Well after 5 years of hard work I finally got my Black Belt. I don’t think I will ever find the words to describe what it was like taking that test,or how truly amazed I am that I did everything required of me. The test took place over the course of three consecutive days,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I can’t talk much about what I had to do because it is meant to be a surprise and a challenge for each person testing.I can tell you it was not easy,and a points I was not sure where to find the strength to keep going, I just refused to give up , so somehow the strength was there. There were a few times I thought I might just fall over but thankfully I did not.Each day presented it’s own challenges both physically and mentally, It was difficult at times to stay calm and keep a clear head with all the adrenaline pumping through my system. I did get worked up a few times, and I had to collect my self,and calm down to move on, I was very proud of myself fore having that ability is such a stressful situation, since it’s something I have always struggled with.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has been there for me through all of this, Everyone who watched the kids to get to class , helped me stay motivated and focused on my goal. Thank you to Master Jo and all the staff at TOMA fo their dedication and support. My family for always being there to help. I couldn’t have done this with out you.
I put a lot of hard work and dedication into achieving my goal, I could have given up many times but I didn’t. If you have something you want, you can have it ,as long as you work hard and don’t give up. It is not always easy to get the things we want, and sometimes It can seem like we will never achieve them, one thing I know for sure is ,you never achieve anything by giving up.We all deserve the things in life that make us happy, you simply have to allow yourself the opportunity to go after what you want, you deserve it, we all do. We only get one life, go after the things you want, while you can.