Honorable Black Belts Of Higher Rank


You are a very good martial artist and teacher. It took many years of long hours and hard work to reach your present rank. Your students love, respect and rightly believe that you are the greatest. Your students perform well on tests and in competition. But, is this enough? Is this your final personal goal? We know that you are a role model to your students but, do you have a personal role model? What about your Grandmaster? Does he/she receive the recognition that they deserve? Do you receive the recognition that you deserve?


A.        It is the job of the Grandmaster to educate, assure and give support; to innovate and to push you harder each time you reach a certain level of change. Personally, I love change, for without it there can be little or no progress.


B.         Most Grandmasters have achieved great success in the martial arts earning high rank, awards and citations of merit. Many have created excellent instructors who are operating their own successful schools and programs. Some of you have developed and created advanced information to enhance and help your present art to grow.


            Have you ever asked what makes your Grandmaster happy? What can you do to highlight your special martial art? Listed below are some excellent ideas.



            1.         To share all the good things that he/she has developed and received with others so that they also may freely enjoy them.


            2.         To have his/her black belts to continue training to earn advanced degrees. For you who say that all a belt is good for is to hold up your pants, you have been watching too many “Karate Kid” movies. Rank is important, whether it be in the military, the masons, or in the professional field. Those who hold titles and who are known outside their little world will be the ones to achieve success.


            3.         When opportunity knocks, anyone who closes open doors is being very foolish. If you have the opportunity to train with others, do it. If invited to join a larger organization that can add to your measure of success, do that. If given the chance to be inducted into various halls of fame, take it.


            4.         Appear in local newspapers, write articles, go to community meetings and enter your students in tournaments. Attend conventions and seminars. Hang out with other martial artists who share your beliefs. In other words, go for the gold ring and enjoy what you have worked so long and hard for. Do you really deserve all this hoopla? You bet you do. While others stayed home and watched T.V. you were attending class on hot days and cold nights. You may be humble, quiet and not particularly fond of the lime light but, if you avoid the fanfare, then you are missing many opportunities to express your views, to demonstrate your skills, and to meet great, new people.


            5.         Do not light a candle and cover it with a basket, for if you do, the room will still remain dark. Instead, put the lighted candle on top of the basket to light up the room. In fact, you have a responsibility to share your skills and talents with others; for life demands this of the professional. Does a doctor or lawyer earn their degrees and then refuse to share this knowledge with others? Are you less of a professional?


            6.         Put a biography together about yourself. Lists your skills, your hobbies, all the clubs and organizations you have been involved in, your military background, church involvement, and in detail your martial arts history. Upgrade this bio as your status changes.


            7.         The martial arts do not need humble, laid back instructors who are satisfied with the status quo. The world is rapidly changing. The family system is breaking up; the terrorists have struck home. Now, more than ever, we need role models who are willing to stand up and be recognized. You have the talents and skills, use them. Make your Grandmaster, the martial arts, your students and yourself proud.



            There are many Black Belts of various degrees that teach their art, day in and day out, year after year, at little known places, such as local YMCAs, recreations and parks, community centers, churches and other places of worship. They are totally satisfied just to produce excellent students and to serve their communities.


            I say to you in power, who have traveled and who are widely known in martial arts circles, seek these good teachers out and let them be recognized. They may not want it but they surely deserve it. Use your fame and personal recognition to bring the little known, dedicated, community martial arts teacher to another level. By enhancing others you will be elevating yourself. The more we are known, the more we can serve.



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