A black belt is a white belt that did not quit!
The Navy is run by chief petty officers. They are highly regarded and respected by both commissioned and non-commissioned officers. When a recruit enters the Navy, the first person he or she will probably deal with is a chief. Anywhere in the Navy, when sailors have a question, they are told to "Ask the chief!" For these reasons, most sailors aspire to becoming a chief someday.
Taekwondo is run by black belts. They are highly regarded and respected by all martial artists. When potential students enter a dojang, they immediately notice the black belts. When students have a question, they are told to "Ask the black belt!" For these reasons, most students aspire to becoming a black belt someday.
Black belts exemplify the virtues of Taekwondo and should be emulated by students. Black belts should be respected and should earn respect. Black belts are martial artists, but they are also leaders and teachers, whether they are aware of it or not.
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