The Karate Guy Profile

By: The Karate Guy  09-12-2011
Keywords: Martial Arts, Black Belt

Throughout my young martial arts career I've met great Black Belts and not so great Black Belts. I won't spend much time on the not so greats. However, the not so greats had, and continue to have, a major impact on my career. I believe the most important part of your martial arts training should be about who you are as a person, not your rank. As a Black Belt, you should realize the incredible responsibility that accompanies being a Black Belt. People who do not do martial arts will be impressed with your accomplishment and people working towards a Black Belt will hold your opinion in high regard. In a society of fallen idols a Black Belt and what it symbolizes is a breath of fresh, strong and wholesome air. Then you come across one of the bad guys in the martial arts. Their Black Belt came with way too much ego, their methods of training are more abusive than helpful, or they even put the almighty dollar ahead of integrity. Well eventually they do end up like the movies, losing everything. It's the people affected along the way that bothers me.

There is a new breed of martial artists emerging. They teach quick fix approaches with gross motor control movements and nerve cluster striking and if it saves you one day, great. Does it make you a better person? The better person part comes from struggling to achieve your goals. It's why the Black Belt is so honoured. If you have one, you know exactly what you had to do in order to get it. And guaranteed, it has made an impact on your life and who you are.

Respect, seek it and it will evade you, demand it and it hides, but take complete responsibility for your life and it will embrace you forever.

Everyday I enjoy the journey that the martial arts has put me on. I encourage you to enjoy your martial arts journey as well.

Keywords: Black Belt, Martial Arts

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