Some people, due to their mental, physical, and emotional abilities cannot meet all the requirements of a black belt or carry out all the responsibilities of a black belt. These people should not be awarded a black belt
At some point, a person is too old to meet all the physical requirements of a black belt and to carry out all the responsibilities of a black belt. This point is different for each person, depending on their mental, physical, and emotional status. When this point is reached, the person should not be awarded a black belt.
At some point, a person is too old to maintain all the physical requirements of a black belt. This point is different for each person, depending on their mental, physical, and emotional status. What happens now? This is a touchy subject for many people. Once you earn a college degree in say, accounting, you are always are a college graduate, even if you have never worked in accounting and have basically forgotten all you learned about accounting. So it may be said that, “Once a black belt, always a black belt.” However, since a black belt may be awarded by any organization, school, or instructor who wants to award one, and since black belts, along with valid appearing authentication, may be purchased on the Internet, any black belt is only worth the reputation of the person who claims to be a black belt. Once that person cannot behave as a black belt, whether the person is 20 years of age or 80, he or she should no longer be considered a black belt. An older black belt may no longer able to physically perform as a black belt, but still be able to behave as a black belt, have the integrity of a black belt, and perform all the other duties of a black belt, such as pass their martial art down to other generations, help make their martial art known around the world, or act as the wise patriarch or matriarch of the art.