Best of luck!
The true meaning of a black belt is a device used to hold up ones pants. The color meaning little more than decoration.
However, the symbolic nature of the belt is the conquest of self. In its symbolic respect: a measure of ones ability to wear their proverbial pants in the arena of self discipline and focus. A measure of soul.
Of course, it should mean something different for each person. Since it is a trial of conquest and rite of passage; unique to each individual and art that suffers to this destination.
And as with all ends, it is also a beginning. A completion of the first steps to a bigger world. As when the baby wolf masters the art of feeding from its mother, only to open its eyes and discover that the world has grown infinitely in magnitude.
Best of wishes in your quest, and may this accomplishment bring your mind and body new journeys of even greater purpose.
PS Live in Sacramento too
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[This message has been edited by KATO (edited 11-28-98).]