I guess this begs the question of how one views becoming a black belt:
Is it a cumulative, gradual experience, starting from day one? This would not really require a formal blood'n'guts ceremony, as it has been proven for some time.
Or is it a singular event where one becomes a black belt at a specific time? This would require a torture test/ceremony for the candidate to pass/overcome to be born into the rank.
I personally ascribe to the former. But I am a confirmed wu$$y.
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin