How long does it typically take in years (or months if u are part of a Mac dojo) to atain a black belt in your dojo or the status of Instructor in your gym if there are no belt systems like in Wrestling etc or a similar level of profficency. What is also typically a "right" amount of time that a person should train in order to develop the neccessary experience to teach the skills they have learnt. I do Freestyle Karate and Kickboxing in Melb Australia. It typicaly takes approx 5 years of consistant training 2-3 times a week to obtain a Black belt at my Dojo. What is considered normal and what is considered to fast?? I know a mate of mine got his Black belt at a diffrent Dojo in just 2 years and i thought that was pretty fast.