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How long will it take to get a black belt?

Oh - the one question that most new karateka cannot resist asking! Some martial artists feel, however, that focusing on attaining a black belt completely misses the point of training in the martial arts. There is so much to be gained along the way, and rushing to 'get to the end' in order to grade for the shodan rank means you'll miss most of it. Besides, shodan is just the beginning, as the study of karate is the study of life for life.

But, to answer the question - it varies! Some students are able to train hard without any breaks, whereas other students, due to life circumstances, take a longer route. Not sure what the shortest time was from white to black belt at McMaster, but the record for the longest time is 7 years!

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