- Black Belt Prestige
- High times
- Low times
- What happened?
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- Children black belts
- Page 7
- Page 8
- Women black belts
- Physically or mentally disabled
- Over the hill black belts
- You can still do that which you do, because you do it.
- Is there something that can be done?
- Has the prestige of the black belt been lost forever?
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Over the hill black belts
Once you are awarded an Olympic medal for the 5000 meters, you will also be an Olympic 5000 meters medal winner, even if you are now too old to run at all. Once you are a black belt, you will always be a black belt, even if you are too old to kick a bucket. However, this does not mean that people should be awarded black belts based on the age or previous abilities.
The martial arts community, and the general public, has an opinion as to what a black belt is and expectation as to what a black belt should be able to do. Although these expectations may be lower for an older black belt, the expectations are still high. An older black belt may not be expected to perform as a younger black belt, but they are expected to perform much better than non black belt people of the same age. Age does not make black belts unfit or fat. Barring any legitimate medical reasons, they become unfit and fat because they do not care or because they do not want to do what it takes to be fit or trim.