What it takes to be a black belt
We have been very lucky in Coventry and Warwickshire martial arts, producing
our fair share of black belts for both adults and children. These are not black
belts of the treadmill but dedicated individuals who have changed their
Some stopped because we changed their lives so much they could move on and
that's ok. It's like losing a good friend. Sometimes we are like a temporary
shelter for people whilst they get their act together.
Reproduced with the kind agreement of Steve Rowe who posted this on facebook.
This gives a true view of being a black belt.
A Black Belt...
I used to think everyone could be a black belt.
All they had to do was train every day for 3 - 5 yrs,
or 3 lessons a week, ...
Pay attention to
And they would make the grade.
Over the years I realised that was not true.
Many won't make it as long as
they have a hole in their backside.
Some are just scared of the
responsibility of being good,
Some are scared of their spouses and
Who don't want a stronger version of them.
Some are just so weak
willed they don't have it in them.
Most people blame the Instructor,
Or family or work commitments,
their relationship with other students,
Or that ‘the boss' (their spouse)
won't let them.
Or nagging injury or illness,
Not realising that
overcoming these problems is what makes a black belt.
Some give up when they get a black belt.
Not realising that is also a
Black belt means beginner,
It only means that you've found the
ladder to climb.
‘Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory' describes them
A black belt is an investment in a person.
It is only a belt and a piece
Wearing it is another thing.
Many martial artists don't realise
they failed at that point.
Taking responsibility for themselves,
Their own training,
Their own progress,
Never blaming others for a
Being strong enough to help others,
THAT's a black belt.