He tested for it in Los Angeles, that surprises me a little. How several of the martial arts are - you have to travel to the home of the sport's origin (and be judged by masters of it) to test for and receive your black belt. Good for him.
That explains a lot about the guy. Since he's been in the band, he's looked healthy and fit, clean (which Morrissey appreciates too). Congratulations!!!! This is a HUGE achievement! Mostly, it's always safer with someone like that around. He's got a good balance to him.