A 'Black Belt' in martial arts can be a very different accomplishment depending on what type of warrior training in which a person engages. The wise warrior knows that Black Belts are like apples and oranges, both fruit yet totally different experiences.
At the Wise Warrior Gym 20th Anniversary Celebration students from Edmonton and all over Alberta were recognized with belts and ranks in Self Defence, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jujitsu and Weapon Fighting.
For the first time in the Gym's twenty year history, Master-Instructor Calen Paine outlined, explained and finally presented colored belts and rank patches in Functional Sport Combat, REAL Self Defense, Rurōnin Jiūjitsu and Functional Weapon Combat.
Before starting the awards, our head coach expanded on his personal view of belt ranking and his experience with this sometimes controversial subject.