The day of our Black Belt Extravaganza is fast approaching! This is one of the most important days in a persons life because it symbolizes a long period of hard work, and a great accomplishment.
I am often asked how long does it take to get to Black Belt. I give out an average estimate time, but really there is not answer to the question. All I can do is give a minimum time frame. It is not a race, you are alone in a room full of people. This is only a person event.
I make my assistant Black Belt in about 3 years. But I training 6 days a week and several hours per day, plus I ran a school for my teacher. That was just part of my personal path. You cannot compare yourself to anyone else in the journey. Black Belt is a deeply personal thing. But one thing that is important is you love the journey. When grading time came for me I was elated! I knew I had the attention of the board, and it was pass or fail and it was me who decided. The board just agreed with what I did.
Master Scott and I will be watching this one Skype. We are both very excited to see this happen! Our best to all candidates as you prepare for the peak of you work to date. Now today set your goals beyond what is coming and ready yourself for more. This journey has no end, only stops along the path.
Master Art Mason