Do You Have What it Takes to Become a Black Belt?

What does it mean to be a Black Belt? By definition the meaning of Black Belt is, “Opposite of white, therefore, signifying the maturity and proficiency in Taekwondo” (Gen. Choi Hong Hi, 1999, pp. 373). As any Black Belt would know, the journey towards gaining a Black Belt is a long and arduous undertaking, and every individual who undertakes this journey, will have their own perspective on what being a Black Belt really means.

A Black Belt is the next step on your Taekwondo journey and means that you have demonstrated proficiency in Taekwondo, it does not mean that you are an “expert” but that you are continuing to learn at a higher level.

The Black Belt is a reminder of the tremendous personal growth you’ve made while training, becoming fit, learning technique, gaining confidence, becoming disciplined, showing respect, overcoming mental and physical challenges. It’s not about the physical belt, it’s about all of the challenges that you have overcome during you Taekwondo journey to this point.

A Black Belt holder will fully understands and embraces the tenets of Taekwondo

  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Control
  • Indomitable Spirit

How long does it take to become a Black Belt?

How many years does a tree take to produce its first fruit or seed?  Orange trees take from 5 to 7 years.  A pecan tree might take 15 years.  An oak tree can take 20 to 30 years to drop its first acorn.  There is no single answer because each tree is different, but none of them will produce their fruit before their time.

In the Martial Art, each individual person is different.  The quality of instruction can keep things on track with good instruction and a good student, or delay them with poor instruction, or a student lacking in something.  However, labelling someone a “Black Belt” and giving them a certificate before they are qualified (in a relatively short time — like 1 or 2 years), is like attaching fake fruit to a tree, and saying it is ready for harvest.