How Long Does It Take To Get A Black Belt?

How long does it take to get a black belt in the martial arts? 

As a new student to the 'arts this is a natural question as it implies progress in the martial arts, the ability to achieve a goal. 

One is often curious in asking this as a way to make sure they are on the right path. It it takes six years on average to get a black belt, one can map progress along the way. So how long does it take to get a black belt? 

Let's start with a definition for a black belt. 

Here in the West a black belt is often thought of as a kind of master status, a master in the martial arts. Certainly there is a physical mastery required and represented, but a black belt is more of a gateway to serious study. It represents that one has been accepted by the tradition and is now a full student in the tradition, ready to dedicate and explore further. 

Regarding a black belt there are two aspects to the rank. The first is certainly a physical proficiency in the basics of the tradition or style, as the martial arts *are* a physical art. 

But there is also a second component to a black belt- concepts being present such as fighting spirit, dedication, focus, and a martial arts heart. 

Many often focus on the physical aspects, but don't neglect the cultivation of these other aspects when moving through the kyu ranks.

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Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial art of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo.

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