- May 12, 2002
- Reaction score
- Southern California
While it is commendable to not focus on rank in study sir, it is important to recognize that, "time in grade" is only one of many indicators of competency. There is a plethora of "brick" sporting black belts who would do well to actually learn something before beginning to teach others and attach such accouterments, albeit many have multiple decades of time wearing the uniform.I've only been practicing for a year, but am halfway through the "color scale", so now belt advancements stop coming quickly. If I continue at the normal pace, working up through the rest of them will take another four years or so. For me, now is a good time to forget about rank, or at least put it in the back of the mind, because it will be a very long (but enjoyable) trip, and to lust after the next belt color will just make it frustrating. Brown is a year and a half alone at my school.
Especially important to forget about it because I know I could swap schools within the system and "get" a black belt much faster (villaris, ya know...heck I could get one in the mail).... but as my instructor says, you could get a black belt faster, but if you put in more time, and more practice, you could be so much better, which is why it takes a while at her dojo, and that's also why I stay there.