What Does a Black Belt Mean to Me?




A black belt means many different things to me; mostly I see it as a sign of respect. I look up to people who have gone the distance and achieved something that great I just want to stop and imagine what was it like for them? How did they do it? Then the thought races to me, how am I going to do it? All these things eventually lead to why am I doing this? Why am I getting my black belt? Of course the answer is I seek for a great deal of knowledge about martial arts. Once Ive earned my Black Belt I hope I get as much respect as I am giving the black belts now.

It means a high rank belt.It is worn by someone who worked hard to get to that high of a point in karate.Someone who wants to accomplish their goal since white belt all the way to black.Someone who knows they deserve the black belt and works hard to get it.

Karate is a way of living and Black Belt signifies to me that I reached a high skill level in life. Receiving a Black Belt means years of hard work, studying, classes, confidence building, and teamwork. Black Belt requires discipline. By that I mean you can't just go through it all lazily. That's not what a Black Belt means. You also can't try to make it look like you are trying, when you actually aren't.

For instance, the Black Belt means achieving perfect forms, practicing them endlessly. At home and whenever you can. The Black Belt also means attending classes consistently. If you come rarely (and not consistently) you will not be accepted. The Black Belt means actual devotion. Many people are just too lazy to do any practice. They will end up not knowing their forms, and that is not what a Black Belt means. I made this mistake early on. When I first started karate, I was told to study at home and learn the required forms. At the time, I didn't value karate too much, which was a big mistake. So, I thought I didn't really need to practice at home. I ended up only knowing half of the forms and didn't do so well on the Brown Belt test. I passed the test, but I knew that I did not know enough for my Black Belt, or even my Red Belt. So, I started to work harder, mainly because I put a lot of value into karate. Now, I know most of my forms, and I am a very hard worker.

The Black Belt also means confidence and strong desire. If you are weak or do not really care, the Black Belt was not meant for you. You have to truly believe and actually try to get your Black Belt, only with determinant you deserve it fully. Like my story before, confidence is everything. It can change your overall performance, your life. Your confidence NEEDS to be high. To get it high, simply believe and work hard. Just believe that you can do whatever it is that you are aiming to do, and you will gain more confidence than anything else can give you. The Black Belt requires tons of confidence.

Lastly, it means teamwork. It is almost impossible to get a Black Belt without a team. That's why you need to be friends with your team, or else, you will be alone. At my Green Belt, I had no team. I just worked alone, and I wasn't getting anywhere, even with a lot of work. I eventually learned that you needed a solid team to excel at Karate. So, I became friendlier with my classmates and eventually started making friends. We became a team. This also boosted my confidence and my performance.

All of this above comes to one thing= The Black Belt. The Black Belt means building confidence with relentless hard work. It means respect for self and everything else that make up this amazing universe.

To me a black belt means confidence. It means to stop people before or when they hurt me. It means that I will be confident enough to say what I feel and do what I mean. It means I will always stand up for myself and others and always do what's right. That is what a black belt means to me.

It means a high rank belt.It is worn by someone who worked hard to get to that high of a point in karate.Someone who wants to accomplish their goal since white belt all the way to black.Someone who knows they deserve the black belt and works hard to get it.

A black belt to me means an educated white belt. Just because my belt will be black doesnt mean that I am better than someone who isnt a black belt yet, just more experienced. It is just like our skin color it doesnt matter if you are tan or black what matters is the person under the skin. The belt gives me confidence in a goal and myself. As a true black belt I wont start a fight, but if I get caught in the middle of something ugly, I will know how to defend myself.

A black belt is also a white belt that did not quit. Many times I felt like quitting; I either wasnt having fun or didnt think I was getting anything out of the classes. My parents changed my mind by bribing me with a cell phone and pushing me to continue. After a period of time I started to enjoy karate again. I was learning how to defend myself, I was making new friends, and I was becoming stronger. When I made the choice to wait until next year to test, the same things were going to through my mind. This isnt fun; Im not enjoying myself. Then after the stress of a school project passed, I realized how I could test this year and how I might miss out on something I really do enjoy. I have learned my lesson on asking for help from someone with a different perspective from my own and now have a different outlook of things.

To me, a black belt is one of the greatest accomplishments one could ever reach. After years of devotion, it is something that I have come to greatly love. To finally become a first degree black belt is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I think will influence me in ways that only certain things in life can. It has taught me several lessons, for example, discipline. Discipline has become a significant aspect in my life. It has kept me motivated to to my homework, babysitting instead of hanging out with friends, and getting jobs around the house done. I am so grateful to have learned this valuable lesson, and if it wasnt for Karate, it wouldn't have come to my attention. Getting my black belt and participating in this journey would teach me even more.

A Black Belt means the highest honor to me. It represents that I have not quit even though the journey has been very difficult. It also shows people that a Black Belt is very possible. I think that being a Black-Belt shows people that I can teach them correctly. All and all being a Black-Belt means that I can accomplish anything if I put my mind to it.

My black belt is very important to me. First of all, it is a very big honor to have earned my black belt because I have put in so much of time and effort. Earning my black belt was extremely difficult but since I have done it, I can prove to myself that I know how not to give up on what I know I can do. My black belt shows to me that I can always reach the goals that I set for myself. By earning my black belt I have demonstrated to myself that with my focus, concentration, and a long challenging journey, I can achieve things that I wouldnt have expected of achieving before.

The black belt that I have earned also symbolizes many things. My black belt symbolizes the fact that I know how to achieve what I want to and it also symbolizes that I know how to not give up and when I feel like stopping something that I already started, I remember how challenging earning my black belt was and I know that anything else even if its a challenge thats harder or less, I will be able to accomplish it even though I wouldnt think so at the time.

A second degree black belt would mean so much to me. I can barely explain the feeling I would get with it. Knowing that I had accomplished a feat as big as earning a second degree black belt something not a lot of people do is something that I get excited only by thinking about it. As a conclusion, karate is a big part of my life, and the fact that I have a black belt and with a lot of hard work will get a second degree is very amazing.

I want to be a black belt because I feel like accomplishing such a big thing is very exciting and shows that I worked very hard to get it! Being a black belt is more than showing off a beautiful belt and throwing punches and kicks. It means I worked for many years to get a chance to wear this belt. I will feel more confident in myself knowing that I trained hard and at the same time had fun learning new forms, kicks, and punches. Being a black belt means I can do anything!

Hello, my name is Roxana Solhjou. I have been doing karate for over 8 years now. Karate is a huge part of my life now and I wish I could dedicate every minute of my life to martial arts. Karate is the way of life I chose and I would not be the same person without it. I would not be as good of a person nor as confident. Karate is the one place where I can shine and show my true colors. Earning my 2 nd degree black belt means to me that I have accomplished one of many of my lifes goals. When I was little, I thought I wanted to be a doctor or dentist but now I know karate is right thing for me. I will always remember it is not about the color of your belt because that is something that just holds up your pants, but the determination and dedication is what matters the most. I want to accomplish everything I did not do as a 1st degree candidate now and excel at doing it. This journey so far means the world to me and would not want it any other way. This journey is the one thing in my life so far that I have wanted more than anything, so I intend to develop myself in a positive and confident manner. I will always remember martial art is not about how hard you kick or punch, but is about how much work and effort you put into it.

I remember when my brother got his black belt, I was so mesmerized by everything. I just remember telling my brother I cant wait till I get my black belt and have that type of experience. To me a black belt means determination, dedication and perseverance. You have to be determined to become a black belt and you have to focus on your goal. Everything takes practice, I've learned that by practicing a form once doesn't mean you know the form, you have to practice it till you know it by heart. There will be times when you will want to quit but one has to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and that for me is my black belt. Having that black belt around my waist will give me a sense of pride and a feeling of accomplishment. A black belt will mean more to me than a belt around my waist it will symbolize 5 years of effort, hard work, dedication, perseverance, and a dream of a 10 year old girl, who saw on her card "a black belt is a white belt who never quit."

At that point I still had the dream of being the female version of Bruce Lee and all I had in mind was to be able to kick some rear ends. Shortly after I had started the kids, I started noticing the positive changes in my kids. Seena became much more mature calling people mam and sir and his behavior changed quite a bit. Dont take me wrong. He was still a handful! But dealing with him became much more structured. Having Master Fariborz as a male role model in their lives, having him monitor their behavior, school grades, and manners made a world of difference. Beeta on the other hand grew into a confident 4 year old. I remember the day she got her orange belt, I expected her to cling to me and make me go up to the panel with her to get her certificate and belt. My jaw dropped to the floor when her name was called and she just walked right up the panel, shook hands with all the black belts, bowed and got her belt and certificate. I knew then that I have started my children on one the best journeys of their lives. And when I joined a few month later, I quickly got over the kicks and punches. I still wanted to be the female version of Bruce Lee but not the one that people see in the movies; the real Bruce Lee and the way he lived his life. The impact that martial arts and becoming a black bet has had in my life and my childrens lives is so enormous that I cannot summarize it in one essay. My children are now 26 and 27. They have been living the black belt way of life which means they are a black belt in everything they do. They aim high. They do not give up. They are involved in community services. They are mentally and physically healthy. I couldnt be prouder as a mom.

As for me, ditto! I have grown as a human being. I will never be the same person as I was before I started the journey. I repeat myself. In one sentence being a black belt is a way of life. Notice there is a difference between getting a black belt and being a black belt. If you just get a black belt, soon you will become an X black belt. If you become a black belt even without the actual belt, you will live life in a different light. More and more things become meaningful. More and more things start making sense. Your level of appreciation for life, love, humanity, trust, courage and joy will go sky high. I am a proud black belt and proud mother of two other ones. I never say I have a black belt. I say I am a black belt.

I have seen so many people transform their lives over the years studying martial arts. I have seen arrogant people becoming humble just by the act of bowing. I remember years ago, when I was an orange belt, Master Fariborz one day said if I can teach a student to bow when they enter and leave the mat and to their instructors, and they GET the real meaning behind it, I have done my job as a martial arts teacher. You can teach a monkey how to punch and kick. Martial arts is not about kicks and punches. I dont know how deeply I understood it back then but it really touched my heart. I wanted to be part of that mentality and culture and now both my children and I are.

THAT IS WHAT BEING A BLACK BELT IS ALL ABOUT!

In one sentence, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE. It is the ultimate way of life. It is about love, giving, friendship, integrity, honesty, courage, commitment, selflessness, acts of kindness, putting other ahead of you, pride, joy, interdependence, synergy, happiness, feeling happy when you make a difference in someone elses life. Even though I turned the long version into a one sentence version of IT IS A WAY OF LIFE I can go on and write a book about the meaning of black belt. In fact I will do it!

When I was a little girl, Bruce Lee movies were the hottest thing in the movie theaters. I must have been 5 or 6 years old, growing up in Iran. I became obsessed with martial arts at that age and waned so badly to become the female version of Bruce Lee. Of course back in those day (in the 60s) girls didnt study martial arts, especially in the middle-eastern countries. Girls didnt even play soccer back in those days. Every time the boys let me play soccer with them I had to be the goalie! My mothers answer to the request of taking Karate lessons was a very quick and loud NO!

That fire never died in me. 25 or so years later, having lived in the United States since age 17, I was 32 years old, a professional working woman with 2 kids ages 4 and 5. My son Seena was 5 and my daughter Beeta was 4. You know how parents have a tendency to sign up their kids to the classes THEY wanted to take when they were a child and were not able to due to finances, parents or other reasons. Well, I decided to sign up the kids in a Karat class. Keep in mind I had a super high per active son and a super shy and antisocial daughter. I wanted my son, Seena to release all of that extra energy in Karate and my daughter Beeta, to build up more self-confidence and learn how to defend herself. Even though Beeta didnt want to have anything to do with Karate, I made a deal with her. I said Karate is like going to school. You go to school and you go to Karate. If you keep up with it, I will sign you up for any other classes you want like dancing, swimming, gymnastics, etc. Well, I did sign both of them up for many other classes but hey both stuck with Karate and got their black belts. I remember after I signed them up I would go watch them in class and wanted so badly to be out there on the mat and do it myself. But I had all of these internal conversations in my head that it is too late; I am too old; I am an engineer; I am a married woman; I have never done any serious athletic work other than some stretches here and there But, Mr. Fariborz one day offered me a free lesson and I signed up that day. Later on he told me he thought I would never go back after that first class and that he was happy he was wrong.


Whenever I mention that I do Martial Arts, the first question always posed to me is Are you a Black Belt? The rank itself is respected even by those who do not do Martial arts, because they know that to reach that level you have to be serious. When I was younger I thought that the Black Belts were flawless by nature. As I grew up and moved throughout the ranks however, my opinions drastically changed. Behaving like a Black Belt is a constant reaffirmation to the pursuit of excellence. Perfection is a Black Belts asymptote. In mathematics, an asymptote is a line that a curve is constantly approaching but never reaches. A Black Belt is one of these curves, constantly getting closer and closer to the asymptote of excellence, until the distance is so small that it is barely visible. Black Belts are constantly striving, and are not done after they reach their first degree. It means that they have reached a milestone in their lifelong race towards this goal, and if they continue to strive toward this goal, they can find an inner strength and security with the knowledge that they took the hard way. Pursuing this goal is meaningful because of their dedication to being the best that they can be.

My black belt is very important to me. First of all, it is a very big honor to have earned my black belt because I have put in so much of time and effort. Earning my black belt was extremely difficult but since I have done it, I can prove to myself that I know how not to give up on what I know I can do. My black belt shows to me that I can always reach the goals that I set for myself. By earning my black belt I have demonstrated to myself that with my focus, concentration, and a long challenging journey, I can achieve things that I wouldnt have expected of achieving before.
The black belt that I have earned also symbolizes many things. My black belt symbolizes the fact that I know how to achieve what I want to and it also symbolizes that I know how to not give up and when I feel like stopping something that I already started, I remember how challenging earning my black belt was and I know that anything else even if its a challenge thats harder or less, I will be able to accomplish it even though I wouldnt think so at the time.
A second degree black belt would mean so much to me. I can barely explain the feeling I would get with it. Knowing that I had accomplished a feat as big as earning a second degree black belt something not a lot of people do is something that I get excited only by thinking about it. As a conclusion, karate is a big part of my life, and the fact that I have a black belt and with a lot of hard work will get a second degree is very amazing.

Really what a black belt means to me is it a big accomplishment in my life. I have never been committed to anything outside school longer than I have been practicing martial arts. Karate teaches you how to fight and defend yourself. It teaches never to start a fight and only use it for self defense. When I started TKC, I was only 9 years old. On my tryout I could climb all the way to the top of the rope so that gave me confidence. I still remember when I was a green belt, I saw the red and black belts doing Student Creed Form. At the time, the form seemed really confusing. But now I can do more complex forms like Basic Form #4. Getting a black belt tied around my waist by Mr. Fariborz will be a great feeling because I will feel like I have accomplished something big in my life.

From day one since I joined Team Karate Centers (July 2009) I have always wanted a black belt. Karate was not something I ever even consider doing but after my first class I fell in love. I was very young when i first started, the smallest and the youngest in the teens class. Even though i was the smallest and the youngest I was the first one there watching the junior class and the last one to leave because I always wanted to practice in the back if my mother allowed. I have always looked at the black belts on the wall for the canidates that year and always said to my self that one day my black belt will be up there and from up there i will take it down and it will be on my waist.

Once i reached orange belt i got invited to a class called SWAT. SWAT is a class for upcoming instructors. I still remember one day after class i overheard Mr. Bill talking to Mr, Fariborz about me being in SWAT and even though i had no idea what it was i got excited because I knew i was doing something right. Right after that class Mr. Fariborz asked to talk to my mom and it got started from there. So if you are reading this thank you Mr. Bill because if it wasn't for you I do not know if i would have this opportunity. The reason i say this is because one of my goals is to become an Instructor at Team Karate Centers and i know that me getting my black black belt is something i need to accomplish for that goal to come true. Also a black belt means a lot to me because all my hard work has paid off from day one when I got my white belt.

What a black belt means to me is taking a big step in karate. It does not just mean to wear a black fabric belt. It means to be physically and mentally stronger. It also means to be disciplined. When you are black belt you show confidence. It is to do more the bare minimum in life. It also shows I have gained knowledge and skills that are of an advanced level. I must make a lot of sacrifices to train. It means to be a mensch and a hero. It means to be humble and polite. A person who is a black belt is someone who accomplished learning skills, self-defense, and discipline.
Becoming a black belt marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another journey. The first journey starts with a white belt and ends with a black belt. The second journey begins with a persons new life as a black belt. I feel nervous and happy at the same time for almost being a black belt because it is a lot of pressure testing for a black belt and I feel happy because I have made it this far. The journey from white belt from white belt to brown belt was about learning basic karate skills and I was tested on if I knew all the things I was required to learn. The process of becoming a black belt is more than learning just karate. Its a process of developing maturity, physical and mental discipline, and pushing myself to be the best I can in all areas of my life.

I think that I deserve to be a black belt because I am determined to reach my goal. I am willing to do whatever it takes to become a black belt. I also want to grow in my knowledge of martial arts, and continue to study the art. I am also trying to prepare for the difficult training that I must go through in order to earn my belt. I am also trying to prepare for the mental aspect of the exams.

I also believe that I deserve to be a black belt because I would like to learn to be as respectful, responsible, and humble as all of the black belts that I have ever met. I am also trying to conquer all of my dragons such as climbing the rope, and running my mile. I am dedicated to doing this because every time I go into the studio at some point I make sure to try to climb the rope. I have also been running more and more. Also I am really trying to focus on martial arts no matter how hard school gets, I always try to make time for practice because I know that it will all pay off on October 6.

I believe that I deserve to be a black belt because I am dedicated to becoming a black belt. I am also trying to make sure that I practice as much as possible. Also I am trying to focus during class and any time that I am training. I am also starting to realize that what I have done so far is nothing compared to the journey that I am about to embark on. I believe that I deserve to be a black belt because I am 100% willing to put my blood, sweat, and tears into this. These are just a few reasons why I believe that I deserve to be a black belt.

A black belt is a white belt who never quits. To me a black belt is someone who is dedicated to martial arts, and is willing to do whatever it takes to reach thier goals. A black belt is also someone who doesn't think that martial arts is all about speed, kicks, punches, and forms, but realizes that it is also about respect, honor, self discipline, and responsibility. A black belt is not a person who just wants a belt, it is a person who wants to truly understand what martial arts is all about, and also wants to continue expanding their knowledge of the art.
A black belt is also someone who doesn't just want to learn to fight, but wants to learn how to use proper techniques, and be prepared if they have to use their art. A black belt is also someone who doesn't brag, or boast about their belt, but keeps it private and continues to study. Also a black belt is someone who realizes how amazing all of the techniques that they learn are, and tries to think of how they can work in a real situation in which they would actually need to use it. Lastly a black belt is someone who does not judge, but takes time to get to know someone, or something.

A black belt is a symbol of strength , honor and respect . people say i know karate but a black says nothing . you cant brag about . it means you have worked hard and took you time out of your day to go to karate . it means youve gone through white to black . other people just think a black means you know karate but thats not true . you have to earn it, you cant go Macys and buy a black belt . after all thats what a black belt means to me .

A Black Belt means that I have done what very few have and many wanted to do. It would be a very big deal. A Black Belt means that I have succeeded in accomplishing something that I have put a lot of time in. It means that I am responsible. A Black Belt means to me that I can do anything as long as I work hard for it. It means that I have completed a long journey.

If you want a short summary, a black belt basically means to me that no matter what the task is, I can accomplish it.

The black belt is a state of mind in which one chooses to commit to a way of life that challenges you in every way. You and only you can choose the way you will handle things in every day life.
The kicking, punching, and grappling is just a part of it, and the other is the way you carry yourself and your willingness to take the bad and find the good in it. It is to forgive without hesitation, and to especially look to others and find the good in them. It is not to do what all others are doing, but to do the right thing and not look for self-gain, and be willing to sacrifice for the well being of others as well as yourself.
When I started this journey I said that it was for my daughter, however not long ago I came to the realization that I have to do this for me too. In leading by example I am realizing the value of self-commitment for me, and instilling that in my daughter and anyone else in my life.
As a student of martial arts I want to keep up the challenges I face and improve on what a black belt is suppose to do, like help your community and try to inspire others to do the same and hopefully one by one they can change their way of thinking. I hope to complete this challenge in order to receive other challenges, as they will never stop coming.

To me, a Black Belt means that you are ready to have this responsibility lying on your shoulders. It means to me that you are ready to be the role model for all of the other less ranked belts. I think it means that you are ready to work harder than you ever have. It means to me that you are always working with your fellow peers. Even if you dont want to work with a specific person, you dont say anything and you just do what you are told. This is what a Black Belt means to me.

I would give up many things to get my black belt. An example of one of thing I have given up is sugar. I made this commitment based on a request from Sensei Fariborz, as well as my desire to promote good health and discipline. Another example of my commitment is the additional time I have devote to my training. My goal is to perfect my forms, kicks and weapons. My training has already increased from 2 days a week to 4.
Beyond karate, I have been training to run a mile. At first I found this very difficult. I have been getting better and better each day. My first mile was 12 minutes and now my best time has been 9 minutes.
For holidays and my birthday I have asked for the tools I need for karate instead of toys. For my birthday I asked for my sparing gear, then for Easter it was my staff. Now you know that I am willing to give up so many things because a black belt is so important to me. I am planning to work hard on my journey by practicing every day and continuing not to eat sugar. Earning a black belt to me means more than the things I am giving up because I know how big this accomplishment is for me.

A Black Belt means the achievement of a difficult goal. It means that that you are skilled at martial arts. That you never gave up and no matter how lazy you were you kept on going. A Black Belt is a symbol of courage, power and wisdom. Its a sign that you are able to determine yourself and that you are able to achieve what you put your mind on. Also it is a person who will pull through no matter how tough things get. Overall a Black Belt is proving to myself that I can do anything as long as I keep trying and put forth the effort necessary to achieve the goal.

My black belt would mean so much to me because that means that I know I accomplished something great. I will know that I worked very hard for something that I put a lot of work, bruises and crying into. Even when I tried and tried and eventually got frustrated, I would always get the form or kick or punch when I really concentrated and put my mind to it without a single distraction. Having a black belt would mean that I really tried and put my mind to something that I loved to do.

I think a black belt means the highest rank in karate for people who work very hard to achieve it. When I hear someone say theyre a black belt, I think thats really cool and that they must have worked very hard and dedicated a lot of time to karate. What a black belt means to me personally is a symbol of hard work, dedication, skills, strength, and honor. My black belt would mean a lot to me because all my hard work would have paid off. If I pass the black belt test, it will be another great achievement for me this year. Getting a black belt would also be very special to me because less than 1% of kids participate in karate and less than that get one. It would also mean I have accomplished what 90% of adults want to do.

A black belt means like someone who accomplished his dream & he never gave up .

A black belt does not only means you are a fighter but it means you know how to defend yourself by using your forms correctly. I think a black belt means like a good teacher to teach his new students how to learn new martial art by motivating , encouraging and enjoying it . A black belt means you achieve your goal without giving up. Not only your body is strong but your mind also. I learned if I promise to myself to start something even if it is very hard but I will finish it. The black belt is not the color of the belt , it is your accomplishments. I give you an example , imagine you are standing front of a high hill & you tell yourself you cannot clim up on this hill. After trying to climbing up , you may fall several times, cry because you are hurt . You might come down & refuse to clim up because it's hard but at the same time you are upset with yourself because you do not want to give up.

The black belt is just like when you clim up on that hill & you are proud of yourself accomplishment!

To me, a Black Belt is a representation of hard work and persistence. To have truly earned a black belt means that I never gave up and I always did my best. It means that I did not take it for granted. Earning my black belt will not only mean that I did my best; it will also mean that my instructors have done their best to help me progress and succeed.

A black belt represents honesty, community, strength, knowledge, discipline, self-discipline, coordination, friendship, teamwork, confidence, and the willingness to always do what is right. These are qualities that the Little Ninjas must learn by the time they receive their black belts. When someone has earned a black belt, it means that they have grown as a person and a martial artist just as those children have grown and matured. I intend to grow as a person, student, martial artist, and teacher.

All those traits mentioned above should be seen inside and outside the studio. Sensei Fariborz has said that we should be a positive influence in every aspect of our lives. Every quality of a black belt that I mentioned above, from honesty to the willingness to always do what is right, should be a part of our everyday lives. To be a black belt means that you express these qualities in every part of your life such as work, school, family, and of course community.

Respectfully,
Ryan Rochel

A Black Belt means that I have done what very few have and many wanted to do. It would be a very big deal. A Black Belt means that I have succeeded in accomplishing something that I have put a lot of time in. It means that I am responsible. A Black Belt means to me that I can do anything as long as I work hard for it. It means that I have completed a long journey.

To me, a Black Belt means, you have reached your goal. A black Belt also means to me all your hard work and effort has paid off. A Black Belt means to me I have never given up and I think who ever gave up is missing all this excitement.

My understanding of a black belt has changed throughout my training at TKC. When I first started karate at TKC, I thought a black belt meant the utmost perfection in the martial arts. I believed that to earn your black belt you had to have the perfect angle on your kick, that your punch had to push somebody through the wall, and that your forms had to be so perfect that the instructors would be in awe. When I became a brown belt, however, I realized that a black belt isn't necessarily perfection, but rather just the beginning. It became a marker of potential as much as a marker of accomplishment.
It was when I actually started training for this amazing achievement that I finally understood that a black belt means pushing yourself. Some say the journey is more important than the destination. I believe this is true with the black belt. If one was born knowing every aspect of martial arts, there would be no reason for a journey and his black belt would have less meaning. The black belt is not about knowing martial arts, it is about learning martial arts. The journey is the black belt.
I learned that I am not going on this journey because of a whim, or because I want to make everybody else proud, or because I want to show it off. I am doing all of this simply for myself. This running, training, kicking, and punching is simply to strengthen my mind, spirit, and body. My position on this has evolved throughout my six years at TKC, and my final conclusion is that a black belt is not a just a black strip of cloth around your waist, it is MUCH bigger.

I think I deserve a black belt because I have been studying Hapkido for over 6 years and have become very skilled. I work hard on achieving my goals in karate to eventually get my black belt. I practice a lot by coming to class 2-3 times a week. Also, with all the activities I do, Im still a straight A student. At 5 I joined Little Ninjas with my friend Josh Younesi. We worked hard and at 7 we got our black belts and joined Mr. Ashs class. Josh left, but I kept going until I got to where I am today.
I also deserve my black belt because I fix my mistakes as best as I can and sometimes help other students. I try to perfect my forms and improve my speed, power, and stamina. When I spar I always try to find new tactics whether its better defense or trying to be more aggressive. This year I am trying to work extra hard to get my kicks and my forms down. I am training hard for my qualification exam because I know if I can do it there's nothing to worry about. I am also a boy scout so I listen, am brave, and never give up.

To me a black belt is someone who has reached a hard goal. No matter what happens you are determined to reach a goal that you have. To me, it also means someone who protects others not just yourself. You must also have compassion for others. You is just a fraction of yourself. Every chance you have, you help others. A black belt is someone who is mentally and physically strong. If a black belt is asked to spar with a stranger or bigger person, they go for it. Most of all a black belt never, ever gives up or quits before achieving their goal. Also a black belt is a teacher and a leader everywhere he goes.
Helping others to have confidence and to inspire others to achieve their goals.

Having a black belt means many things to me. I feel like I will have reached my goal point. Once Sensei Fariborz ties that black belt around my waist, I know my goal will have been reached. I also know it will not be the end of my journey. One with a black belt is someone who has gone through a lot of training and sacrifices to get to that point. Even though the goal has been reached, you have to continue with everything you have learned throughout your life. Going through the process to the black belt gave me discipline and made me aware of my surroundings. I know that being a black belt candidate means that I have gone on a long journey that made me who I am.

A black belt means like someone who accomplished his dream & he never gave up .

A black belt does not only means you are a fighter but it means you know how to defend yourself by using your forms correctly. I think a black belt means like a good teacher to teach his new students how to learn new martial art by motivating , encouraging and enjoying it . A black belt means you achieve your goal without giving up. Not only your body is strong but your mind also. I learned if I promise to myself to start something even if it is very hard but I will finish it. The black belt is not the color of the belt , it is your accomplishments. I give you an example , imagine you are standing front of a high hill & you tell yourself you cannot climb up on this hill. After trying to climbing up , you may fall several times, cry because you are hurt . You might come down & refuse to climb up because it's hard but at the same time you are upset with yourself because you do not want to give up.

The black belt is just like when you climb up on that hill & you are proud of yourself accomplishment!

Someone who is working hard on forms,kicking combinations,defense and offense,and more.It means someone who is in a higher rank than others because they took classes,had private lessons,and taught classes and helped people to get something right .They did their best on working hard on something.Someone who likes to teach and enjoys working with other kids,teenagers,or adults.A Black Belt is not only the color of your belt it is what you did to achieve it.A Black Belt is something that shows how hard someone worked to get that far.

It means a level of achievement for myself and the culmination of the efforts and sacrifices and dedication of time and instruction and care from my Sensei and all the teachers and instructors, including fellow candidates and students of all years at TKC and in my life. While each belt has been a minor achievement of those efforts and dedication, this level is one of major significants leading to more possibilities that enable even greater opportunities to achieve. This for family, community and myself.
It also means to me:
A Black Belt means to me that I have been recognized by my Sensei as achieivng a level of competence in the art form of Karate. Achieivng this level is not only just physical but also in the mind and in the heart as well as the body and the Spirit. It also is for me a gateway to new challenges and possibilities of achievement in the continued practice and study of Martial Arts.

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