Black Belt – Novice or Expert?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
One of the greatest misconceptions with the martial arts is the notion that all black belt holders are experts.

It is understandable that those unacquinted with the martial arts might make this equation.

However, students should certainly recognize that this is not always the case.

Too often, novice black belt holders advertise themselves as experts and eventually even convince themselves.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The 1st degree black belt holder has usually learned enough technique to defend himself against a single opponent.

He can be compared to a fledging who has acquired enough feature to leave the nest and fend for himself.

The first degree is a starting point. The student has merely build a foundation. The job of building the house lies ahead.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The novice black belt holder will now really begin to learn technique. Now that he a mastered the alphabet, he can begin to read.

Years of hard work and study await him before he can even begin to consider himself an instructor and expert.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A perceptive student will, at this stage, suddenly realize how very little he knows.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The black belt holder also enters a new era of responsibility.

Though a freshman, he has entered a strong honorable fraternity of the black belts holders of the entire world; and his actions inside and outside the training hall will be carefully scrutinised.

His conduct will reflect on all black belt holders and he must constantly strive to set an example for all grade holders.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Some will certainly advance into the expert stages. However, far too many will believe the misconception and will remain in novice, mentally and technically.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Taken from The Condensed Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do by General Choi⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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