my taekwondo journey...

by Kris
(Richfield, MN, USA)

Just thought I'd touch base and let you know how things are going:)

I started Tae Kwon Do in June 2009 and it has been one of the greatest decisions I've ever made! Currently, I am a purple/2 stripe, but have been recommended to test for red belt on December 4th, 2010.

There is one story I wanted to share with you that still makes me laugh... My school has several lessons throughout the day and night and on Saturday, the schedule is as follows:

8:30 am - 10:30 am Black Belt class, 10:30 am - 11:30 am Kid's class (open rank), 11:30 am - 12:30 pm All Age/Open Rank

Well, my very first Saturday class, I went to the 11:30 and after a quick warm-up, stepped onto the floor. While I waited for instructor to call everyone to "Line Up!", I noticed very quickly that every student filling the classroom was a black belt of varying degrees!

I thought for sure I had made a mistake and maybe I had the time wrong, but nobody said anything and everyone was friendly...but still! On the inside, I was getting really nervous! Picture it...about 24 black belts and me - the ONLY white belt in the whole room!

Well, class began and it was a good class, very intense and sweaty and just like my first few regular classes, I was still loving it, but hoping still I had the time right! Then, to top it off - after the class was over, one of the black belt ladies came up to me and said, "Well, you've survived your first black belt class!:)" So, I started worrying again... "maybe I did have the wrong time!" However, after consulting with my instructor and being assured that I was in the right place at the right time - I finally relaxed and felt that I had found a home away from home:)

On a separate note, I have been in 2 tournaments so far and have taken a bronze in forms and a bronze and silver in sparring! (And for anybody who's still considering starting their journey and they're "not as young as they used to be"...I just turned 41 in August...just go! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!)

Deb's Reply

Hi Kris Thanks so much for sharing your taekwondo story with us - I have no doubt you will inspire others to start kicking.

Thanks again Deb :)

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Dec 17, 2010
by: kris

Hey Bob:)

Good luck to you and your daughter on your belt test! I wish you the best on your journey:)

Dec 14, 2010
Great job
by: Bob

Gratz on your belt. My daughter (8) and I (41) have just started our journey. Our first testing is friday for our low yellow.

Dec 04, 2010
by: Anonymous

thanks guys:) Just wanted to add, I just made red belt today!!! (12/4/10) and the journey continues...:)

Nov 25, 2010
by: Tiago Costa

Hi Kris!
Just remember that sentence, a family away from home. That is what makes a Taekwondo school worth it. The sort of environment that there is will always tell a good school from a bad one. If you feel at home there, your training sessions will just fly over your head. Enjoy them the best you can.

Nov 25, 2010
by: Anonymous

Awesome story!

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