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Alicia - Congratulations on getting your black belt! (Congrats to your daughter as well!)
23KAIYA - Congratulations to you as well. :-) It must feel great to be back in training - I can't imagine my life without TKD now that I've started.
Thank you both for your welcome.
Welcome BriAnne! I train in Shoshin Ryu Jujitsu and just got my brown 3, considered to be the first 'upper' belt in our school. The average time it takes to get black in our form is 4 to 5 years and we test twice a year.
I have dropped out more than once, I started training in 2000 and held my green belt for 8 years, longest in SSR history! I can understand a bit about wanting to rank up
I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.
I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!
Hi. I am Alicia. I am 41. I just tested on Dec 1st for my 1st degree black. It took me 4 yrs of training. My 10yr old DD got her Jr Black too on the same day.
I too love martial arts and being in class. I wish i could go to classes more often, but kids activities take up some of this time!
Welcome, make sure you check where we chat thru the week in the weekly chat posts!!
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209 cards in 2009!
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My name is BriAnne, and I train in WTF Tae Kwon Do. I just turned 32, and started training about 18 months ago. I was a white belt for a ridiculously long time (5 months), because I started at a class at the local community center, and then my instructor started his own school, so it took 3 months after that before I actually tested up. When he tied on my yellow belt, he said, "Finally, right?"
I just tested for my high blue belt yesterday, which with our belt progression (different dojangs have different belts, I've discovered) means I've got about another 15-18 months - assuming I test every 3 months - until I get my first degree black belt.
I love the sport, and I train 4-5 times a week. Sometimes, I feel like when I'm out on the mats is the only time I really feel completely sane. :-)