowly.
Origin of Karate Belt Ranking
The first form of martial art that used colored belts to denote the progress of students is Japanese Judo. It was first used by the Shotokan Karate of Sensei Gichin Funakoshi and was later adapted by all karate practitioners. As a student goes through the ranks, they take graded examinations and awarded with belts of different colors, the yellow belt among them. However, the use and order of the colors varies between schools as well as the relationship between rank and belt color or kyu.
Yellow Belt Training
The yellow belt karate rank is the second belt color and represents around 50 to 75 class hours and training of from three to five months. Students with yellow belt must be familiar with the procedures and etiquette of their dojo. They should also begin moving without the awkwardness of a beginner. There are some dojos where a yellow belt would allow you to start sparring with your fellow students.
Things You Will Need To Earn A Karate Yellow Belt
- A white belt that you earned in your Dojo
- Karate uniform
- Equipment required by your Dojo
How To Get A Karate Yellow Belt
- Be a member of a good Dojo – karate is not something that you learn on your own. Find a good school where you think you will be comfortable to stay for several years.
- Ask for the belt color requirements – most Dojos have these requirements in print but you can ask your instructor and higher rank students if there is anything else you will need.
- Profit from the help provided by your instructor and fellow students – higher ranked students, particular those with brown belts help in training beginners in most Dojos. Once you are taught a technique, take a personal effort in perfecting and practicing it.
- Know about promotion schedules and grading time – if you can, learn what you need to know before the promotion schedule. You would not want to be graded for a technique you have not practiced well.
- Make a clean appearance – be sure that you are wearing a clean and pressed gi at the promotion. Get enough rest and food, and cultivate a positive attitude during the test. You will be asked by the black belts in your Dojo to show your skills. If you can do them with plenty of enthusiasm and energy, your masters will find it easy to give you a yellow belt.