Do you remember that feeling of putting your white belt on for the first time? For most people, recalling the first time they stepped into the dojo undoubtedly evokes mixed feelings: Nostalgia. Fascination. Curiosity. Sometimes a bit fear. It s actually pretty weird when you think about it from a beginner s point of view: Funny-looking techniques.
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Japanese words. Strange rituals. Unfashionable clothes. And to top it off, there s often a dude in front who everyone bows to and calls sense-eye. Pretty unlike any other physical activity you could have chosen, right?
And indeed, the fact that you even started training Karate is pretty awesome, considering all the other things you could have taken up. But when you think about it, it s actually far from a miracle that you re still training Karate. In fact, if you ask me, it s probably only 6 percent miracle. You see, there s a whole bunch of stuff your sensei NEVER told you about Karate. And rightfully so.
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Because, if you were told these things when you started out, you would probably have slammed the dojo door shut and sprinted the heck away from that god-forgotten place faster than a speeding bullet. And if you don t know what the heck I m talking about, you re living in denial. So without further ado, allow me to present 6 Things Your Sensei NEVER Told You About Karate (Luckily). But no matter how crushing it might sound, the statistical, mathematical, scientific, logical, proven, reality is that most people who join a Karate dojo will never get to the legendary black belt. Thousands of new students pass through dojo doors around the world every minute.
How many of those even get to the second belt? How many get to the third belt? Fourth? Fifth? Sixth?
It s just simple statistics. Nobody is trying to discourage you or anything. It s not a plot. Nobody is out to get you. But let s keep it real here:
Just like most businesses fail within two years of starting, most Karate students don t get to black belt. They just don t have that time, dedication, willingness or spark.