History of Black Belt?
Possible stupid question alert (in my defense, please see Introductions and note that I am a new/old student.)
The black belt. I know that it originally signified a serious student, one who has some of the tools to continue in his/her training. Here in the US, it signifies a bit more. My questions are as follows. When/how did the black belt change in its importance? If it is even possible to guesstimate, what would the equivalent of a Japanese black belt be to an American student? And for the Japanese/trained in Japan Aikido students out there, what are your thoughts on the US importance/weight of the black belt?
I dunno if this has already been hashed out somewhere, if so, I would appreciate a link to the thread. Joyful training to all,