Rising Sun Martial Arts - Hinode-Ryu
Brown Belt 3rd Degree Requirements
The following new requirements are needed for advancement to Solid Black Belt.
What you need to know as a Brown Belt 3rd Degree:
Now that you have reached the rank of Brown Belt 3rd degree in Hinode-Ryu Karate, you need to know that your ride on the promotion expressway has come to an end. Your test to Solid Black Belt is not scheduled on a regular promotion test cycle, AND, it is NOT an easy journey!
Reaching the Black Belt level is NOT a "Right of Passage".
It IS an earned event!
Our Solid Black Belt is defined as "Master of the Basics"...Not "Master of the Entitled". You are entitled to nothing. If you pass this test, you will have earned it!
Now is the time to see if you have been training and listening for the past 6 + years and whether or not you have the dedication, desire, determination and discipline needed to become a Black Belt. Many students have reached this level, but only few have achieved the honor of passing their Black Belt test. Many students have decided to stop training at this point, realizing that they were not prepared, or ready, to accept the challenge to prepare for this test. Many have made it to the actual test, but failed there. Some have made it through the test only to realize that being a Black Belt is not the end of training or of their commitment. Few have made it through and continue to train and pursue the Black Belt experience.
A few people have commented on this practice of making the Black Belt test so difficult. It has been said that after training for so long and spending so much money, that it is terrible that students don't just get the chance to get a Black Belt. When asked if that was the kind of reputation that we wanted, the answer was simple. That is the exact reputation that we want. It has also been said that there is a fine line between running a business and a Dojo. At Rising Sun, that line is clear; Brown Belt 3rd Degree! We run a business up to Brown Belt 3rd Degree. We run a Dojo at Black Belt. We would much rather have a student leave Rising Sun while calling us unfair, than to let them "have" a Black Belt they didn't earn.
Yes, you have been training for a long time. Yes, you have spent a lot of money during that time. Remember this; You have received valuable training for that tuition, but you are not entitled to a Black Belt! Even in a world where we are all special and receive awards for everything we do, the Black Belt stills remains the most coveted and special thing in the Martial Arts world. So when you do take this journey, and pass this test, you can honestly be part of that special group of people that have EARNED their rank.
A Solid Black Belt test is NOT about how many people you can "beat up", but rather it's about overcoming your fears, phobias and turning up the dedication to be "better than the last time you entered the Dojo". Your Black Belt test has NOTHING to do with being better than anyone else. It's ALL about you and your improvement through your Martial Arts training.
Here is what to expect during this time as a Brown Belt 3rd degree:
All students must also demonstrate their previous belt rank requirements in addition to these new requirements.
Previous rank requirements: