I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent me their comments and congratulations following my shodan success. I really appreciate the support and advice many of you have given me over the last 2½ years that I have been blogging about my karate journey. I have taken on board many of the things that you have said to me and learnt a great deal from your own blogs. My success belongs to you as well; it is as if I have had many teachers from around the world, so thank you.
I think my feet are now descending back to the ground ready to start the next leg of the journey! Sensei told me I was now a white belt again – a beginner. It’s true; I am (along with my co-graders) the most junior of the black belt students. It’s a place I’m happy to be as I have much to learn.
We had a great lesson on Monday – we didn’t touch a single thing on the syllabus. After the intensity of the last few months we all needed a break from that, even Sensei! So instead we spent the whole session looking at some ‘urban’ self defence situations. This was different, it was refreshing and useful. We kept it all light but some useful things were learnt.
You know, I feel really released from the ‘shackles’ of grading at the moment. Training is just going to be fun for a while. I also intend to focus more seriously on the assistant instructor program; Sensei has already asked me to assist him with some ‘taster’ sessions he is planning to do in a local primary school so I’m looking forward to that.
So many opportunities now seem open to me – I’m really buzzing at the moment….
Thank you again xXx
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