How long does it take to get a taekwondo black belt is a question many people ask. You will hear it asked in regards to a karate black belt, or a martial arts black belt. But whatever martial art you are referring to, there are wildly inflated opinions as to how long it should take to reach expert level in karate, taewkondo, or any martial art.
To get your black belt karate certification takes five years, claimed one website I visited. A well read blog went on a rant saying that less than 4 years karate training would not qualify one for a real black belt. One popular forum had scores of karateka foaming at the mouth over karate black belt degrees.
So, I probably shouldn’t tell you this, there will be lots of fellows calling for my scalp, but I have a fellow who started in October, and it is now April, and he is closing in on his black belt. That’s just over six months. In fact, he marveled the other day that it had only taken him about forty actual hours of martial arts training to reach an expert ranking in a martial art.
Before you started shaping a noose and looking for a tree, let me make a couple of points about this subject of how long it takes to get a karate black belt or a martial arts black belt of any kind. Mastering an activity is more based on what you know, not how many push ups (forms, bunkai, etc.) you can do. Besides, with the correct training,a person can master an astounding variety of difficult movements within 6 months.
Go into a gym and take a few classes in acrobatics. In a half year they will have you doing some wonderful flips and twists and somersaults and all sorts of things. These tricks are usually more difficult than most karate tricks.
One of my martial arts secrets is that I don’t lump a fellow in with a bunch of students who don’t have any real knowledge and expect him to learn something just by mindlessly mimicking a bunch of kata or tricks. I don’t tell my martial arts students that doing a pattern will, in fifteen or so years, enlighten him (it might, but my way is faster and more sure). Instead, I give instruction on the correct physics of the martial arts, physics which are, in this day and age, not taught in any karate dojo, or taekwondo dojang anywhere.
The other thing I do is focus on learning three forms well, instead of a bunch of forms. The kata I teach are logical (they are matrixed), they have two man versions, and they cover the full range of motion and all real and usable martial arts techniques. The thing that I am doing here is not giving a work out; I am giving knowledge–I am in a classroom, not a training hall for action junkies.
My student has already reached full intuition within six months instead three or four years. He can mix and match attacks on the instant and with enough power to knock a bull over. Using my training techniques, and stripping the various arts of all the time wasting techniques and any martial art can be accomplished in six months–and that is how long it takes to get a karate black belt, or a martial arts black belt of any sort.