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Article 5 - The African Origin and Meaning of the
"Belt" in the Martial Arts
The African Origin and Meaning of the "Belt" in
the Martial Arts
by Nijel BPG
March 31, 2001, Los Angeles, CA
NOTE: The Egyptian, or Kemetic "medu-neter"
is a language of symbol thinking. The so-called heiroglyphs (Greek term
meaning "writings of the Gods") were not merely pictures. Each
image served as a representation or symbol for a thought, principle, or
idea. EXAMPLE: The right hand gives while the left hand receives, or
the left foot is always depicted going forward because with the heart being on
the left side of the body, it instructs us to go forward "with heart"
to stamp out evil.
Belts are worn and awarded in wrestling, boxing, and the modern
martial arts, but no one is aware of the origin of their use. The earliest
representation of any kind of belt associated with the martial arts are found in
Kemet (Egypt) along the banks of the nile in tombs belonging to Prince Khety,
and Prince Baquet III of the 11th and 12th dynasties (circa 2,800 B.C.).
In both tombs there are two pairs of warriors facing each other. In the
example from Prince Khety's tomb (left) the warrior stands with his left foot
and outstretched left arm forward. From his left hand, a belt in the form
of a rope dangles to the floor. This rope does not fall naturally into two
strands as it normally would. The belt is interwoven. It is not
simply a rope. It is the symbol "shen" which is a "coiled
rope" used to represent intertwining bio-electrical, magnetic and spiritual
polarities, or opposites. The opponent facing him is tying the belt around
In ancient Kemet, the study of the human mind, body, and soul gave
rise to the knowledge of seven energy centers located along the spinal
column that rose from the base of the spine and terminated on the top of
the skull. These energy centers are linked to the awakening of
one's spiritual powers. These power centers in India are known as
"chakras". They were known at least 1,000 years before
the first Aryan invasion. Starting from the base of the spine, the
first three (lower) chakras) represent one's animal nature while the
remaining four (higher chakras) represent one's higher spiritual nature.
COMMENTARY: The tying of the
belt at the third chakra was a symbolic act meant to remind the student
that training was for the purpose of developing the kundalini, or
spiritual life force, from it's lower to its highest point along the
spine. In ancnent Kemet, belts had nothing to do with rank and
achievement in the outward sense. The true meaning of the belt is
lost today among practitioners of the so-called martial arts who have
actually reversed the original intent, and use the belt to focus on the
lower nature of ego instead of a higher nature which leads to
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