May 10, 2014 -

The Number One Black Belt Quality

Have you ever wondered what the number one quality is that identifies all Black Belts? I can’t speak for other martial art studios, but in the thirty-five year history of the Karate Institute of America, from its beginning on 31 August 1979, one common thread identifies every one of its sixty-three Black Belts to date. That one quality is…persistence. They never quit. They just kept on pressing on until they achieved the very prestigious goal of becoming a KIA Black Belt.

This is most likely why Winston Churchill, arguably the greatest British leader and statesman of the 20th Century vehemently stated: Never, never, never quit.

To corroborate this most exalted virtue of never giving up, the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, remarked:

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Yours in the Arts,

Richard Andrew King
Grandmaster, Karate Institute of America
Author of The Black Belt Book of Life: Secrets of a Martial Arts Master
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