It’s amazing to me how many black belts are now out there in this world and how many instructors seem to just give them out to their students anymore.
I’ve even seen ads in Black Belt magazine for “organizations” that will send you a black belt certificate without verifying your credentials if you send them a check. There are even video learning programs that send you DVD’s and certificate, saying they work on the “honor system.” Again, these instructors DO NOT substantiate anything before printing out a black belt certificate with your name on it and sending it to you. To which I reply…
Are you kidding me?!
There is no sum of money large enough for me to simply hand you a black belt. And it’s not just about the belt itself but, rather, the journey and sacrifice it represents. I for one will not compromise quality for quantity of black belts at my studio.
I would rather be known for having a couple remarkable students than to have produced 100 average black belts. I NEVER want to be know as the person who watered down the meaning of a black belt. I worked too hard, too many hours, invested too much, and sacrificed too much for that honor. As long as I have students, they too will have to work to earn that privilege, just as I did.
What does having a black belt mean to me? Everything.
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