Karate Requires Patience


One of the most common questions I get asked by prospective students is…..

“How long does it take to get a black belt?”

Of course, there is no single answer. It can be anywhere from 3 – 10 years, depending on the student – how often do they attend class, how much practice do they put in on their own, and how quickly they are able to memorize and grasp the techniques.

The simple truth is this:

Anyone can be a black belt, although few will make it.


In my 41 years of experience it really boils down to one thing – being patient.

In order to achieve black belt, you have to allow the process to happen. It will happen at the pace you are able to go, and no faster. You cannot cram for the exam or hurry up and learn things or otherwise speed the process along.

It is like growing a garden, you cannot rush the plants to maturity, they grow at the pace nature dictates.

A martial arts student is the same.

Most students don’t achieve black belt, not because they can’t make it, but because they let their impatience win out over their desire to reach a goal. They quit because things aren’t as easy as they had hoped or because an injury slows them down or because they have reached a minor plateau in training.

Remember that patience is the key, and attending class every session will provide the opportunity to overcome the barriers that appear in your path.

Come join Brown’s Karate Academy and see the difference you can make in yourself!