This 8 part series is from Hunter's Shodan essay. I've gotten his permission to publish each paragraph as a blog post. Look for 1 every day to get a feel for his journey. Hunter is a senior at CU working towards his degree in Advertising. He has been studying To-Shin Do for 4 years.
It is not earning a black belt that is significant to me as much as what it symbolizes that gives it power. For me, a black belt stands for everything I have learned during my path. It represents all the challenges and obstacles I have overcome as well as the many good moments I have had along the way. The path to black belt has been just as much of a journey of inner exploration as outward exploration. On the outside, I now have the knowledge that I am capable of something significant if I work at it, do not give up, and remember to have fun along the way. On the inside, I have come to have a deeper understanding of myself. I have come to understand that knowledge is power and that therefore, knowing yourself is self empowerment.