"Do not move unless it is advantageous...

Do no execute unless it is effective...

Do not challenge unless it is critical..."

~ Sun Tzu

"Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points"

~ Bruce Lee

"Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere."

~ Morihei Ueshiba

"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend."

~ Bruce Lee

"To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy with out fighting is the highest skill."

~ Gichin Funakoshi

"When two tigers fight, one is certain to be maimed, and one to die."

~ Gichin Funakoshi

"The teaching of one virtous person can influence many. That which has been learned well by one generation can be passed onto a hundred ."

~ Jigoro Kano

"1-2 out of every 100 students reach Black Belt and of those only 1 out of every 1,000 achieves his 2nd Dan."

~ Masutatsu Oyama

Mission Statement

The United States Black Belt Society is a benevolent society of equals among black belt members of all styles who wish to work in harmony for the betterment and advancement of martial arts and its industry for the promotion of love, fellowship, loyalty, sportsmanship and service.

Message from the founder: Grandmaster Robert W. Hoe

I had a dream about starting a National Black Belt/Sash Society for over forty years. In 1996 I started the USBBS with the help of Brent J. Crisci and Ryan Chamberland. This special organization would be comprised of members who had already earned their Black Belt/Sash in any Martial Art Style. All the members of this Black Belt/Sash Society would hold the rank of first Dan (Degree) Shodan Black Belt. No other Martial Art titles or ranks would be issued by the USBBS. I have always wanted all members of this special organization to be of equal rank and status. Regardless of age, sex or how many years they have been in the martial arts.

My dream was to have all these members and their different styles and levels of knowledge in martial arts to share and teach each other. In this way I hoped that the United States Black Belt/Sash Society would be a benevolent society of Black Belt/Sash members who would band together in the service and spirit of the martial arts. Egos and other self-interest would be set aside in order that this USBBS would put itself in the service of other martial artists and martial art schools.

Finally I wanted the USBBS to help spread martial arts around and across the nation, support martial arts for the betterment of mankind, as well as for good health and fitness of our youth, adults and senior citizens.