Questions are integral to learning. We always encourage students to present any and all concerns or queries to their instructors here at Old School Kenpo Karate—be they about the history of Kenpo, how various styles differ, or any aspect of our teachings or methodology.
The answers below should provide some guidance regarding our school, our protocol, our curriculum, and more. But if you need more information, please feel free to contact us!
How long does it take to get a black belt?
This is probably the most common question.
A black belt is portrayed in the media and legends as the most visible badge possible of being “a badass”—and it is. Because beyond physical toughness, this outward sign more deeply symbolizes a true inner strength. And that combination of mental and physical strength is what defines the martial artist.
How long it takes to earn this coveted rank varies for each individual. And at Old School Kenpo we don’t believe in shortcuts.
Years ago, the average length of time to achieve black belt level was four to five years. That is still a valid estimate. But students who attend all classes plus practice regularly on their own can advance much faster. Athleticism, previous training, and other factors also affect each individual’s progress.
Some facilities—for a price—will assure you that you earn this coveted rank in a set amount of time. But schools or instructors should never guarantee anyone a black belt. Only true dedication can lead to the mastery required for a black belt. Adhering to this principle is what genuinely defines us “Old School.”
How long does it take between each belt level?
While we maintain a formal policy of waiting at least one month between tests for yellow through brown belt, and a six-month wait between brown and black, it generally takes longer. Again, depending upon the individual student, rising from white to purple belt may be fairly rapid but going from blue to green to brown is a complex—yet extremely satisfying—journey.