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What I learned by earning my black belt


      Hello.  My name is Rory Browder. I have been training with Premier Martial Arts for almost 4 years now.  I would like to tell you what I learned when I earned my Black Belt!

When I earned my blackbelt I worked hard. It was a hard test. It was a very very hard test and they work you very hard. In your blackbelt test they don’t let you give up and they encourage you to do your very best. You might cry a bit but you will feel amazing once you earn your blackbelt. I learned a lot on the way to blackbelt too. I learned respect, kindness, self image and self endurance.

It took a long time to get to blackbelt also. And before your blackbelt test you need to get prepared for the hard work that you’re about to put up. Before your blackbelt test you need to spend up to a year training on stuff to get ready for your long 3 hour or longer test. You need cardio, kicks, punches, and you also have to write an essay on why you should earn your blackbelt. After my blackbelt test I was very tired but proud of myself and my fellow friends that earned their blackbelt too. Before my blackbelt test I had a healthy breakfast and lots of water a couple hours before the test. If it wasn’t for my adrenaline i probably wouldn’t have felt so energized during the test. During the test we barely got any water or bathroom breaks. In my opinion sparring and self defense was the hardest part of the test because they wear you out before, then they do the stuff that really matters. For sparring they invite the best people in to spar us and they are fresh and not worn out like us so they really push us. They also let them stay and help out with self defense because we finished early.

After the test I ate some good food and slept really well. For the next couple days I was really sore and it hurt to walk up the stairs. But the week before my test I ate healthy food and the night before at advanced class we did a light work out and reviewed stuff. Since covid had us delayed with the test I started working really hard and got way better at cardio and my techniques during that time. A month before the test I started doing 5 minute jogs for 4 times a day and that helped a lot with the 10 minute runs we were given in advanced class. In the advanced class the closer it comes to your test the harder they will work you. If you get hurt or act up in class they will not let you test because you need that time away from class to work on karate and you won’t if you’re away for a month or more. What I learned about earning my blackbelt and what i want to share with you is that it is a very long and hard test and will take a lot of effort and if you ever get to that point I suggest taking your time, practicing, and listening to your instructor.

About the Author: Rory Browder is a Junior Black Belt at Premier Martial Arts and is also a member of our: Leadership, Competition Team, and Mentorship Programs.

Premier Martial Arts has been in business for more than 20 years, and since our founding in 1998 we have helped thousands of students of all ages realize their full potential. Premier Martial Arts delivers a best-in-class martial arts experience that helps our students develop the personal skills that are necessary to build a successful life. Our mastery of teaching martial arts over the past two decades is evident in our structured and thorough curriculum, which is standardized across our 100+ locations across the United States, Canada and England.

Our curriculum focuses on character development far beyond the importance of self-defense. We teach our young students how to respect their elders, how to be accountable, how to focus and how to stay in shape in a fun and exciting atmosphere. We empower our adult students with the self-confidence to overcome anxieties and trauma, in an environment that fosters inclusion and social belonging.

Premier Martial Arts Fort Wayne founded in 2015 by 6th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor Ron Kuhn. Master Kuhn had a distinguished management & engineering career working for such companies as Verizon, NIPSCO, Frontier Communications and Mediacom. In 2019 he made the decision to operate his Martial Arts School fulltime which has always been his lifelong dream. That one location has grown to three in the City of Fort Wayne.


Master Ron Kuhn is married to his wife Anita (retired Special Needs Teacher) of 27 years. They have three wonderful daughters, Jordan, Ally and Katie. Jordan is a nurse who lives in Indianapolis. Ally has a computer science and business background and works with her dad at Premier Martial Arts. Katie is Chemical Engineering graduate and works in the pharmaceutical industry in Indianapolis.


Premier Martial Arts of Fort Wayne operates three locations:

North – 10240 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 (Coldwater & DuPont)

East – 10154 Maysville Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835 (Chapel Hill Area)

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