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Earning A Black Belt In Martial Arts
One of the most common questions I get from students and prospects that come to my school is: “how long does it take to earn a Black Belt?”
My response, “about 3-4 years… that is if you come to class consistently for the entire time, and you or your child are a minimum of 10 years old”.
Some think that is a long time, others think it’s not long enough.
Here’s my reasoning behind a 3 to 4 year minimum to earn a Black Belt.
How long does it take to earn a college bachelors degree from an accredited university or state college? About 4 years rights. Now keep in mind students have summer vacation, spring break, and Christmas break. You can get a degree in 3 years by going year-round.
If you want to continue your education to achieve a Masters degree, than it can be an additional 2-4 years (depending on the major). And, if you are overly ambitious, then getting a Ph.D will take an additional 2-4 years.
Now, in Karate, why should it be any different…? I’ve heard of schools that make their students train 5-7 years to earn a Black Belt — even more! As a Martial Arts Instructor at The Dojo of Karate, I understand there are certain techniques one needs to learn, but I feel the one thing many instructors are missing is this…
Your Training Begins At Black Belt
As a Martial Arts Instructor, your goal is to teach them the fundamentals of your style, whether it be Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, etc. By teaching them this foundation, you are able to mold, shape, and create the type of student you envision for your school.
I expect my Black Belts to look better than all of my students in our school and to demonstrate progress in their training. More importantly, I look at their inner strength, such as attitude and will power.
A Black Belt should demonstrate the Will Power to continue and never give up, and have an “I Can” attitude. Obviously, there is more that just those two characteristics though.
By detaining your students longer than 5 or 6 years to achieve a Black Belt, you are simply creating a barrier to success. The same goes with college. If you require a basic bachelors degree to take 5-6 years — or longer; more students are likely to quite and drop out of college than continue their education.
But, if you make the goals attainable, however demand higher performance and expectations, than you will begin to get better students who believe in themselves.
A student with confidence in their skills is more likely to be successful than a student who has no confidence. As Karate instructors we are not just teaching, but building confidence.
So, the fact that The Dojo of Karate requires a minimum of 3-4 years of continuous training and a minimum of 10 years of age to obtain a 1st Degree Black Belt is a good thing. It’s an attainable goal. But, it’s not easy.
Javier Lozano, Jr.
Owner / Head Instructor
NASKA World Champion
Certified Personal Trainer
Child Safety Instructor
3rd Degree Black Belt
Karate Belt Test
The Dojo of Karate will be having their monthly karate belt test today, Friday, March 1st @ 5:00 PM.
Come focused, prepared, and ready to pass the exam!
The Dojo of Karate is one of the leading martial arts and fitness schools in the north metro area of Denver, CO.
Their programs cater to families residing in Broomfield, Westminster, Thornton, Northglenn and Erie CO — and mainly focus on children martial arts training starting as young as 4.5 years old.
Beginning June 6th, 2011 Owner & Head Instructor, Javier Lozano Jr will be launching their Martial Arts Kids Summer Camps to the public.
This is a great opportunity for residents in the community to enroll their kids in a traditional Japanese Karate program with a 21st century twist that has proven to teach kids important life skills, including confidence, focus, discipline, respect, and physical fitness.
Who’s Teaching The Summer Camp Classes?
Don’t worry, your child will not be learning from a high school student that needs a summer job and has no interest in children and their safety.
All of martial arts summer camps are hosted at The Dojo of Karate and taught by Sensei Lozano.
Sensei Lozano is a 3rd Degree Black Belt with over 20 years of training and 17 years of teaching experience. As a professional athlete, he has won numerous martial arts tournaments around the country, including a World Championship Title in fighting and a Colorado State Title in fighting.
In addition to his accomplishments, he’s a certified Child Safety Instructor (one of the few in Colorado), a certified personal trainer, and a certified Black Belt Instructor.
His experience alone is typically more then most martial arts schools can ever offer with all of their instructors, as many of them are novices in the martial arts and professional teaching.
Sensei Lozano has also been operating Summer Camps at The Dojo of Karate and many other martial arts schools for several years, so he has an understanding on how to relate to your child and get them to enjoy Karate during every session.
How Does The Summer Camp Program Work?
The Dojo of Karate is offering their best special of the year, which includes the following.
- 1 Private Session – This allows your child to get oriented with the martial arts before joining the group class.
- 1 Free Karate uniform – The Dojo of Karate trains in traditional white gi’s (uniforms)
- 6 Weeks of Karate Training – Your family will be able to select 2 classes per week, either in the mornings or evenings, depending on your schedule.
- All this for only $169 for the 6 week session!
That’s over a $300 value… for only $169!!!
Since this is the best offer of the year at The Dojo of Karate, their Summer Camps sell out quickly. The nice thing is that families can reserve their spot at anytime, however, they shouldn’t wait too long because space is limited.
What Does My Child Do In The Summer Camp?
This is a sports and martial arts summer camp, so your child will be learning everything from agility, coordination, balance & speed drills to self-defense, flexibility, physical fitness, and more.
In addition, we focus on developing your child’s character by teaching them focus, respect, goal setting, confidence and other life skill principals.
Below are just a few things you can expect during every session.
- Learn self-confidence and self-control.
- Learn important child safety skills in a way that increases self-assurance.
Gain increased fitness through martial arts training and activities.
- Develop respect for themselves and others.
- Improve their agility, strength, and flexibility for other sports.
- Develop leadership skills that will help them through their academics.
- And much, much, more!
How Old Does My Child Have To Be?
We have 3 different Summer Camp programs, depending on their age. We break up age groups in order to allow students to feel comfortable with other kids their age, and give them a chance to develop the skills mentioned above.
Here are the age groups we break them up into.
When Does The Summer Camp Run Through?
Our Martial Arts Kids Summer Camps kickoff on June 6th, 2011 and go through August 31st, 2011.
Your child can signup at any point, but again, space is limited, so don’t put this off too long!
How Do I Signup My Child?
Go to https://TheDojoOfKarate.com, and on the right side of the screen is a form. Simply fill out the form, and a representative will get back to you ASAP.
You can also give them a call and schedule an appointment by calling: 303-920-4500.