by Alex
(St Vincent and the Grenadines)

My name is Alex, from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

I have trained for 4 years in Taekwondo, 3 years consistently and then the 9 month waiting period before black belt testing!

Kukkiwon issued my BlackBelt Certificate and ID on the 5th of January 2013! and after a long and vigorous testing I was presented my black belt on Wednesday May 8th 2013.

I am 25 years of age and have competed in several international competitions before, won some and lost most due to me being a green or blue belt and always fighting black belts...(guess who is wearing a black belt now lol).

I am the most senior student in our school and the first home grown Taekwondo black belt on the island for the past 7 or so years!

To answer the question, it is probably expected to hear me say that I am a good or great black belt but what i will say is "a great black belt is who I aspire to be", someone my daughter will look up to not just as her father but as some one she wants to emulate on the martial arts journey!

As a Red belt I have been teaching kids and have had a few of them look up to me. Its going to be exciting tomorrow to see how it will change when they see me show up to assist my instructor with the Junior Kids class wearing a black belt!

It will also be exciting to see how my instructors attitude towards me will/may change in class. I have been assuming the responsibility of a black belt as part of my holistic grading since my 2nd red promotion.

I am looking for enlightenment because I feel it as a responsibility to know! Thus I am searching for good reads about Taekwondo Philosophy.......

Please recommend some thank you!

Linda's reply

Congratulations Alex! What a fantastic accomplishment as being the first homegrown Taekwondo black belt on your island. You come from a very beautiful part of the world.

I'm sure you're students all had that look of awe and happiness when they saw you in your new belt. You carry a certain power in that when you are teaching children - make sure you are always responsible with them.

I like what you said about wanting to represent someone others would like to emulate. That's inspiring others which is what an instructor should be doing - not just teaching and telling others how to do something but inspiring them to be the best that they can be.

Some good books to read are Taekwondo, a Path to Excellence and Zen in the Martial Arts, both on Amazon.

Good luck and keep us posted on your journey!

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