A white belt in the Combat-Do system like many other Martial Arts is the beginning.
We think of this beginning similarly to John Locke and as far back as Aristiotle.
mind as a tabula rasa
It was statesman-philosopher Francis Bacon who, early in the seventeenth century, first strongly established the claims of Empiricism – the reliance on the experience of the senses – over those speculation or deduction in the pursuit of knowledge.
John Locke in his Essay Concerning Human Understanding restated the importance of the experience of the senses over speculation and sets out the case that the human mind at birth is a complete, but receptive, blank slate ( scraped tablet or tabula rasa ) upon which experience imprints knowledge.
Locke argued that people acquire knowledge from the information about the objects in the world that our senses bring. People begin with simple ideas and then combine them into more complex ones. Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas. How comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from EXPERIENCE.
“You must open your eyes, and your mind to a new beginning, start fresh with an open heart and with knowledge gained, and experience you will seek enlightenment and you with patience and dedication will find what you seek”. Master Bob Schirmer