He's 7, and he has a black belt

He's 7, and he has a black belt

There are 118 comments on the Evening Sun story from Aug 4, 2008, titled He's 7, and he has a black belt. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

At 7, Matthew Lee of Hanover is the youngest student at So's Taekwondo to ever earn the rank of black belt.

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MOMMY

Lithia, FL

#104 Jan 24, 2009
Rusty wrote:
<quoted text> Meeting violence with violence is the only option available to you when someone is beating you into a bloody pulp.
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Why do you don't give back ? by concepts !

You need being soo sweet in this country. Right!
MOMMY

Lithia, FL

#106 Jan 24, 2009
Middle Street wrote:
MOMMY,
Are you ok? I have not understood most of your posts. I can not put any of your thoughts together to make scents. Sorry
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Try again and you don't have to !

I talk pratical not intellectual so if you are a scientist like soo many people you will never understood.
Out of USA you learn to be in action when someone doesn't want understand by talking like here we beating down so like the people understand a lot faster or if you can you try to ignoring them . not to talk only......blah blah....! some time talking goes nowhere .
For that you need being in full control of your own emotions. In UK you learn that fast trust me.

Since: May 07

Glen Allen, VA

#107 Jan 24, 2009
Rusty wrote:
<quoted text> Meeting violence with violence is the only option available to you when someone is beating you into a bloody pulp.
this is really random, but according to Henrico County Public Schools, If i were getting beat to a pulp and used TKD on the person i would get expelled... stupid ass rule I totally agree with you..
MyWorld

Harrisburg, PA

#108 Jan 24, 2009
Holy crap "Mommy"! You are horrendous at typing!

Now that junior got his black belt start using the money for English lessons for yourself! Try this...before you hit SUBMIT re-read what you typed.
MyWorld

Harrisburg, PA

#109 Jan 24, 2009
MOMMY wrote:
<quoted text>--
Try again and you don't have to !
I talk pratical not intellectual so if you are a scientist like soo many people you will never understood.
Out of USA you learn to be in action when someone doesn't want understand by talking like here we beating down so like the people understand a lot faster or if you can you try to ignoring them . not to talk only......blah blah....! some time talking goes nowhere .
For that you need being in full control of your own emotions. In UK you learn that fast trust me.
Okay, now can you have someone else translate what you just said! Did you swallow too much water swimming over here.
chris_b

United States

#110 Feb 24, 2009
I'm very sorry but this is wrong. If true Masters of the art knew of this they would puke and rebuke everything to do with it.

Trust me I know for a fact that kids this age, no matter if they know all the techniques and forms and show a mature level...they cannot be a true black belt until you reach at a mature level.

To have a black belt doesn't mean you know everything or a master at it...but you SHOULD be able to teach. High ranked Dans know this!!! Kids can't teach me how to defend myself or teach me the respect and understanding of the art.

Though I commend the student for his hard work, it's not correct and the world karate foundation wouldn't recognize his work. The instructor should know better!

It's wrong...sorry it's the truth.
Just_Me

Pasadena, CA

#111 Feb 25, 2009
What the heck is the world karate foundation? I thought this kid was in taekwondo, not karate.

I have read where many people believe that a black belt means that someone knows the basics. Not that one be able to teach the basics. I think in taekwondo one becomes an instructor at 4th degree. So until this kid gets to 4th degree you should not be asking him to teach you anything at all. But if at 7 he understands the basics than he should be just as eligible to wear a black belt as anyone else that understands the basics.
Zero

Millstadt, IL

#112 May 19, 2009
I know a nine year old who has his first degree black belt...but it's a "junior" black belt, so I doubt that counts as legitimate.
Over Here

London, Canada

#113 May 30, 2009
I have to wonder what kind of driving force is behind a 7 yr old to achieve a black belt. The mental and phisical maturity cannot be there. Have to wonder what age he'll get his 3rd Dan 9?
MOMMY

Lithia, FL

#114 May 30, 2009
MyWorld wrote:
Holy crap "Mommy"! You are horrendous at typing!
Now that junior got his black belt start using the money for English lessons for yourself! Try this...before you hit SUBMIT re-read what you typed.
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Learning american-english what did you means ???
Slang what' s this !!!!!!!!!!

ahahahahhahahahahahhahhahahaha hahahhahaahhahaha!
Idiot you are!
MOMMY

Lithia, FL

#116 May 30, 2009
MOMMY wrote:
<quoted text>--
Try again and you don't have to !
I talk pratical not intellectual so if you are a scientist like soo many people you will never understood.
Out of USA you learn to be in action when someone doesn't want understand by talking like here we beating down so like the people understand a lot faster or if you can you try to ignoring them . not to talk only......blah blah....! some time talking goes nowhere .
For that you need being in full control of your own emotions. In UK you learn that fast trust me.
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When you landing in one kindergarten what did you think happen ????? make a lot sense for the teachers but not for kids ! Americans are so much IGNORANTS......etc..........
MOMMY

Lithia, FL

#117 May 30, 2009
Over Here wrote:
I have to wonder what kind of driving force is behind a 7 yr old to achieve a black belt. The mental and phisical maturity cannot be there. Have to wonder what age he'll get his 3rd Dan 9?
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In this country everyone are born with black belt on it what did you expect ????
Then everyone again is en Grand Masters in what ever what that is americans and + he want just teach english but learn some thing herself? No thank you. Is that all what an americans know.
Is not much !!!!!!!!
Ken

Prairieville, LA

#119 Sep 4, 2010
Age 7, that black belt is a paper tiger or straw dog. He might know the techniques, but he is nowhere skillful nor does he have the mental and biological control that comes with a "real" black belt. They are doing the kid an injustice.
Uncle Tom

Tampa, FL

#120 Sep 4, 2010
Hick wrote:
Hey Uncle Tom, are you from West Virginia?
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May be why???? ahahhhaahahhh!
Uncle Tom

Tampa, FL

#121 Sep 4, 2010
Ken wrote:
Age 7, that black belt is a paper tiger or straw dog. He might know the techniques, but he is nowhere skillful nor does he have the mental and biological control that comes with a "real" black belt. They are doing the kid an injustice.
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Correct..... But if don't incouraging people. You received like I recieved: It is a felony to discouraging people.

By away I have award for this people who incourage others people for everything and anything he do.
Just send your email address here and you will receive this award with your name on it. No kitting.
kevin

Dearborn, MI

#123 Jan 26, 2012
To the poster feeling the 7 year old should be praised for getting a black belt: I ask, should a 12 year old who aces all his classes be given a doctorate degree? No one is taking away the dedication this child has. He should be proud that he is so dedicated and enjoys it. But in all reality, a 7 year old simply doesn't have the maturity to be a black belt. No matter how awesome a boy does in cub scouts...he must progress through the ranks before becoming an eagle scout. Its just a basic part of being human. A seven year old doesn't understand philosophy, nor has he or she been truly faced with the complexities of life that often have adults facing self doubt, fear, love, hate and a sense of being. He is most likely a remarkable child, but granting him a black belt which has years of honored traditions and dedication simply minimizes what the art of taekwondo really is.
SSP

New Orleans, LA

#124 Jan 31, 2012
UNCLE TOM wrote:
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Americans belts is made ONLINE in this country..
Or like lolly pop.....It means nothing....ahah!
By away for $ 3,00 you can buy one black belt every where in the supply martial arts.too cheap!
American white belts can kick you around...
lorraine

Luton, UK

#125 May 18, 2012
It does'nt matter how good Matthew is at Taekwondo there is no way he is mature enough to wear a black belt . Taekwondo is much more than a physical sport . It is a way of thinking and a way of life .One has to develop mentally ,spiritually as well as physically. All this does is cheapen it.Parents beware and hold on to your wallets

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