24-7: The Key to Mastery and Kung-Fu 📆
What’s it take to be a Master?
What does Kung-Fu really mean?
How long do you have to train, and how often until I get a black belt/sash? 🥋
Will Kung-Fu make my eyebrows grow? 😳
Belt ranking systems are very recent in martial arts history, first instituted just over a century ago by Judo founder Jigoro Kano to help students learn with a structured curriculum, originally just with white belt ‘Kyu’ grades and black belt ‘dan’ grades; karate schools in Okinawa and Japan adopted Judo’s belt ranking system in the 1920’s and soon proliferated to other martial arts, and added a rainbow of colored belts afterwards. 🌈
While a few Chinese martial arts have very recently adopted belt ranking systems, most still don’t, where ranking has historically been structured around familial hierarchies.
In the last 50 years, the mystique of “black belts” has been widely blown out of proportion in popular culture — what was originally intended to be a measure of learned skills over years of grueling practice — has in some instances become the delusional projection of a few teachers’ inflated egos and exploitive marketing gimmicks. 🤑
The key is to realize actual Mastery is a path — not a destination, belt color or certificate.
Nor does Kung-Fu require 6 inch eyebrows.
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