One in ten thousand
2017, June, 20 Øyvind Henriksen

One in ten thousand

What is the secret to become a black belt? The easiest correct answer lies in the tenets of Taekwon-Do:
Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit, among with Courtesy, Integrity, and Self Control

“A black belt is a white belt that never gave up” 

Thousands want a black belt.
Hundred think they deserve to have one.
But only a few have the discipline, and tenacity to earn their black belt.
And that’s when they realize the journey is just a beginning.

For those who like math and statistics:

  • For every 10,000 people that join a martial arts Dojang (gym or school), half will drop out in the first six months.
  • Of the 5,000 remaining students about 1,000 will complete one year, then quit. 500 will make two years, but only 100 will make their third anniversary.
  • On average, less than 20 will become Bo Sabum Nim (1st dan - Black belt in Taekwon-Do) and less than 5 will become 2nd dan.

I am 1 in 10,000.

I shall go on teaching, no matter how long a student stays in my Dojang. The lessons they learn will be with them for the rest of their lives, and they will go on to share their lives with others.


As I wrote in a post a while ago: The Goal is Consistency!

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