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Girl Is World’s Youngest Black Belt
Posted on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 11:58 am
by IDMA Editor

The definition of what is a black belt has different meaning within the myriads of martial arts throughout the world, and there are many general misconceptions as to what is required to attain such high a rank.

Photo of Varsha Vinod, the five-year-old from Alappuzha, who has laid a claim to being the world's youngest Karate black belt holder -

One of the first youngest black belts was Joshua Bishop in June of 1995 in the martial style of Koo Self Defense at the very young age of 5 years old. Joshua Bishop was featured in local newspapers, martial arts magazines and television, other names followed soon after Tommy Muller, 1995, Tyler Moore, 1998, were also 5 years of age, and most recently in May, 2009 the youngest recognized female Karate black belt in the world was named, Varsha Vinod, age 5, from Allappuzha, India.

It is truly a very rare occurrence that children at such a young age will attain such dedication and discipline to achieve such a high rank, but it does happen sometimes also in other martial art styles.

The question people raise are, are these children too young to hold such a high rank and the responsibility and leadership qualities that go with the rank?

Are instructors too willing or making it to easy to achieve black belt ranks?

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