Yeah white is good for beginners. I remember when I walked in with my new white gi and everyone was like wow how is yours so clean?! But yeah honestly, we look at people with other than white or blue as show offy, or experienced. There is one guy at my place with a black gi and hes pretty good but he uses his strength alot and neck cranks. Besides him, Gonzaga comes through with a red gi sometimes, and i guess hes the only one allowed.