I used to think everyone could be a black belt.
The ‘way’ was simple;
All they had to do was train every day for 3 – 5 yrs,
Attend 2 or 3 lessons a week,
Pay attention to instruction,
And they would make the grade.
Over the years I realised that was not true.
Many won’t make it as long as they have a hole in their backside.
Some are just scared of the responsibility of being good,
Some are scared of their spouses and family,
Who don’t want a stronger version of them.
Some are just so weak willed they don’t have it in them.
Most people blame the Instructor,
Or family or work commitments,
Or their relationship with other students,
Or that ‘the boss’ (their spouse) won’t let them.
Or nagging injury or illness,
Not realising that overcoming these problems is what makes a black belt.
Some give up when they get a black belt.
Not realising that is also a test.
Black belt means beginner,
It only means that you’ve found the ladder to climb.
‘Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory’ describes them well.
A black belt is an investment in a person.
It is only a belt and a piece of paper
Wearing it is another thing.
Many martial artists don’t realise they failed at that point.
Taking responsibility for themselves,
Their own training,
Their own standards,
Their own progress,
Never blaming others for a setback,
Being strong enough to help others,
THAT’s a black belt.