Achieving the rank of black belt is an amazing accomplishment that requires training, dedication, and the desire to reach a lofty and honorable goal. Karate West black belts are some of the best in the nation.
Through Karate West’s fun but challenging curriculum, students learn what it takes to become a skilled martial artist both physically and mentally. Through their path toward black belt, our students attain physical acuity, mental strength, and inner power.
We value the things in life that take work. Karate West’s black belt exam is very rigorous. Like anything we choose in life, from the university we attend, to the life partner we marry, to the friends we spend our time with, it is important we choose the fit that brings us closer to our ideal self. And sometimes, the best is not the easiest.
Karate West’s black belt test is just that: it the best, but it is not the easiest.
How long does it take to get your black belt?
Do I have to spar on my test?
What is the Black Belt Prep Course?
Do I need a partner for the test?
How much practice is required outside of my normal training and Black Belt Prep Course?
Can people watch the test?
What if I fail?
Once I pass my black belt test, can I keep training? Is there more learning beyond black belt?
My black belt really makes me who I am today. I tend to be a fun and open guy, and I think that through my training at Karate West, I was able to become more confident about who I am. My black belt also serves as a reminder that I can overcome anything that I put my mind to, and it motivates me to be the best person that I can be. Getting my black belt also taught me how to discipline myself. As I prepared for my black belt test, I learned that there is no gray area to fall between after the test; everything is strictly black or white (pun absolutely intended), and I learned to discipline myself in order to accomplish what I want to do and succeed. And that is what my black belt means to me.
My black belt is a reminder of the journey I made to achieve it. It reminds me of the challenges I faced, and the times I felt like giving up, and how I can achieve great things with hard work. However, what my black belt most reminds me of, is the people that helped me to achieve it; those that were there to support me, encourage me, and how important it is to continue to help and encourage others, similar to how others did for me. My black belt reminds me of my family at Karate West, that is something I will always have with me.
To me, a black belt is overcoming failure. It is persevering through challenges and overcoming obstacles. To me, it means failing brown with a black stripe once, red belt once, and most of all, a black belt once. Anyone can buy a black belt, but no one can buy the experience. You can not buy accomplishment or memories. A black belt is what you get after you have lived the experience of truly working hard daily and waking up at 6am on a Saturday. A black belt is the result of 7 years of training.
My Black Belt is a thousand memories. Along my journey I learned perseverance, determination and a lot of patience. When I think of my black belt and what I learned at the karate school, I think I mastered the basics, but not just the basics of Karate but the basics of life. It was the karate school that taught me so much, how one should act and behave. How to treat others you meet. The power of enthusiasm, and the ideas of honesty. I was not a hardworking, and determined person when I arrived. I was that toddler that ran away from teachers, drooled on the floor and burrowed into the buckets of gear. Through my time at the karate school earning my black belt, I became the hard working, energetic person I am today. To me, my black belt means the start of my life.