The bottom line is that if you want to know these things and more about the black belt in martial arts, then you've come to the right place.
The History of the Black Belt:
Does a Martial Arts Black Belt Signify a Martial Arts Expert?:
Generally, a black belt is at least very proficient in a style's techniques. In many cases, true experts may have degrees attached to their black belts (2nd degree black belt, for example) or are actually called masters of their art.
The bottom line is that in almost all situations, a black belt is at least a very strong practitioner and possibly even an expert.
Some Black Belts to Know:
- Helio Gracie: Widely considered to be the inventor of modern day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Gracie was a 10th degree master of his chosen art upon his death in January of 2009. Along the way, he made major improvements to the guard (fighting off of one's back) and his family played a large role in the advent of modern day MMA competition.
- Jigori Kano: Kano invented the martial arts style of judo, looking for an alternative to the more violent jujutsu of his era. His vision of seeing judo become a sport was eventually realized in 1910. Kano was also the inventor of the belt grading system. He died a 12th dan of his system.
- Chuck Norris: Norris, a famous martial arts actor, is a black belt in Tang Soo Do, a form of karate, and Tae Kwon Do (an 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master). Beyond that, Norris managed a 183-10-2 estimated overall karate tournament record during his competitive days.