If you want to be treated like an adult AND a blackbelt then wait until you're both an ADULT and a BLACKBELT.
While it's unfair to treat you as an inferior simply due to age, surely you can see (having some hindsight now) how hard it is to immediately take a 10 year old blackbelt seriously when the martial arts world is littered with young black belts that don't deserve that rank.
Being respected for your merits is something that, sadly, has to be earned and the amount of time that this can take varies. Sometimes it takes years of repeatedly showing people, through positive actions, that they were wrong in the first place.
Besides that, holding out for universely approval is an exercise in futility.
Children are amazingly good and miming, imitating, and following directions. However, they are generally much more rudimentary when it comes to actually understanding WHY they do what they do or being able to explain the rationale. No one is saying that young children can't throw kicks as one trip to a soccer league would prove you a fool. What people (generally) are trying to get at is that a 10 year old black belt knows the motions, but understands a tenth ABOUT the motion that an adult does. Knowledge alone makes a great lower ranked belt. Physicality alone makes a great lower ranked belt. However, it is only the combination of these that makes a great martial artist.
Edited by Spin_Hook (07/27/05 06:12 PM)
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