I agree, I also dislike the commercialization of martial arts. However, I do feel that tournaments and belt rankings do have their place. For the longest time I insisted that I did not need a belt to validate my ability, but now I really feel that I would like to work towards a black belt, I don’t know, maybe I just caved to peer pressure! Nevertheless, I feel like I have a healthy understanding of what a black belt means. I view it as a mark of commitment and dedication. Also, the belt system allows me to have a tangible indicator of my progress. I guess I am trying to say that belts are important to me, but, its the journey not the destination that matters.
Thanks for reading, I know I am rambling!