Jay just received a huge honor from the Academy of World Taekwondo, he has been invited into their black belt club! This is an invitation he has been hoping for and working towards since he started as a white belt a year ago. He is presently a green belt and about two years away from earning his black belt. We met with Mr. Richardson, who is the lead black belt, to learn more about the black belt club and what making the commitment means…which is a commitment from Jay to see this through to earning his black belt and according to Mr. Richardson, once he does that won’t be the end, he’ll want keep going. During the past year Jay has grown in confidence and skill and as I sat next to him during this meeting I couldn’t help but feel extremely proud of his resolve to keep going. And hearing the details of the black belt club put me over the top! I got so enthralled that all I had to do is mention I would like to get a black belt and the next thing I know I am leaving with my crisp white uniform and white belt. YIKES! What have I gotten myself into?!?!
So here we are, my first Taekwondo practice and Jay’s first black belt club practice. I love going to class with him and he loves teaching me…and he is a very good teacher! Having attended a few classes now I have a whole new level of respect and appreciation for the skill he as attained in one year! I understand why they want him to see this through. Me, well, I think we are just waiting to see what happens…including Charlotte who is looking at us through the window.