Grading for high ranking Black Belts are not conducted at a normal Black Belt Extravaganza. The process of rank above 4th Dan Black Belt is a complicated matter. Very few people get to these levels.
There are 3 stages of mastery in a martial art. They are as follows:
- Physical Master 4th Dan Black Belt
- Mental / Mind Master of the art 6h Dan Black belt
- Mind / Body /Spirit – Grand Master 7th Dan Black Belt
Often times people will make it to 4th Dan, but few continue on with the training to reach the high levels. At the upper level there is much self discovery, and also discover of how to truly share the teachings with others.
So with this said it is my great honour and privilege to announce the official promotion of Master Riccardo Pappini to the honoured rank of 6th Dan (degree) Black belt in the art of Hon Sang Mu Sa Hapkido as of December 8th 2016. Along with this goes the title of Kwan Jung Nim (Director / Professor / Senior Teacher).
The proper certificate will be issued and presented at a later date as rank of this extent requires the signature of myself, Master Curt and Master Scott.
Yours in the arts,
Grand Master Art Mason