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A MARTIAL artist I know recently told me that he wasn't going to bother taking his second dan black belt because he didn't see much point.

His argument was that dan grades are just for those who feel the need to have 'letters after their names'.

I fundamentally disagree (sounds like he is suffering the black belt blues!) because in most martial arts the real training and understanding comes AFTER taking your first black belt.

And to get that true and deeper understanding you have to advance through the upper parts of the system.

A black belt first dan is the BEGINNER grade of black belts. This is why the Japanese systems clearly make a difference in terminology between Kyu (Boy) grades and Dan (Man) grades.

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