Martial Arts Judgements and learning ideas

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Hello everyone.
I have noticed many online news articles stating harsh judgements on the Authenticity of different martial arts base on length of time it takes to earn a black belt.
Calling schools factories and other degrading names on public forums.

These time frames they mention are 2 to 4 years.
It's silly and should stop.

I believe that

Each art has its own time that an true instructor expects it's student to be proficient enough to learn the main components of the art taught.
Which is what black belt represents.
That you able to proficiently perform all the techniques of this art up to this level.

This may only take 2 years depending on the student and the master.

In terms of combat efficiency. I doubt that family or any group engaged in combat has 20 years to teach a warrior before they could send him or her into a battle.. so stop.

Each is different. The to think ANY art takes over 20 years before a person can defend themselves using most of the art is not logical.

Some are angry about a 10 year old black belt.
That's also rediculous.
If he knows and can perform the curriculum at high level then his black belt authentic.
Which is more likely than an adult since a child can be consistent at practice and easier to teach.
Having all of the material down early would realistically create a warrior that would be able to enter the battlefield at 18 or 20.

Or do they believe that martial artist stop being martial artist after they receive a black belt. As if the belt is the currency of practice.

Let's be assured that no martial artist believe that they are done learning cause they earned a any color belt or sash.

But to also not judge them.

What do you think?
 

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Training and Mastery times Judgements unrealistic.


Hello everyone.
I have noticed many online news articles stating harsh judgements on the Authenticity of different martial arts base on length of time it takes to earn a black belt.
Calling schools factories and other degrading names on public forums.

These time frames they mention are 2 to 4 years.
It's silly and should stop.

I believe that

Each art has its own time that an true instructor expects it's student to be proficient enough to learn the main components of the art taught.
Which is what black belt represents.
That you able to proficiently perform all the techniques of this art up to this level.

This may only take 2 years depending on the student and the master.

In terms of combat efficiency. I doubt that family or any group engaged in combat has 20 years to teach a warrior before they could send him or her into a battle.. so stop.

Each is different. The to think ANY art takes over 20 years before a person can defend themselves using most of the art is not logical.

Some are angry about a 10 year old black belt.
That's also rediculous.
If he knows and can perform the curriculum at high level then his black belt authentic.
Which is more likely than an adult since a child can be consistent at practice and easier to teach.
Having all of the material down early would realistically create a warrior that would be able to enter the battlefield at 18 or 20.

Or do they believe that martial artist stop being martial artist after they receive a black belt. As if the belt is the currency of practice.

Let's be assured that no martial artist believe that they are done learning cause they earned a any color belt or sash.

But to also not judge them.

What do you think?
I don't get too judgmental about this sort of thing anymore. I agree that unless you train with someone you have no idea how much time and work they've put in nor how much natural talent they might have. When I was doing Aikido I remember one of my fellow students went to Japan and spent a good chunk of a summer as an Uchi Deshi student. When he came back he had improved a lot more in a couple of months than he had over the preceding 2+ years, so just looking at total time doesn't tell you much.

I also think that if you're comparing apples to oranges it doesn't tell you much. A black belt in TKD doesn't have to mean the same thing nor encompass the same amount of material as a black belt in BJJ. On the other hand, if you are comparing apples to apples, say one Kukkiwon certified school is producing black belts in half the time of any other Kukkiwon school, it might be reasonable to wonder what they're doing differently. Maybe they've developed some fantastic new pedagogical techniques and are just that good, but probably they're not really producing very high quality black belts.
 

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Which is what black belt represents.
In truth, this isn't universal. The BB rank represents only what it represents within a given group. For my curriculum, it requires a lot more than that to get that bit of black cloth. In some styles/organizations, it takes less than that. A BB I award isn't better than the one they award. True, the person wearing mine is probably more skilled, but that's only because my BB means something different from theirs. If we removed the colors of the ranks from discussion, there wouldn't really be the same debate. My student at 1 year might or might not be as skilled as theirs. What color they use to hold their uniform closed at that pont isn't really relevant to the debate.
 

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Training and Mastery times Judgements unrealistic.


Hello everyone.
I have noticed many online news articles stating harsh judgements on the Authenticity of different martial arts base on length of time it takes to earn a black belt.
Calling schools factories and other degrading names on public forums.

These time frames they mention are 2 to 4 years.
It's silly and should stop.

I believe that

Each art has its own time that an true instructor expects it's student to be proficient enough to learn the main components of the art taught.
Which is what black belt represents.
That you able to proficiently perform all the techniques of this art up to this level.

This may only take 2 years depending on the student and the master.

In terms of combat efficiency. I doubt that family or any group engaged in combat has 20 years to teach a warrior before they could send him or her into a battle.. so stop.

Each is different. The to think ANY art takes over 20 years before a person can defend themselves using most of the art is not logical.

Some are angry about a 10 year old black belt.
That's also rediculous.
If he knows and can perform the curriculum at high level then his black belt authentic.
Which is more likely than an adult since a child can be consistent at practice and easier to teach.
Having all of the material down early would realistically create a warrior that would be able to enter the battlefield at 18 or 20.

Or do they believe that martial artist stop being martial artist after they receive a black belt. As if the belt is the currency of practice.

Let's be assured that no martial artist believe that they are done learning cause they earned a any color belt or sash.

But to also not judge them.

What do you think?

Antoine!

I see you joined the forum in 2012 and are just now writing your first post. Just wanted to welcome you to Martial Talk, brother.
 

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Training and Mastery times Judgements unrealistic.


Hello everyone.
I have noticed many online news articles stating harsh judgements on the Authenticity of different martial arts base on length of time it takes to earn a black belt.
Calling schools factories and other degrading names on public forums.

These time frames they mention are 2 to 4 years.
It's silly and should stop.

I believe that

Each art has its own time that an true instructor expects it's student to be proficient enough to learn the main components of the art taught.
Which is what black belt represents.
That you able to proficiently perform all the techniques of this art up to this level.

This may only take 2 years depending on the student and the master.

In terms of combat efficiency. I doubt that family or any group engaged in combat has 20 years to teach a warrior before they could send him or her into a battle.. so stop.

Each is different. The to think ANY art takes over 20 years before a person can defend themselves using most of the art is not logical.

Some are angry about a 10 year old black belt.
That's also rediculous.
If he knows and can perform the curriculum at high level then his black belt authentic.
Which is more likely than an adult since a child can be consistent at practice and easier to teach.
Having all of the material down early would realistically create a warrior that would be able to enter the battlefield at 18 or 20.

Or do they believe that martial artist stop being martial artist after they receive a black belt. As if the belt is the currency of practice.

Let's be assured that no martial artist believe that they are done learning cause they earned a any color belt or sash.

But to also not judge them.

What do you think?
i think you make some good points,

12 months of reasonably dedicated instruction and training /practice should make you proficient at most things,

if not your lacking the basic talent or there is something very wrong with the instruction, now im not saying you can achieve mastery in that time frame, just you should be more capable, at soccer or darts or playing an instrument or ma or chess or what have you .

going on a soccer skill training course that doesnt give you competance till your much to old to play soccer would be viewed as a waste of time and money, i think you can equally apply that to martial skills, if we could ever reach agreement on what actualy represents competence
 

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I believe he means a lot of people popping up with old accounts that they never used. Noticed a bit of that myself over the past month r so.


I knew what he meant, I'm suggesting that because of lockdown people are online more and rediscovering MT.
 

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Training and Mastery times Judgements unrealistic.


Hello everyone.
I have noticed many online news articles stating harsh judgements on the Authenticity of different martial arts base on length of time it takes to earn a black belt.
Calling schools factories and other degrading names on public forums.

These time frames they mention are 2 to 4 years.
It's silly and should stop.

I believe that

Each art has its own time that an true instructor expects it's student to be proficient enough to learn the main components of the art taught.
Which is what black belt represents.
That you able to proficiently perform all the techniques of this art up to this level.

This may only take 2 years depending on the student and the master.

In terms of combat efficiency. I doubt that family or any group engaged in combat has 20 years to teach a warrior before they could send him or her into a battle.. so stop.

Each is different. The to think ANY art takes over 20 years before a person can defend themselves using most of the art is not logical.

Some are angry about a 10 year old black belt.
That's also rediculous.
If he knows and can perform the curriculum at high level then his black belt authentic.
Which is more likely than an adult since a child can be consistent at practice and easier to teach.
Having all of the material down early would realistically create a warrior that would be able to enter the battlefield at 18 or 20.

Or do they believe that martial artist stop being martial artist after they receive a black belt. As if the belt is the currency of practice.

Let's be assured that no martial artist believe that they are done learning cause they earned a any color belt or sash.

But to also not judge them.

What do you think?
I agree and disagree with you. I agree with you because it is true that it should be purely measured by skill level, but I don't because it isn't like that. I once saw a 20-year-old red belt stand next to a 7-year-old black belt. The red belt actually trained while the 7-year-old parents paid the dojo money to earn the black belt.
 

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I agree and disagree with you. I agree with you because it is true that it should be purely measured by skill level, but I don't because it isn't like that. I once saw a 20-year-old red belt stand next to a 7-year-old black belt. The red belt actually trained while the 7-year-old parents paid the dojo money to earn the black belt.
kids cant really be considered against adults, different criteria apply and they need a progress reward just as adults do, so a 7 year old with a black belt can only be considered against other 7 year olds

that said some 10/ 12 are exremly good and will be exceptional adults if they stick with, it, they are only lacking size/ strengh and refinment of their nervious system that comes with their later teenage years
 

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kids cant really be considered against adults, different criteria apply and they need a progress reward just as adults do, so a 7 year old with a black belt can only be considered against other 7 year olds

that said some 10/ 12 are exremly good and will be exceptional adults if they stick with, it, they are only lacking size/ strengh and refinment of their nervious system that comes with their later teenage years
I also agree with you, but talents like that are too rare, and that is why I look down on 8 yr old black belts.
 

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I also agree with you, but talents like that are too rare, and that is why I look down on 8 yr old black belts.
why would you look down on them? they are little kids, its a major achievement considering the physical and mental limitations they have to over come

im aware that some adult ma feel it in some way detracts from their achievements, i think this is very odd
 

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why would you look down on them? they are little kids, its a major achievement considering the physical and mental limitations they have to over come. im aware that some adult ma feel it in some way detracts from their achievements, i think this is very odd
I also agree with that. I would suggest making a pre- system. In Taekwondo, kids below 12 would have to go through the "sajeon gup" system which would consist of a
Teal belt
Teal belt + 1 Stripe
Teal belt + 2 Stripes
Teal belt + 3 Stripes
Teal belt + 4 Stripes
Teal belt + 5 Stripes
and then they would skip past the white belt directly into yellow. Then we could inflate their pride but not too much. It's much different saying "I've got a yellow belt" Then "I've got a black belt" and for them, passing past the sajeon stage would be good.
 

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I also agree with that. I would suggest making a pre- system. In Taekwondo, kids below 12 would have to go through the "sajeon gup" system which would consist of a
Teal belt
Teal belt + 1 Stripe
Teal belt + 2 Stripes
Teal belt + 3 Stripes
Teal belt + 4 Stripes
Teal belt + 5 Stripes
and then they would skip past the white belt directly into yellow. Then we could inflate their pride but not too much. It's much different saying "I've got a yellow belt" Then "I've got a black belt" and for them, passing past the sajeon stage would be good.
your still in competition with them, they are small children, if they complete the sylabus why shouldnt they have a black belt, it will revert to a lower belt when they take adult classes and if it doesnt, so what, there are lot of adult people with black belts who are usless, they will most certainly be better than them
 

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your still in competition, if they complete the sylabus why shouldnt they have a black belt, it will revert to a lower belt when they take adult classes and if it doesnt, so what, there are lot of adult people with black belts who are usless, they will most certainly be better than them
Yes, only the "once in a decade" prodigies.
 

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your still in competition with them, they are small children, if they complete the sylabus why shouldnt they have a black belt, it will revert to a lower belt when they take adult classes and if it doesnt, so what, there are lot of adult people with black belts who are usless, they will most certainly be better than them
If they really are prodigies, they can take a test like fighting above their age & rank to skip the sajeon gup stage.
 
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