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 ice climbing, and camping.
As I approach the test for my second Shodan, I can look back and see that I have subscribed to both groups. Six years ago, in November of 2006, I received by Shodan first-degree black belt in the Korean discipline of Tae Kwon Do. At this stage, I was a firm member of the first group. I got by black belt because I was close to the end and just wanted to be done. I had friends in that dojo, but they were of the ‘office friend’ variety, where we were very friendly and supportive on the mat and then didn’t spare a second thought for each other as soon as we left the school. Since joining the Boulder Quest Center, I have made many friends, which are both my masters and my fellow students. They are different from the Tae Kwon Do friends in the fact that they are some of the best people that I know. I actively seek to see them outside the dojo premises because of their unique views and amazing skill set that will make even the most mundane activity a new adventure.
Revisit the blog tomorrow for the next part of Jeff's essay.