Black Belt Update

Just a quick update…

…After the 6 hour gruelling, I was presented with my Black Belt at a presentation evening the following night. It was all a bit twee, but a proud moment for us all nonetheless. So it’s now official, I am now Black Belt 1st Dan.

Since then I’ve done about 5 Black Belt lessons, including one where the local newspaper took some photos (and we ended up in the paper a couple of weeks later). The new lessons are like going from the beginners to advanced lessons all over again. Muscles ache that you forgot you had, you do twice as many push ups, crunches etc. than you did before, and the combos are getting more complicated. But it’s fun to do, and a good way of keeping fit.

Next stop is Black Belt 2nd Dan, and also deciding what to compliment this with – I’m probably getting a bit old for XMA, but it would be funny to see me do a back-flip; other options at the same school are Wado Ryu (a more traditional style of Karate than the kick boxing style we have been doing), or starting off on doing some Instructor training so that there is a future option to teach other people. Alternatively, I might look at doing another Martial Art, such as Jujitsu or Judo. I’ll leave those decisions until the New Year though…

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