a Barack Belt is a Ranking that is Redistributed, Never Earned
Wow….a Barack belt. That’s just so many ways of awesome, right there.
Is there anything that this man can’t accomplish without ever having earned it, first?
Anyway, there he was in Seoul, the last stop of his journey.
And out of the Seoul sky, President Lee Myung-bak hands over to the American leader a tae kwon do outfit. And then Lee, who practices tae kwon do himself, presents Obama with a coveted black belt.
After zero long years of study.
Apparently, President Obama does have some martial arts experience:
President Obama practiced Taekwondo for about four years with an American master in Chicago from 2001 while he was serving in the Illinois state senate. He obtained a green belt.
Well, he’s green alright. And it shows.
On a side note, my personal experience with martial arts doesn't make me put much stock in most belt ranking systems. In some schools, especially in the U.S. but I doubt exclusive to the U.S., running a martial arts school is about running a business; and belt promotions are handed out as easily as personal fitness certifications.
A black belt really doesn't signify much of anything beyond achieving a certain level of proficiency at the basics, a level of understanding and commitment; a black belt symbolizes a student who is now ready to engage in serious training. Really, it's another level of being a beginner.
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