The Significance of 1st Degree Black Belt

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1st. Degree – Expert or Novice?

One of the greatest misconceptions within the martial arts is the notion that all black belt holders are experts. It is understandable that those unacquainted with the martial arts might make this equation. However, students should certainly recognize that this is not always the case. Too often, novice black belt holders advertise themselves as experts and eventually even convince themselves. The first degree black belt holder has usually learned enough technique to defend himself against a single opponent. He can be compared to a fledgling who has acquired enough feathers to leave the nest and fend for himself. The first degree is a starting point. The student has merely built a foundation. The job of building the house lies ahead. The novice black belt holder will now really begin to learn technique. Now that he has mastered the alphabet, he can begin to read. Years of hard work and study await him before he can even begin to consider himself an instructor and expert. A perceptive student will, at this stage, suddenly realize how very little he knows. The black belt holder also enters a new era of responsibility. Though a freshman, he has entered a strong honorable fraternity of black belt holders in the entire world; and his actions inside and outside the training hall will be carefully scrutinized. His conduct will reflect on all black belt holders and he must constantly strive to set an example for all grade holders. Some will certainly advance into the expert stages. However, far too many will believe the misconception and will remain a novice, mentally and technically…

The Ideal Instructor

Soldiers are as strong as the general who leads them, in a like manner, students can only excel under an excellent Instructor. We cannot expect a bamboo to grow in a field of reeds, nor can we expect to find an outstanding pupil under an unqualified Instructor.It is of particular importance that the two aspects of Taekwon-Do, the spirit and the technique must be taught together. Therefore, a qualified Instructor must combine the qualities of a scholar and a soldier, if he is to produce pupils of noble character and outstanding skills.Such an Instructor must possess the following qualities:

  • Strong moral and ethical standards
  • Clear outlook and philosophy in life
  • Responsible attitude as an Instructor
  • Scientific mind in matters of technique
  • Knowledge of the vital spots of human anatomy
  • Unshakable integrity in political and financial dealings
  • Dedicated to spread the Art of Taekwon-Do throughout the world
  • One who gains confidence from his seniors, is trusted by his fellow Instructors and is respected by his juniors