Earning one's black belt is one of the happiest days of a person's life. It is the public recognition of hours of blood, sweat, and tears. It is a grueling challenge. It is a time to demonstrate one's abilities.
Earning one's black belt is also one of the more disappointing days in a person's life.
"Is this all there is to it?"
The new Shodan realizes the mystique is gone.
Earning one's black belt is the beginning of one's true martial arts career. Now you are ready to explore you in the martial arts.