Isn’t it interesting how some of the most profound stuff can be found in children’s books? Rather than being dug out of large intellectual dissertations; some of the deepest philosophical and spiritual truths can be found in some of the simplest stories. Right now we are reading a little book about a mouse who learns how to deal with bullies by studying martial arts. In one of the first lessons the little mouse has at his new karate school, his teacher says that his goal is to be the best he can by trying as hard as he can.
That pretty much sums it up…don’t ya think?
We think of our goal as martial artists in terms of Black Belt but this is actually the RESULT of achieving our goal…which the little mouse in the story was told…I will repeat it here with emphasis…
Black Belt is the RESULT of achieving our goal, which is to be the best we can be be by trying as hard as we can.
Because isn’t that what Black Belt is all about? The test itself is the culmination of at least 4 years of coming to class twice a week…class after class…week after week…month after month…technique after technique…kata after……well, you get the point! Through it all we have pushed our selves, overcome challenges and learned quite a bit of technical material. That moment when we tie that belt around our waist is the RESULT of what we did and HOW we did it over the past years. That black piece of clothe represents the EFFORT we gave to our training.
“Black Belt is the RESULT of achieving our goal”
Now, with EFFORT being subjective based on each individual’s ability and attitude, as long as we are giving our best by trying as hard as we can in our lessons; our Black Belt stands as a testimony on the outside of what is contained on the inside. Character and effort cannot be quantified per se…but they can be abstractly represented. The easiest way to understand this is just to think about what Black Belt means to you. In other words…if you have not yet achieved Black Belt rank…what comes to mind when you think about or visualize someone who is a Black Belt? If you have achieved a Black Belt rank then, for you, what is the ideal of the concept of what it means to be a Black Belt? This is how we come to an understanding of what it means to become a Black Belt. Once we have this concept integrated into our thought process we can then begin to take steps toward getting that RESULT by putting forth the necessary EFFORT class after class, week after week, month after month, technique after technique, kata after….
Well, you get the idea.
See you in class…