What Makes A Good Black Belt

by Doug Spencer
(South Burlington, VT)

At my academy my instructor instilled a value of coming to train with an "empty cup".

This means that every student, newest white belt to the most senior student, needs to show up with an open mind about the days training. Granted after every training session you should feel accomplished and that you have learned a lot, but you should go home, absorb some of that, and come back the next day ready to fill your cup again.

Through training it is easy to think that you know a lot or even in the worse cases, like you know everything, but there is always something else to learn. No one person knows it all, and even our instructors have to keep learning so they can stay on top of it and pay it forward to our students.

I have recently earned my first degree black belt and have started learning my 1st Dan forms, and I can attest to the fact that the skills I learned during my gup forms provided me with a solid learning base, but the challenges that await me looking ahead will require me to be open to learning many new things in these forms and techniques.

Deb's Reply

Hi Doug Thanks very much for your input and congratulations on getting to first Dan.

I agree totally with you. The 'empty cup' is a brilliant thing to aspire to. It allows you to have an open mind and absorb new information. As soon as the ego rises- watch out- that's when you are potentially dangerous.

Thanks again for a great contribution :-)

Deb

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Mar 30, 2012
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WAY OF LIFE.
by: SANTHOSH

The message that you have given is very meaningful in conveying message to life, that's how an individual should be in their life.

Linda's reply
So true. We are fortunate to be taught this lesson through our training. I don't remember learning it in a classroom, that's for sure!

Oct 27, 2010
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black belt
by: Anonymous

HI,
I'M ON THE PATH FOR BLACK BELT AND AM GLAD TO HEAR FROM OTHERS. cONGRATS ON 1ST DAN BLACK BELT. IN OUR CLASSES WE USE THE SAME PRINCIPLES IN MANY WAYS FROM LEARNING TO BE MORE RELAXED AND STARTING EVERY CLASS WITH A MOMENT OF MEDITATION. THIS IS NOT THE MYSTICAL STUFF JUST RELAXING THE MIND TO THE POINT OF PUSHING AWAY THE DAYS EVENTS AND STARTING FRESH OR EMPTY LIKE THE CUP OR GLASS.
TAZ

Aug 08, 2010
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Coungratulations
by: Tiago Costa

Hey! Congratulations on your 1st dan. That empty cup thing that you said has made me meditate on martial arts learning. It is a truly wonderful thought, that I can only wish that I, my colleagues and one day my future students will grasp. I'm not a black belt yet, but I do understand the hardships of the path. So far as your what you wrote goes, I believe that you have what it takes to be a good black belt. Good luck and thank you. :D

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