Expert or Novice?
One of the greatest misconceptions is that all black belts are experts. This is understandable for those who are unfamiliar with Tae Kwon-Do. However, students should certainly realise that this is not always the case. All too often, novice black belts advertise themselves as experts, and eventually even convince themselves that this is true.
A first degree black belt has learnt enough techniques and had adequate practise to be able to defend themselves against a single opponent, but this is just a starting point.
Having learnt the alphabet a novice black belt must now begin to read! It will take years of hard work and study before any black belt can consider themselves an instructor and expert. A perceptive student will, at this point, suddenly realise just how little they know.
A black belt also enters a new era of responsibility, their actions inside and outside the training hall will be carefully scrutinised. Their conduct will reflect on all black belts, and they must constantly strive to set a good example. Some black belts will go on to become experts and ambassadors. However, far too many will believe the misconception and will always remain a novice, both mentally and physically.