Great post dragon.
As I like to tell people it took me 10 years to get my Black Belt in Judo, but then I was kind of advanced. [IMG]http://www.fightingarts.com/forums/ubb/smile.gif[/IMG]
Bottom line; don't do Judo in the US if getting a black belt quickly is your goal. It just won't happen unless you are truly a phenom.
In Japan Judo training is part of the culture and for many students itís a PE class. The classes are longer and training is at minimum 5 times per week. Not so here in the US with most of our classes being two or three time per week, for at most 90 minutes.
On the other hand the majority of people who get Black Belts quickly quit soon after. How many times have you heard someone say I got a black belt in TKD years ago?
My point is anything truly worthwhile is worth waiting for.
I hope this helps. Good Luck.
-Russ (The Judo Guy)
The JudoGi Store www.judogis.com
May your way be gentle.