- Black Belt Prestige
- High times
- Low times
- What happened?
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- Children black belts
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- Women black belts
- Physically or mentally disabled
- Over the hill black belts
- You can still do that which you do, because you do it.
- Is there something that can be done?
- Has the prestige of the black belt been lost forever?
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In the past, the black belt was the elusive, ultimate goal of all martial art practitioners. It marked a person as a warrior who had endured years of arduous training and hours of tough testing by martial art masters to earn the coveted belt. Black belts used to be rare; partially because there were not many martial art schools around, but mainly because the requirements for black belt were so high that most people did not want to put in the time, effort, and pain it took to earn one (in the past, money was not a limitation since instructors charged little to nothing).
The black belt once held a position of high prestige. Everyone wanted one, but few had one. However, times have changed!