Depending on the martial art that you're studying, no, you
don't get a black belt and it stops there. Just like the
pre-black belts, there are rankings. Usually you start
at 10th Kyu (kyu being beginner or amateur) and work down
to 1st Kyu. Then you hit 1st Dan (dan being master), which
is the beginning of black belts. Then you work your way
back up towards 10th Dan (not many of those anywhere in
any discipline). There is no stopping.
The idea of different degrees of Saints is a pretty good
(I'm not a black belt, but both my parents are.)
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