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Kanji In Knot

What does it mean when a student wears a belt (a black belt usually) with kanji (Japanese characters) in the knot?

Sometimes a student will get a belt with nice writing on the ends. As the student grows (taller and/or wider) the belt will seem to grow smaller and smaller, until the ends become short and the writing is in the knot.

To me, this usually means that it is time to get a new belt!

It is not good to be attached to things like belts and patches -- better to be attached to family and friends.

I remember hearing a saying that a student's knowledge is in his belt. Really? It seems to me that the student's knowledge should be in the student. Without knowledge, a belt will not help -- with knowledge, a belt is not necessary.

But kanji in the knot?

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin