black belts - 2022

In martial arts, the black belt is a way to describe a graduate of a field where a practitioner’s level is often marked by the color of the belt. The black belt is commonly the highest belt color used and denotes a degree of competence. It is often associated with a teaching grade though frequently not the highest grade or the “expert” of public perception. It is also a relatively recent invention (dating from the late 19th century) rather than an ancient custom.

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