What Black Belt Means to Me
By: Ryan Ragan
For years, black belt has been my absolute goal. After success, failure, defeat, learning, assistance and so much more, being at karate has taught me a variety of ideas that could never be replaced. If I could I would absolutely sincerely thank everyone who ever helped me or even encouraged me during my process of becoming a black belt, because without them, I wouldn’t have this amazing, well worked for, opportunity in front of me.
Ever since I joined the “six week super kid transformation challenge” almost five years ago I have learned so much and had so many experiences that are irreplaceable. Each and every Sense that I have met I owe a thank you because without them, I would not be near where I am today. Thinking about testing for my black belt is absurd because karate has become one of the most important roles in my life.
Each lesson I learned taught me something new, and I am appreciative of each one. After trying several sports, Karate was the only activity that clicked for me.
Karate has taught me that becoming a black belt is something that can be achievable only by being guided through the program.
During my time as a white belt through red belt I learned self-discipline, self-defense, and many more key factors in life.
Something I learned that I will live by throughout my entire life are the principles of black belt: Modesty, courtesy, self control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit. For the rest of my life I will remember these principles. I will continue to be a black belt for the rest of my life and have the qualities of one.
What black belt means to me. Black belt is more of an idea than a thing that I can earn. To become a black belt yes you must have a high kick or a loud punch, but more than that you are someone who people can admire. Hypothetically, if someone that I had recently met shared with me that they were a black belt in karate, I would be extremely impressed. Hearing the word black belt is astronomical.
Earning one takes mental and physical pain from one. Not just anyone can become a black belt, it must be earned by a select group who has the potential of becoming a better person, a black belt with admirable qualities. I wish to be admired like that, my goal is to be in that select group. A goal without a plan and action is just a wish, which is why I have worked so hard for five years to reach my goal. If I could look back at myself the first day I ever stepped foot in that studio, I was five years old and cried during it. I would tell that kid that someday you will be a black belt. Someday you will be proud of yourself and everything that comes in the future and you will strive to be the best.
So, this is what black belt truly means to me and I cannot believe that it is so close.