Hello all. New member here and wanted to get a feel for how others felt about getting back into karate after a long hiatus. I studied into my early 20s and earned by Shodan in Goju Ryu under an affiliate Sensei under GM Tearney in upstate NY. Well, then life happened, joined the military, had a family, etc. I found myself grwing away from the art. Well no my kids are getting into it, and I feel the draw to get back into it. I am proud of the hard work I put in to earn by black belt, but I am not sure it is proper to claim it anymore. Is the off and on practicing on my own enough to keep the rank....should it be? Is not studying formally under a Sensei for ~15 years enough for me to strip myself of the rank and no longer claim it? I know I earned the belt, but also feel after being gone for so long, trying to put it back on is borderline fraudulent. Thoughts from the interwebs???