January 02, 2023 3 min read

A black sash is recognized as a significant milestone in martial arts. But contrary to what many people think, it doesn’t mean mastery in an art. The black sash is the beginning of further learning and discovery. Lifelong, in fact.

The true relevance of black sash training

Bruce Lee once described the significance of a black belt as, nothing more than a strip of cloth to hold your pants up.”

NOT literally.

What he really meant is, the sash was literally a way to hold up our pants back in the day. But today it is used as measurable milestones. A black sash is a way to set measurable goals in martial arts training. Just like in school, you earn a high school diploma, then an associate’s degree, a bachelors degree, and so on. You don’t STOP learning when you achieve one of these goals, even if you don’t continue on to earn the next higher degree. A black sash does NOT mean you are done practicing.

The meaning of his words reinforces the fact that a black sash is a sign of your dedication to continuing your journey of discovery and learning. In today’s world, people thrive on convenience and using irrelevant things as a measurement of success. The black sash stands for something different and true.

Black sash training in martial arts schools helps us to set goals parallel to educating students. We build character and teach you a variety of life skills your K12 schools and universities might not. The combination along with your academic background empowers you for lifelong success.

Our martial arts school is designed such that students can engage in seasonal and recreational activities, alongside their black sash training to enhance their lives for the better. Martial arts specifically focuses on character development in a way other sports do not.

The benefits of black sash training are limitless, and they include:

  • Ability to defend yourself physically
  • Teaches SMART goal setting and achievement
  • Confidence
  • Ability to overcome negative peer pressure
  • Discipline
  • Self-respect
  • Fitness
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Improved diet and nutrition
  • Peace of mind and calm spirit
  • A way to relieve stress
  • Ability to build better relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Focus
  • Better performance in all areas of life
  • Compassion
  • And more

Black sash training helps you engage in a developmental process to promote your success in high school, college, business, and all areas of life.

Earning a spot in the black sash program

You have to qualify to participate in a black sash program. Our goal is to make sure we are a good fit for you and you are a good fit for us! In our academy, we look for students who have the right attitude and put in the proper effort. Physical skills are important for the mastery level of a black sash, but a student’s attitude and character is the most critical requirement. We aim to groom students that can be future leaders in their schools, community, and wherever they find themselves.

To be qualified for black sash training, you not only have to master combat and skill but are expected to show humility, patience, and respect. It lies in the hands of your teacher to determine if you are fit to be awarded this milestone. Being careful, respectful, committed, and conscientious shows good character and paves the way to attaining a black sash.

Continuous learning is also what makes the black sash hold any significance, otherwise it becomes nothing more than how Bruce Lee describes it, but in literal terms. Our black sash students don’t stop when they earn the black sash. But it is a moment to celebrate.

What’s involved in a black sash/belt?

Typically, a black sash demonstrates or represents advanced skills in Kung Fu. Students can often earn their black sash after three to four years of training. Also, sometimes advanced degrees of a black belt continues throughout the practitioner’s life.

Black sash requirements include advanced weapons work, philosophical development, and martial arts skills.

Start today. In a year, you’ll look back and realize you could already be a year into your life-changing black sash journey.

Owings Mills: (443) 394-9222

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