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Friday, October 26, 2012

Achieving Ninja Shodan (part 5)

Jeffrey Blockwick: I am 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.

I have worn my Tae Kwon Do belt since I have left that dojo.I put it on once a year to remind myself of what I have accomplished and what ablack belt means. It means that the person wearing it is strong, confident andready to face the world. There is a small problem with that belt though. Itdoesn’t feel like mine anymore. It has my name on it, I have a certificate forit, and I remember very clearly earning it, but in comparison to the challengesI currently face and the values and beliefs I currently hold, my previousshodan carries less significance. In short, I am not the same person. I havegrown and changed compared to the small sixteen year old that stood on the gymfloor in Longmont, Colorado to tie on a black belt. I have become a rock, wherebefore I was a cracked stone, uncertain and unsure. I have become a solid forcefor good, whereas before I was indecisive. I am accepting and embracing whereasbefore I was snobbish. 

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.

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