You are beginning a journey that is going to make you capable of things that physically, emotionally and spiritually you did not even know were possible for yourself. Before reading on, I ask you to stop and think about WHY. Why do you want to embark on a journey that so many start but so few finish? Why is earning a black sash from this academy is important? This is a question that you can only answer for yourself.
There inevitably will be highs and lows throughout your journey as a martial artist. You will learn more about yourself and grow most during those low times. At your lowest points, you must be able to call upon your “why” or your reasons for taking up martial arts. They will motivate and carry you through every time.