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What is a Blackbelt REALLY?

Good morning!


I wanted to share with you some thoughts on the blackbelt.


Most people assume blackbelts carry these traits:


1. You must be exceptionally good at martial arts

2. You can defend yourself

3. You’re very confident

4. You have qualities of a leader


And yes, I agree these traits SHOULD be part of a blackbelts character.


But there are 2 things that are missing…


In our kids classes, one of the things kids learn is the philosophy of “kaizen” also known as continuous improvement.


This means that learning never stops, and as soon as you settle for what you have and think you are doing learning, you don’t go forwards you actually go backwards.


Every once in a while, I ask the class “What is a blackbelt?”


Often times kids say “You punch and kick really good”

or “They can fight off any bad guy”


I usually follow up with another question and say “Do you guys think you can be blackbelts?”


A few kids raise their hands slowly thinking it’s a trick question lol


But here’s what a blackbelt really is…


A blackbelt is a white belt…who never gave up. Everytime I say this, some kids jaws drop, and you can see in some of the kids faces the look of “Oh..I can do it then!”


In life, we often experience set backs, difficulties, and things that are going to make us feel like quitting.


But if there was one major lesson (other than striving to be the nicest person around) i learned from martial arts, it was the lesson of perseverance.


Some of these lessons directly in martial arts were:

Going to class when I didn’t feel like it

Pushing through a hard exercise and getting stronger

Maintaining a healthy weight and forcing myself to watch my habits

Learning to overcome the fear of sparring

Discovering my gift to work through difficiculties


And how did it translate in normal everyday life? (and mind you, this isn’t just me but literally millions of people around the world who do take martial arts seriously)


Learning to do better in school and study harder

Getting over emotionally difficulties in life

Realizing that there’s always a reward with hard work

Defending myself and friends and family

Going after what I want and not settling for less.


If you want your kids to have this mindset shift, martial arts as you can see is much more than just punches and kicks.


If you’d like to try us out, we do offer a 2 week trial on our website. (Just click on a program to get started)


Have an awesome week!

– Taylor Kelley