Jeffrey Blockwick: Iam 22 years old and have been training in martial arts for 10 years, beginning in 2002. After getting my Shodan in Tae Kwon Do in november of 2006, I began To-Shin Do and have been training at the Boulder Quest Center ever since, despite going out of state to Montana State University for school. My favorite activities are martial arts, including kenjutsu and taijutsu, rock and iceclimbing, and camping.
The Shodan Black Belt. To some, this belt symbolizes the end of the journey, the final step along the path. These people will study for years to attain this level, and then leave their discipline to go to another art or even to stop training all together, mission accomplished. To others, the Japanese meaning of the word Shodan is the key to it’s meaning for them: the first level, first step along a greater path. To this second group of people,the word dojo carries a deeper meaning as well. It is no longer just a place to work out, to meet people, to get stronger, but a place of the path, a place to deeper understanding of the world around them and of themselves through self-empowerment.
Revisit the blog tomorrow for the next part of Jeff's essay.
To see Jeff earn his To-Shin Do shodan Black Belt, come to Winter Warrior 2013.