Sylvain Goldberg is a black belt karateka
In the realm of martial arts, the karate belts and their colors play a significant role for determining the expertise of the skilled men and women. Since every skill has a ranking of its own, this sport exhibits its ranks in terms of colors associated to the level of their expertise. The most generic belt colors are white and black. White is the symbol of a beginner, depicting the lowest rank. While black is the symbol of a true expert.
The black belt signifies the highest rank of acquiring karate skills. Once a student is awarded with the black belt it does not necessarily mean that he or she has mastered the entire skill of the martial art. But, it means that the student is prepared to take on challenges of an advanced training.
The length of time it takes to earn a black belt in karate depends on the dedication of the student and the standards of the martial arts school issuing the black belt. An adult student of karate who attends class two times per week on a regular basis can expect to earn a black belt in about five years. But a black belt is, as said, an indication that the student is ready to take on even more advanced karate training. It takes most karate masters about 20 years of continuous training to achieve the level of fifth dan. Each succeeding black belt rank requires that many more years of study. A sixth dan requires six more years of training, a seventh dan requires seven more years, and so on. Ranks for karate masters go as high as tenth dan, though this is exceedingly rare.