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Old 22-Jun-2011, 04:16 PM
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After years of training the black belt begins to get worn and fade, returning to white almost. Ironically, this could be seen to symbolise the return to the beginning, completing the circle and coming close to achieving the ultimate goal. The empty mind.
Also ironically, in judo when you become 10th dan you get a broad white belt with a bit of red in it. Looking somewhat like a beginner! lol
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Old 26-Jun-2011, 12:26 PM
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good article..thanks for sharing
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Old 11-Oct-2011, 09:27 PM
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Well said. I was strangely conlicted after my first shodan. It felt like a journey of ten thousand miles was placed in front of me. I was expecting to feel.....more accomplished but all i felt was, "i know nothing".
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Very good article. I'm a shodan of a few months and i'm finding training harder and more frustrating than ever. It is good to know this is normal. I'm told in my assosiation you grow into the belt, so i intend to keep training. My sensei also trains Koryu Uchinadi, so that helps shake things up. I attend Gasshuku and seminars and want to start looking at other clubs to, not many in town have Shodans though. I'm not up for black belt competition yet though.
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Diolch yn fawr, Llama! That was well written.
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very good article,thanks
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Old 16-Oct-2011, 11:08 AM
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Also ironically, in judo when you become 10th dan you get a broad white belt with a bit of red in it. Looking somewhat like a beginner! lol
that's so cool - all that time and effort and POOF! white belt again!
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Old 17-Oct-2011, 10:38 AM
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wonderful! just when I thought we were good and traditional in our town, I heard of a mcdojo that gives you your black belt in 8 months.

Good post sir
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wonderful! just when I thought we were good and traditional in our town, I heard of a mcdojo that gives you your black belt in 8 months.
They also give you fries with that
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Old 22-Oct-2011, 02:59 AM
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that's so cool - all that time and effort and POOF! white belt again!
in Karate its a white and red belt such as http://www.google.com.au/imgres?q=ka...:0&tx=94&ty=91
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I could not agree more. I recently received my Sondan, and that alone brings questions, and then when I mention that I have that title in ninjutsu--you would not believe the comments i get sometimes.
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Now that I reached shodan last week, I have the idea that more than when be(come)ing brown belt I act as an example to the juniors/lower grades.
I do hope to get some more freedom to focus more on things I like, now that I got the basics down.
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Wow! Very nice. I don't teach Japanese martial arts, but I feel your article hit the spot with my martial art as well. I plan to share your insight with my students.
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I would say the only thing getting a black belt has done for me is give me a great sense of accomplishment. It took me five years and wasn't just 'given' to me but i worked my tail off to get it. I would guess the personal sense of accomplishment has given me some well needed confidence but that's about it.
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Old 21-Dec-2011, 07:08 AM
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"Iím sure youíve had people ask if you can do flying kicks or kill someone with your bare hands."

Even at lower belts, this question gets asked. But I agree that when you reach black belt, then you can begin to learn. My sensei put it like this: "When you reach your first Dan, then you'll experience new sorts of pain that you never knew existed before." I find this post informative and fun reading at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing =)
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