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This is a normal post I agree
However, there are those who believe that a running kick to the head, a spinning back kick etc etc are actually 'martially useful'. I've ecently been to a local 'Martial'* arts grading where they were giving 11 year-olds black belts! The advancement system had lots of coloured tags between actual gradings - each with its own cost - and a 260 charge for the black belt grading itself. Made me laugh. YMMV

*Martial in inverted commas because what I saw was not derived from or applicable to war or conflict. Pretty though. Unfortunately the first time some of these kids try to use it they'll get their heads pounded.
(, Wed 12 Dec 2012, 11:25, Reply)
This is a normal post Once you have your black belt
Couldn't you just use your new skills to recover the 260 from your victim?
(, Wed 12 Dec 2012, 11:31, Reply)
This is a normal post I'm relatively new to martial farts
I hear there are a lot of 'bull-shido' dojo's that crank out blackbelts for cash. I've even heard terrible stories of people training in these places for years before realising what crap is.

I'm mostly interested in Eskrima (also kickboxing and silat), trainer says between 5 to 7 years for a 'blackbelt'.
(, Wed 12 Dec 2012, 11:38, Reply)
This is a normal post 5-7 years is about right
All the gradings at my last dojo were free.
(, Wed 12 Dec 2012, 11:46, Reply)
This is a normal post Our gradings are free too
though often he will have them at the start of a special training camp weekend. You don't have to go to the weekend event, but the one last week was fucking awesome. Had a french grandmaster and a Pro MMA guy teaching us, tons of fun.
(, Wed 12 Dec 2012, 12:55, Reply)