We talk about having a black belt mindset in martial arts, but having a white belt mindset is a good thing too.
I love white belts. They are so eager to learn, so eager to get started. They are typically not filled with excuses on what they have already done and tried and what won’t work. They just empty their minds and listen to your instruction.
This is such a powerful place to be, being free and open to learn. It is like an empty glass ready to be filled with knowledge. Often Black belts have an illusion that their journey is finished hence the glass is full. Any advice spills out of the glass as they can’t take in more knowledge with a full glass.
Some black belts may think they know it all. So they listen to every new idea with skepticism. Their ego will get in their way of their own progress. Instead of instantly considering a new viewpoint, they will first start to pick it apart as to why it won’t work for them.
The same applies in life. Some people feel they reach a certain level in their profession, relationship or health and believe that they have done enough. However their potential is capped by their own righteousness. They neglect to realise that self-improvement has no boundaries.
But not white belts. They just listen. And do what you say. They are “coachable.”
Many times in my martial arts career I have had to put my black belt aside and put on a white belt. It’s a beautiful experience to strip away your ego. Empty your expectations. Empty your mind. Be ready and willing to learn something new.
Krav Maga is a modern day reality-based self-defense system. Adam is the founder of Krav Maga Northern Beaches.