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ESCalderon Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 01-16-2007 08:42 AM
Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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In Testing Trix are for Kids.... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #67 New 08-17-2010 03:11 PM
I always thought that colored belts were best for kids, up until about 1 month ago.

We're adults, there's no need for colored belts and in Japan, there is no colored belt system for adults.

I think I'm finally realizing that I don't live in Japan anymore and that the colored belt system is very good for measuring progress and setting goals.

The whole idea of getting rid of all desire is great in Japan, but here in America, setting goals for things we would like to accomplish is part of our lives.

So, I've finally decided to put everyone on a colored belt system, and I am also making physical fitness a requirement.

I've also uploaded a new video clip, check it out:

Tanken Dori Kotegaeshi

Erik Calderon
Erik Calderon's Martial Arts Program
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RSS Feed 4 Responses to "Trix are for Kids...."
#4 08-25-2010 01:22 PM
Marie, I agree with you and disagree.... I think adults are still children in a way and enjoy the idea of having colored belts. Reaching the number of days alllows an instructor to promote a student based on his/her abilities, instead of comparing him/her in competition with others. I heard a great quote one day....80% of the battle is just showing up. Looked at from another angle, that meanst that 80% of the time people don't show up for battle.
#3 08-23-2010 01:27 PM
Wether or not the belts are good or bad depends entirely on what you do with them. I think that the real problem is instructors promoting students just because they accumulated the required number of hours of training, regardless of wether they actually worked and improved during those hours or not. Kids need them because they need a visual clue of their level and the other student's level. Adults should be able to do without that.
#2 08-18-2010 12:17 PM
scarey Says:
@George, The use of a belt system, very common in the U.S., represents a more socialized perspective on progress. It has the effect of letting people a. seek others to train with at a higher level, b. encourage people at their level to keep training. This does happen without colors, it just isn't as emphasized. @Erik, Good job on the videos!
#1 08-17-2010 04:37 PM
But you already had grades/gradings? Isn't that adeqate for measuring progress/setting goals? The only difference I can see with coloured belts is that they're external - something everybody else can see.

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