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What’s a Black Belt Test Like?

What’s a Black Belt Test Like?

A frequent question from coworkers and friends, what is a karate test like? What’s a black belt test like? Most other hobbies, extracurricular activities, or even passions don’t have a similar evaluation system built in as martial arts does. There is a certain “mystique” to what people believe about karate exams. What follows are stories of my experiences. Keep in mind, other martial arts styles, other schools, even other instructors could do their testing differently. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Personal Stories, Sparring

Black Belt Thesis: How Blogging Can Help a Karate School Grow

Black Belt Thesis: How Blogging Can Help a Karate School Grow

Like the Brown Belt Thesis post, this is a long article. You’ve been warned. I tested for my Black Belt recently. Though I didn’t pass (this time), and have further improvements to make, this is the Black Belt thesis I submitted. Each martial artist in Kenpo is tasked with creating a black belt thesis to show what they can give back to the art. The topics are far reaching and can cover anything. The goal of mine … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Philosophy, School Information

Who are you competitive with?

Who are you competitive with?

While at my alter-ego day job the other day and also in the break room playing ping pong with a coworker, he remarked he thought most black belts were super competitive. Now my coworker certainly has an authoritative opinion on this as he’s a black belt in Jiu Jitsu along with a few other styles. He’s also competitive at ping pong. I disagreed saying, while I’m not yet a black belt, I don’t believe most are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Philosophy

Brown Belt Thesis

Brown Belt Thesis

Fair warning up front, this is a long post. For my 3rd degree brown belt test in October 2010, Mr. Brian Duffy asked me to write a Brown Belt Thesis. The purpose behind the thesis, and the subsequent one necessary for black belt, should be what you can offer the Art. While I don’t believe there is a requirement for the length of the thesis, it should be long enough to convey the point adequately. My … Read entire article »

Filed under: Belt Promotion, Personal Stories

How is a black belt like a college degree?

When I was in high school and college, my dad used to tell me a college degree isn’t really about what the university teaches you. Sure the course work matters some, but your job is going to teach you the skills they really want you to have. He’d say a college degree is more a measurement of fortitude. The harder the degree and the school then it would give you a tougher endurance test and therefore … Read entire article »

Filed under: Personal Stories

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