MARTIAL ARTS FAQ’S
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A BLACK BELT?
This depends on the system. Some systems have promoted to black belt in 2 years and others like Kenpo can take 5-6 years on average.
IS ONE STYLE BETTER THAN ANOTHER?
No. But some styles have more to offer than others. Look for a good instructor in whatever style you choose and it will make all the difference. Even though some styles have more information to offer it still up to the student to become the best he or she can be. Your instructor can obviously help with that process but it is up to the student to take it as far as they want to.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KARATE AND JUDO?
Karate is to boxing what Judo is to wrestling is the easy answer. There are grappling arts like Judo, Jui Jitsu, Aikido (to a degree) and they’re boxing type arts like Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo and many others. A martial art should be chosen for what is most comfortable to the practitioner. Although I would love to study Aikido I don’t think I could handle all of the falling at my age. It is for a younger person to grow in the art and not so much for an older person. Only my opinion. Again find a good instructor and it will make all the difference in the world for your martial arts career.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU STUDIED AND WITH HOW MANY INSTRUCTORS?
I began my study in Feb 1966 and have been with the same instructor until he semi-retired to Oregon in Jan 2002. Up to 1972 I received my rank through the International Kenpo Karate Association. From 1972 through 1996 I received my rank through California Sam Pai Kenpo Association. My instructor for 37 years is Grand Master Joseph L. Dimmick. He will always be my instructor.