- Black Belt Prestige
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Children black belts
Since a martial art is a fighting art (not a sport, not a hobby, not a physical training activity) whose primary purpose is to stop, incapacitate, injure, or kill an attacker or a potential attacker, it involves complex problem solving, deep emotional feelings, life or death decision making, and a thinking process that only come through maturity. A child may be physically able to perform the motions of a black belt, but they cannot think as a black belt since their brains have not matured enough to deal with the situations that a black belt is expected to handle. Therefore, only an adult may become an actual black belt. Just as children may think they are adults and may pretend to be adults, black belt children only think and pretend they are black belts.
Just because one outwardly appears to be a black belt, that does make the person a black belt. A junior police cadet who has completed police officer training and was the first in her class is not a police officer, even if she wears a police officer uniform. She must wait until she is 21 years old before she will even be considered by police department. Decisions about the use of deadly force cannot be entrusted to the immature, since the immature cannot make proper decisions in highly volatile, emotions situations. Yet, there are those who see no problem in teaching deadly force to children.
A child cannot vote or legally enter into a contract (including a contract with a martial art school) until he or she is 18 years of age because of immaturity. Parents are legally responsible for the well-being and actions of their immature children until the children reach 18 years of age. Yet some martial art organizations, schools, and instructors, award black belts to children. In effect, they are saying the children are capable of making adult life or death decisions, that the children have the proven legal, physical, mental, and emotional ability to do what it takes to be a warrior and an expert in hand-to-hand combat. This is a fraud that is being perpetrated not only against the public, but also against the martial arts community.