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It's Official: I'm a 2nd Degree Black Belt

Monday, June 26, 2017

Holy cow. My belt now has two embroidered stripes, one for each degree. Wow.

Getting a black belt is like graduating from high school: you're now ready for advanced college-like training. Getting a second degree? That's like the college graduation...and I did it. I'm still shell-shocked.

Aside from the usual testing requirements, I had an added personal challenge: I tested with my husband. He is an absolute taekwondo rock star. He's six feet tall and 150 pounds of pure muscle, and he can perform any feat with deadly elegance. He earned his 5th degree this weekend, officially a Master in the art.

Not intimidating at all, right?

So my shades of doubt in the last few weeks have come from this unnatural comparison with my husband -- which is totally irrational, I know, But sometimes it's hard -- when you weigh more, when you're slower, when your kicks are nowhere near as powerful -- sometimes it's hard to give yourself any credit. So I'm trying to right now.

I earned a 2nd degree black belt. On my own. With my own body. I performed every task I was given with no errors. I was able to jog two miles in 21 minutes, defend against five different attacks, kick through two one-inch boards stacked on each other, and spar several five-minute rounds without getting exhausted or beaten. (Now that I write it down, I'm feeling a lot better!) I will never perform like my rock-star husband, for whom taekwondo is the blood and sweat of his life, but that's okay. I'm pretty bada$$ on my own.
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  • VTORIA3
    emoticon to you!!!! As I read your blog on all that you had to do to earn this high honor, I was in awe of you. What a great example you are to showing just what can be accomplished when one stays focused and does what is needed! It is so great to have you on the Champions in the Kitchen team for the Summer Challenge. Welcome to the Team! emoticon
    476 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    emoticon on your awesome accomplishment !! emoticon
    478 days ago
  • LEEWORD
    So happy for you! My baby sister did Tai Chi, no belts, but she could throw those big guys with the best of them, and she was just under five feet tall and sixty years old. (Yes, Tai Chi has "boxing") It's not the body you have, it's how you use it. You are AWESOME!
    478 days ago
  • BEATLETOT
    I am thrilled for you! Congratulations on your accomplishment!
    478 days ago
  • MARIHELEN
    Good on ya - you got this!
    479 days ago
  • ROBINWASLEY
    That's so awesome! Pretty cool that you and your husband are doing it together! You guys rock! Congrats to you both!!!
    479 days ago
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