Letter from Scott
I’ve been teaching karate for more than 30 years, and had the honor of working with thousands of students of all ages and ability levels. Not all but some have chosen to continue their training to and beyond the rank of Black Belt.
An important part of the Black Belt test is the student essay. Each candidate is asked to write a paper answering one simple question: What does it mean to be a Black Belt?
Several years ago, I realized that every Black Belt paper--regardless of the age of the student—contained similar profound themes. Themes that touched on karate, but were more about life. About how to live it with purpose, discipline, and intention. Let me share with you a few examples:
“Being a Black Belt does not mean that I am perfect, but that I have the discipline to do what is right. I set an example to those I know and meet by doing so. I work hard, try my best, and take responsibility for my actions.” –Rachel, Age 13
“By the time one reaches the stage of Black Belt, they should have achieved a state of emotional preparedness. They should display confidence in their abilities, but not to the point of arrogance. A Black Belt knows their limits and strives to overcome them through practice.” –Alexandra, Age 15
“The hardest thing to do as a black belt is to stand for the beliefs that come with that tightly sewn piece of cloth. In situations of peer pressure, temptation and moral ambiguity, you must uphold these principles. Otherwise, you lessen the significance of each and every other individual who wears a black belt.”
–Mackensie, Age 16
While these students were working toward earning their Black Belts, something less obvious and even more profound had been happening simultaneously: they were gaining in wisdom, learning crucial life skills and training to be leaders in the truest sense of the word.
At Golden Knights Karate, we believe that working toward the physical mastery of martial arts techniques creates an effective path for any developing human being to follow. Everything our students learn inside the dojo can—and should—cross over into the real world.
This is why we are passionate about teaching karate.
Scott Alexander, Owner
5th Degree Black Belt & Master Instructor
Golden Knights Karate