Don’t forget that you walked into the academy as a white belt.
It’s too easy to get your blue belt and forget what it was like to walk into the academy the first time. This is arguably the hardest and most important promotion of your life and this brand new white belt gave it to themselves. They decided to stop being average and challenge themselves with this incredibly intricate martial arts. They decided to stop killing themselves with lack of activity and poor diet and take that first step towards a healthier lifestyle. They promoted themselves from average person, to jiu jitsu practitioner by walking through that door.
Without white belts, the academy doesn’t grow.
White belts are your future training partners, your future students, and your future friends. If you don’t help them find a place where they feel welcome and comfortable to make mistakes, they will leave. And they will tell anyone who will listen how bad of an idea jiu jitsu is. But on the other hand, if you lend a helping hand and make them feel welcome, they will tell anyone who will listen how great jiu jitsu is and how important it is that they try a class as soon as possible.
Everyone is struggling or has struggled.
Jiu Jitsu could potentially be a person’s last stop in life to take control and to build themselves up. Life is full of reasons not to train or not to invest time into a sport, but if you don’t help foster an environment where they can learn and be challenged at the same time, it is a tragedy.
Message for white belts.
Please come to class. You’re the most important person in the room. Make mistakes. Ask questions. There will be days when you go home and have no idea what happened in class. With perseverance, you will see that those days never go away. You will just learn to embrace them more.
Original Article by Todd Shaffer for Jiu-Jitsu Times https://www.jiujitsutimes.com/white-belts-matter-with-tom-deblass/