I Failed my Shodan Exam! :D

There are those in the martial arts who have never been given the opportunity to fail. They’re held by the hand and led along by those who came before them, and when something arises that they’d fail at they’re held back or guided around it. This is most unfortunate. Many instructors, coaches, sensei, etc. doContinue reading “I Failed my Shodan Exam! :D”

How Practitioners Retire Belts

Every individual, school, association, and style develop their own customs and culture as time progresses. One thing that varies greatly is how people retire their belts. Some people view belts as sacred objects to be honored and respected. Others view belts as a utilitarian garment. Yet, most reside somewhere in the middle. Some retire theirContinue reading “How Practitioners Retire Belts”

How to Get Away from Reliance on Belts

By Matt S.Originally Posted August 24th, 2018 I am often known for the fact that I’ve spent the better part of a decade studying the history of the belt system. The history is something I would say I am very enthusiastic about. However when it comes to the practice of utilizing belts systems I amContinue reading “How to Get Away from Reliance on Belts”

History of the Belt System

Originally published in Totally Taekwondo Magazine in the April 2015 edition. However this is a living document that continues to be edited as new information is learned. As all research projects should. In 1883 Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo (柔道), began what would develop into not only the belt system but also the kyuContinue reading “History of the Belt System”