Yes. It’s true. Someone asked me this question. They grew up learning a system of fighting that promoted one – based on the time they spent in class – through a program that marked one’s progress with colored belts. Consequently, they were shocked to hear that we, at the Yost Wing Chun Kung-fu kwoon, do not have belt-testing systems.
“How do they know what kind of progress they made if you don’t show them?” This person asked. “Can one really learn a martial art and be any good without this?”
I kid you not. This is what they said….
Firstly, we do show them their progress. We show them by testing them every time they come in the door, and challenging them to share and help others as they mature in the art. If they don’t see the progress they’re making – then they aren’t practicing and aren’t progressing. Heck – they aren’t in our classes, then.
Secondly, a colored belt doesn’t mean anything outside some generic program. If one wants to learn to fight, they cannot be bound by a belt, a program, a drill or an exercise. But, don’t take my word for it, listen to what Royce Gracie said about it: “A black belt only covers two inches of your butt – you have to cover the rest yourself.” (I think that says it all.)
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