Achieving Rank

Achieving Rank

Joined: May 23rd, 2009, 9:39 pm

August 11th, 2010, 12:12 am #1

I have been reading a great thread about not cheaping rank when giving it to students. On that note, (and I realize this is probably a common topic), who can achieve the rank of black belt?

I have heard the adage "average people don't get black belts", but I have seen many many people with black belts that are far below the same level as others. Do you give a student a black belt becuase they are really good at forms, but average or less than average at the rest? Or a great fighter, but can't remember techniques or is less than average at those.... or any other combination? Do you give a student rank because they have persevered through the trails and tribulations of the art and they hit their 4-6 year mark and they are moved up? I realize that not everybody is created equal, but as a black belt shouldn't you be able to protect yourself? That is the idea in my eyes anyways...............


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August 11th, 2010, 2:07 am #2

http://www.maxdojo.com/article19.html

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Maurice A. Gomez Sr.
USA - Head Instructor
MAX Dojo American Kenpo Karate Studios
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Joined: March 10th, 2008, 4:57 am

August 11th, 2010, 6:15 am #3

I have been reading a great thread about not cheaping rank when giving it to students. On that note, (and I realize this is probably a common topic), who can achieve the rank of black belt?

I have heard the adage "average people don't get black belts", but I have seen many many people with black belts that are far below the same level as others. Do you give a student a black belt becuase they are really good at forms, but average or less than average at the rest? Or a great fighter, but can't remember techniques or is less than average at those.... or any other combination? Do you give a student rank because they have persevered through the trails and tribulations of the art and they hit their 4-6 year mark and they are moved up? I realize that not everybody is created equal, but as a black belt shouldn't you be able to protect yourself? That is the idea in my eyes anyways...............


Regards
Well, you wrote a great article! Nicely done... my opinion on BB's is that of the traditionalists, earn it. I have no ideals, only requirements of individuals to be better than they where, to grow beyond that which they once valued and held closely as being all that they are. "Paper Tigers" I will have none of it, truly if an artist is.... I will stop.
Thanks for writing and posting a great little piece.

Good journey,
Todd Durgan
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August 11th, 2010, 6:44 am #4

I have been reading a great thread about not cheaping rank when giving it to students. On that note, (and I realize this is probably a common topic), who can achieve the rank of black belt?

I have heard the adage "average people don't get black belts", but I have seen many many people with black belts that are far below the same level as others. Do you give a student a black belt becuase they are really good at forms, but average or less than average at the rest? Or a great fighter, but can't remember techniques or is less than average at those.... or any other combination? Do you give a student rank because they have persevered through the trails and tribulations of the art and they hit their 4-6 year mark and they are moved up? I realize that not everybody is created equal, but as a black belt shouldn't you be able to protect yourself? That is the idea in my eyes anyways...............


Regards
You give belts for a number of reasons. One of those reasons includes keeping a karate school financially prosperous. In the end you will end up with students that have great skill sets and those who don't.

Personally and idealisticly I would like to see all black belts have solid basics. I think we need to remember that a first degree black belt is not some big deal. It represents that the student is ready to proceed to the starting gate.
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August 11th, 2010, 8:19 am #5

http://www.maxdojo.com/article19.html

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Maurice A. Gomez Sr.
USA - Head Instructor
MAX Dojo American Kenpo Karate Studios
Great article, I fully agree with it.

I'd recommend your other articles too BTW.

Thanks for posting those,
Marcel

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Joined: May 30th, 2007, 11:44 pm

August 12th, 2010, 5:45 pm #6

http://www.maxdojo.com/article19.html

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Maurice A. Gomez Sr.
USA - Head Instructor
MAX Dojo American Kenpo Karate Studios
Great article.

David Strobel
Minnesota Kenpo Karate Studio
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Joined: May 7th, 2009, 2:29 am

August 14th, 2010, 10:13 pm #7

I have been reading a great thread about not cheaping rank when giving it to students. On that note, (and I realize this is probably a common topic), who can achieve the rank of black belt?

I have heard the adage "average people don't get black belts", but I have seen many many people with black belts that are far below the same level as others. Do you give a student a black belt becuase they are really good at forms, but average or less than average at the rest? Or a great fighter, but can't remember techniques or is less than average at those.... or any other combination? Do you give a student rank because they have persevered through the trails and tribulations of the art and they hit their 4-6 year mark and they are moved up? I realize that not everybody is created equal, but as a black belt shouldn't you be able to protect yourself? That is the idea in my eyes anyways...............


Regards
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August 19th, 2010, 3:18 pm #8

http://www.maxdojo.com/article19.html

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Maurice A. Gomez Sr.
USA - Head Instructor
MAX Dojo American Kenpo Karate Studios
Nice article!

"Whose "ism's" are those?"
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September 21st, 2010, 9:15 am #9

http://www.maxdojo.com/article19.html

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Maurice A. Gomez Sr.
USA - Head Instructor
MAX Dojo American Kenpo Karate Studios
Hi Maurice,

Finally finished translating your article on Fear for our website. You can see it onhttp://katsudokenpo.blogspot.com/2010/0 ... ez-sr.html

Thanks again, if you like anything mentioned differently, please let me know.

regards,
Marcel

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http://www.katsudokenpo.nl
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