or Why should you have your black karate belt as soon as possible?
In a recent post on Facebook, I wrote in title: « Why take 3 years to get the black belt while others do it in 2 ". It was obviously provocation. I had done it on purpose to react and create a controversy. Indeed, having his Karate black belt in 3 years is already very good and in 2, it is normally impossible ... Anyway, that's what everyone thinks, but in theory it's possible. Moreover, I will explain a little further how I did to get mine in just 2 years.
In fact, I write this article today following the little controversy, about the grade passages and especially the black belt, which arose on our group and our Facebook page. Indeed, some karateka do not wish to pass their black belt. It's their right and I respect it, but for me, do not spend your black belt, it's a bit like you want to be a carpenter without wanting to spend your CAP. Passing one's black belt is part of learning. This is the culmination of the learning phase and only then will you be able to express yourself fully through your practice. Having a black belt is not a goal in the sense of "end", but it is a goal in the sense of "stage". So, as long as you do not pass your black belt, you do not validate this first step and, in the end, you can not really continue on your way to Karate-do.
When you enter a club, it is as if you were given an empty toolbox, and until the black belt you fill your toolbox. But only after you start sharpening your tools will you actually practice using them. It is only after you express yourself fully through Karate.
A carpenter does not put 10 years to pass his CAP, but that does not prevent him from continuing to progress later in his art, on the contrary. If he does not pass his CAP and stays his whole life at the Training Center to always learn the same things, he will not really progress. It is only by confronting life, his career as a carpenter, and creating works with his own hands that he learns, often from his mistakes, and progresses. In the same way a brown belt that is not going to pass its black belt only learns and relearn the same things every year. He stays in a certain comfort. It progresses probably a little but never really lives his Karate. He is like a bird that dares not take flight and stays in the comfort of the nest.
To be a black belt is to have acquired, by dint of work, all the indispensable tools to practice correctly. Use these tools, jump from the nest and build your way, your do.
The black belt carries a lot of values, but it remains a beginning grade and that's why we must try to reach it as soon as possible and then really work. Before the black belt, it's a learning phase, it's your foundation. You have to apply yourself and work hard for your foundations to be strong, but you must not be stuck in these foundations. It is useless to sink foundations if it is not to build something on it. This something is your Karateka life. It's your knowledge, your progress, ...
You will often have to come back to strengthen your foundations but it will be to continue to build your way, and to climb higher and higher to the top of your art.
How I got my black belt in 2 years!
As promised, I will tell you how I got my black Karate belt in only 2 years (+ 1 months to be purist).
"Well, actually, to be perfectly honest, I only got the technical black belt in 2 years and not my 1er dan. The day of my passage of rank, about twenty pretenders, we were only 2 to have had the technical black belt. The organizers have not been able to make a pool of 6 to organize the combat part of 1er dan. But even, the technical part (Kihon, Kata and Kihon Ippon Kumite) in 2 years, I think many would be happy, especially that at the time we should know 8 Kata, not only 2. There were 5 Heian, Tekki Shodan, Bassai Dai et Kanku Dai. And besides, in 1995, there was no UV like today, if you did not have the technique, it was necessary to iron everything. "
How did I get to have it in 2 years when officially, even at the time, it took three license stamps? It's not complicated: I arrived at the club in November 1993 and I passed my black belt in December 1995 is 2 years and 1 months later but I had my 3 licenses: 93 / 94, 94 / 95 and 95 / 96. The regulation imposes 3 license stamps and not 3 years of practice so it must still be possible nowadays.
But how did I do concretely to progress so fast?
Now that I've answered the 2 questions I'm asked many times, I think what interests you most is how I did to progress so fast. It's very simple and I will not give you a miracle recipe because there is no secret: I worked, worked a lot and still worked ... In short, I worked all the time; At the 4 club at 5 once a week but also at home and I went to all the courses where I could go.
I explain in detail in the video below how I was able to pass my belts one after the other until the black when normally in the club there was only one passage per year and how I was able to pass my black belt at the end of 2 years only when I had just had my brown belt ... (it was a combination of circumstances, a little bluf same! You will see that on the video ...).
The black belt is just the beginning
I think you have to have your black belt quickly but I also think that we must not burn the stages. You have to go step by step and progress at your own pace because getting a black belt, although some would say it's easier today, it's still very difficult and it's a lot of work.
But if you say to beginners that they will not have it for a minimum of ten years, that does not motivate them too much. They will tend to come to class only once in a while because they do not really believe in it and, like many, in the orange or green belt, they will stop. I find it a pity. I think you have to show them, from the beginning, that they are able to put less than 5 years to have their 1er dan and if in the end they put a few more years it does not matter. The important thing is the motivation they will have from the beginning and the perseverance they will acquire.
As a teacher you have to explain to beginners, from the beginning, that you will make sure that they get their black belt as soon as possible. That it will be very hard, but that if they are motivated, they can get there in a few years (and not 10) and then will actually begin the practice of Karate.
Karate is a commitment of a lifetime, so tell it from the start to beginners!
By letting Karateka believe that it takes 10 years to get a black belt, it is not surprising that either they give up before or when they get it, they have the feeling that it is the end and that they stop just after the 1er dan. In fact, they are no longer motivated to go beyond. It's a shame because the first dan is really the starting grade. Only then will you be able to allow yourself to do much more personal research and really be able to work your Karate.
In any case it's the message I'm trying to convey to members of Karate3g ™
To conclude, here is the video that I posted on Facebook and where I develop my answers:
Here, as I always say, do not take everything I tell you literally. You must keep your free will and make your own opinion.
I invite you to leave me a comment below. I'll answer you with pleasure : "Do you think, like me, that you have to get your black belt quickly (without rushing the work) or that you do not have to wear more than one belt a year? "
Share this article in your clubs, so that your karate colleagues can also give their opinion.
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"How to succeed your grade passes"