The black belt, the total knowledge ...
We often hear about the black Karate belt as an outcome, or even, for some, as an inaccessible stage. It is not so.
Whatever your current level, you are all capable of getting a black belt!
And I will prove it to you ...
Contrary to what many people think, the black belt is not a very high stage in the knowledge of karate, on the contrary, it corresponds to the beginning of a life devoted to karate.
Some day ago I received an email from someone who wants to start karate with a very ambitious goal to one day obtain a black karate belt.
I say very ambitious because for him she represented: "total knowledge of Karate"
However, it is not. Because if this total knowledge exists, it is well beyond the 1er dan.
Indeed, we get a black belt in 4 to 5 years in general. But after, 10, 15, 30 years of practice do not you think the level is significantly higher? Of course yes.
This email, and the answer that I made, make me want to write this article in which I would like demystify the sacrosanct black karate belt ou black belt (for bilinguals).
And I will bring you proof that each of you is quite capable by a regular job of getting it. She is not inaccessible.
The black belt is just the beginning!
I am not trying to downplay the technical qualities of Karateka black belts, nor the work necessary to obtain the black belt, but just to demystify the image that is sometimes given.
The black belt, many in dreams and it's true, thatit takes a lot of work to obtain it, but it must not be seen as a consecration or an end. It's quite the opposite.
In fact being a black belt means that we know more or less all the basic techniques which will then allow us to evolve and progress.
The child and the writing
To our friend who wrote to me, I gave him, in my answer, the example of a child at school who begins to learn writing:
Then by grouping the letters, his (school) teacher teaches him how to form syllables, then his first words ....
After a while, he will be able to write his first little sentences, and so on. He will learn the subtleties of spelling, conjugation ...
At the end of the middle school (before high school), the student knows all the common words and is able to read and write correctly.
His Master could name him ... black writing belt : )
Indeed, he knows all the bases of writing and he put about 5 years to get there (does it remind you of anything? ;-))
These bases will allow him now to evolve all his life reading, writing, evolving, criticizing ...
In short, these bases are the essential tools for climbing the markets of knowledge.
At karate, it's the same. With the black belt, one has forged one's body and acquired the technical baggage to be able to "Start" learning karate, to climb one by one the steps towards ... "the total knowledge" (if it exists ...)
If you have been able to learn to write,
you are able to get a black belt (CQFD)
The black belt is not the top of Karate, it is The foundations ; The base on which the Karateka will be able to continue his progression all his life.
But beware, our friend was not completely wrong by putting the black belt on a pedestal because if I say that the black belt is just a beginning, I also say that it is the foundation of Karate. And without foundation, there is no progression possible. We must not neglect the black belt.
You are all able to get it, but as they say:
no pain, no gain (always for bilingual ;-))
Here I will end this little reflection on the demystification of the black karate belt, by this little maxim:
The black belt is to be taken very seriously because you are building the foundations of your art, but without taking yourself too seriously because to build a foundation, you have to keep your feet on the ground.
or as our friend Ali would say in his last comment:
it's good to look at the sky but focus on the feet that should not leave the earth, not to mention that modesty is the key to success
And you what do you think ?
Do you feel able to get the black belt?
If you already have it, do you think you've reached the top?
I look forward to your comments.
See you soon,
"How to succeed your grade passes"