Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Secret to Obtaining a Black Belt in Karate

Writing Contributor: Christie McGowan
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How Long Does It Take to Get a Black Belt?
Beginner student between two upper levels.

Questions about the longevity of an activity or service all have the same answer—it depends. Regardless of wondering how long it will take to eat breakfast or hike a mountain, the time length depends mostly on the individual.

This idea also relates to the common martial arts question, “How long will it take to get a black belt?” The answer to this question is not only indefinite, but can distract one’s mindset when training. The desire of a black belt in martial arts is a fantastic goal. However, always remember that there is more to learn.

As one can only do so much with a trophy or a certificate, walking away with applicable skills beats a dusty shelf. According to Loganville HapKiDo Instructor John Gasstrom, a black belt means, “Beginning of a new cycle.” Exactly like a high school or college commencement ceremony, the black belt symbolizes the accomplishment for learning the fundamentals, and the readiness for starting a new phase.  In fact, the overall concept with education or martial arts training is that one continues advancing. The existence of Ph.Ds. and higher black belts (ranked by years of training) are proof. One does not simply stop moving, to keep moving is a natural instinct and desirable.

With anything in life, moving on to the next level requires motivation and commitment. At Choe’s HapKiDo, both concepts are encouraged as the culture emphasizes on the importance of mental strength. In addition to engaging in a physical activity, working with the HapKiDo instructors and peers are aspects to also look forward to. On top of that, having the opportunity to cultivate in a new hobby is beyond compare. For more information on Choe’s HapKiDo, contact us at any one of these locations for a free trial. 

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