- Feb 3, 2005
- Reaction score
- Huber Heights, OH
It was the common understanding before that. In Black Belt Magazine, 1961, Vol. 1, No. 1, in the front-page Editorial, they write:I don't think we can blame any of that on the difference in usage between groups. The problem is that BB was arbitrarily chosen as a cutoff for expertise (through marketing and movies, mostly) by much of the public and even many within the MA community. If you had a BB, you were an "expert". And not until then.
"Black Belt - We chose this name for our magazine for two reasons. First, only in the Oriental self- defense arts and sports is the black belt worn as part of the uniform. And then it is worn only by an individual who has achieved the rank of sho-dan, or "first degree."
Second, it has a deep significance for all enthusiasts of Judo, Aikido, Karate, and Kendo. This is because the black belt denotes the expert. The wearer of the black belt is recognized as a qualified instructor. Until one wears the black belt he is not satisfied with his accomplishment."
Peace favor your sword,