Stand out from the crowd:
What do you practice?
The basics — and the more basic, the better. Actually, the more boring, the better.
Practice punching. Practice kicking. Whatever you did in class this week. Just practice.
Avoid sloppy practice:
Remember, you are creating your martial arts habits now, while you are a white belt. So, don’t just go through the motions without thinking about what you are doing. Practice for precision. Put some intensity into your practice. Make it real in your mind.
Mr. Ramsay will notice!
Get a mentor! Find someone more advanced than you are to take a liking to you — an interest in your progress.
(Which doesn’t mean forcing yourself on the nearest black belt.)
Get to know people in the class. Find a fit to your personality. It’s easier to like someone, if they like you first. Get a little extra coaching. Remember, this mentor has been through it before. The best way to improve is by working out with someone more advanced than you who is willing to coach you.
Last piece of advice:
Find out what’s expected of you as a white belt. What do you need to master to progress to become a yellow belt?
You can improve faster if you are working towards specific goals. If you know what it’s going to take to get your next belt, you can focus on what’s important.
The only difference between a white belt and a black belt is time and practice!