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Earning Belts In The Martial Arts

Recognition For Your Results - Color Belt Testing

Posted: March 26, 2019

“The one thing that never seems to change, is that everything seems to change.” -Anonymous 


Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well. 

Every serious Martial Artist sets Black Belt as their minimum goal. 

You already knew that. 

While there is not a universally agreed upon list of requirements for earning each belt rank in the Martial Arts, a few general principles hold true across the board. 

Here are a few guildines, which certainly apply to our approach.


The 4 C's of the Belt System...

 • Courage - White Belt is a universal symbol of courage in the Martial Arts. Courage is essential for success in all areas of life. It precedes confidence. Courage is the character trait that enables us to overcome our fears and face the unknown. 

• Competence - Color Belts represent a continuum of achievement, based on individual potential. Proficiency is a function of persistence and focus. Color Belts are a powerful way to recognize the experience and incremental progress which leads to competence.  

• Confidence - Color Belts also represent levels of confidence which come from experience. When we establish a pattern of consistent achievement, based on the pursuit of a specific outcome, our confidence increases. Accomplishments provide us with an established set of references or examples, which validate and reinforce belief in our own abilities. 

• Credibility - Black Belt is a mark of maturity. It represents credibility. Earning a Black Belt requires dedication and follow through. Everyone who earns the rank of Black Belt; sets and achieves goals, makes promises and keeps them, establishes commitments and honors them. A person who earns their Black Belt has tremendous credibility.


Perhaps these concepts shed some light on what tends to be an unnecessarily mysterious subject.

I look forward to seeing you and your family in class at the Dojo.



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford 


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