Remaining comfortable in any atmosphere creates complacency and stagnation. Worse than idling and decline of skill, some practitioners will fall into the black belt trap of sitting on their laurels, off on the sidelines critiquing and commenting on their junior ranks and engaging in the classic do as I say and not as I do hypocrisy, all the while losing their skills and fitness level.
To prevent getting caught in the trap, a black level practitioner should keep growing, improving, and evolving by setting new goals, to constantly challenge themselves, and by changing up their training regime. It is important to also remember where you came from and what it took to get to where you are.
Black level practitioners can best represent their system by being at the top of their game. Set the standard by maintaining your skills and level of fitness to refine your martial art. Lead the way and lead by example by “getting in the mud with the grunts” as no type of training regardless of how menial or basic you think it is, should be too lowly for a black level martial artist. After all it is those basic foundations that provide cement to your overall structure!
Earn the respect of your juniors, peers, and senior ranks by continued hard work and dedication. Honour your lineage, roots, and your art. Don’t stop, stay sharp!
Gung Hei Faat Choi!!!