The real value of the black belt lies in the fact that you should now have a basic understanding of the path you’re currently on. You should also have learned how to learn – how to seek out and apply the correct information.
Furthermore – and this may be the most profound experience of them all – you should by now have found out a thing or two about yourself, as well as having met and hopefully befriended a number of great, inspirational people.
The Black Belt Myth
A link to an article on the real value and meaning of a black belt. I suspect that is a problem more in the United States and other western countries where the cultural and language barrier make martial arts seem mystical. The article explores the hype and ends with this insight: