What does a black belt in the martial arts mean?
Many view it as a technical license or a level of knowledge and skill, a symbol of arrival in the martial arts.
What are some other understandings?
Do they have different meanings in different arts?
Is there a difference in a more Japanese focused meaning compared to the one often through of in the West?
Certainly there is a implied level of skill in regard to a black belt- the 1st degree black belt. An understanding of the basics (kihon) of the martial arts, and an excellent command of ukemi.
Martial arts heart- mushashin, respect, and how one carries themselves being aware of the tradition they now represent and are a part of is also implied.
A black belt is a solid beginning in the martial arts- the student has built and cultivated a solid foundation to now begin exploring the arts, they are now truly a deshi of the tradition.
Understanding that actions now represent that tradition, and the over-all tradition of the martial arts in the eyes of others.
A black belt as an achievement or something to live up to each and every day.
Something that is awarded, or something that one becomes and continues to become through training?