“Karate wa kunshi no bugei – Karate is the martial art of intelligent1 people” ~ Gichin Funakoshi
5 * 3 * 13 * 6 = 1170
A student getting a three year arts degree can expect to spend 1170 hours in class per year.
3 * 1.5 * 52 * [(4+6)/2] = 1170
A karate student can expect to spend an average of 1170 hours in the dojo to get a black belt.
Conclusion: it takes the same amount of time to get a black belt as it does to get a university degree. This confirms what many of us suspected about karate and university: you don’t have to be smart, just have high pain tolerance (but it helps to be smart).
You are invited to spend your 1170+ hours at the Charles Fink Karate Dojo.
1I think “sophisticated” is a better translation but “intelligent” makes my point.