The journey of each Mixed Mental Artist begins with curiosity. It is our curiosity that leads us to challenge our existing belief systems, to tear them down and rebuild them. Our curiosity leads us to aspire to a world view that more accurately reflects reality. It’s why we are here.
Mixed Mental Arts is vast. We are attempting to diffuse an incredible amount of information into concise packages that can be easily understood and applied to daily life. The belt system is one way to navigate through some of the core concepts of Mixed Mental Arts.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
-Laozi, founder of Taoism
The beauty of Mixed Mental Arts is in its many paths. The belt system is designed to act as a guide. It will help you to make sense of all of the information contained in the MMA universe. It is not the path; it is a path. We don’t do dogma in the dojo. Anyone is welcome to approach what we have to offer from any angle they wish. There are many ways to climb this mountain.
“In the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
The journey through the MMA belts is a personal one. It is up to you to be both student and sensei. The only person who can award you a belt is…you guessed it…you. Whether you rush through the belt system or spend years contemplating the depths of each level is your decision. We will help each other along the way, but this is your mountain. You are your master.
The concepts behind each belt are very different. As you progress from white to black and internalize these concepts, you will develop a world view that is better suited to reality. But this development is an endless process, which involves gathering as much knowledge as you can to connect in new ways for yourself. As you do so, the scales will fall from your eyes and you will discover what it truly means to wear a belt in Mixed Mental Arts.
“Belt mean no need rope hold up pants.”
Yup, that’s right. Wearing a belt in Mixed Mental Arts means nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. This is about the journey, not the destination. The belt system is a tool to guide your learning. Nothing more, nothing less. The sense of accomplishment you feel should be from the way your thinking has changed, not from what belt you are “on”. There is no status in Mixed Mental Arts. We are all working together to help each other evolve our belief systems.
There are over 130 million books and 6000 languages in the world today. Humanity has accumulated a vast store of knowledge, but it is impossible for each of us to know it all. The key to developing a mind for Mixed Mental Arts is to remain teachable. A black belt has as much to learn from a white belt as a white belt does from a black. So carry on. We hope you enjoy the path we have laid out for you. By the time you reach the end we can almost guarantee you won’t need a rope to hold up your pants.