Young Gympie black belts are top of the class
MARTIAL ARTS: Karate guru Yasushiro Konishi famously said "Karate aims to build character, improve human behaviour, and cultivate modesty; it does not however guarantee it".
This saying suggests success is not a sure thing unless you have the character to make it happen.
Gympie karate kids Jamie Perissinotto and Hamish Hanlon demonstrated last week they possessed character traits necessary to guarantee their success when they were awarded their provisional black belts.
The boys are the first recipients of such an honour at Gympie's Karate4kids dojo.
Instructor Geoff French, himself a seventh dan black belt and 30-year veteran of the art, said the work needed to achieve a black belt in any form of karate was testament to the students' discipline and application.
"The journey to a black belt is like climbing a mountain," French said.
"But it is only once you have it are you ready to climb."
Both Perissinotto and Hanlon started off like millions of other young karate proponents in the world.
Through their resolve and dedication they made their way through the coloured belt system after performing and passing more than 25 individual gradings along the way.
"The coloured belt system is like an apprenticeship," French said.
According to the coach, his pupils constantly demonstrated values consistent with what wearing a black belt was about.
"Hamish is naturally gifted with his physical abilities and possesses a lot of drive. Jamie on the other hands loves to impress and is very persistent."
More than just an item of clothing, a graduation into the black belt ranks means the opportunity to expand on the fundamentals learnt at a coloured belt level.