Karate, a Journey Between a 1st to 2nd Degree Black Belt

Topics: Shodan, Tournament, McHenry County, Illinois Pages: 2 (619 words) Published: December 3, 2012
Kyuki-Do Essay
1st to 2nd Degree
It has been a very long journey between now and the beginning of my journey as a 1st Dan Black Belt. To start off, I would like to thank Head Master Wayne Steinmetz, Master Frank Mueller, Master Tina Curtis and all of the other Black Belts in The McHenry Flying Dragons for giving me this opportunity to continue on and achieve my goal to becoming a Black Belt. As my journey went on, I have realized that I have changed a lot just from becoming a Black Belt instead of a colored belt because when a Black Belt comes into play they wake up to the fact that they can be a role model as they grow into Kyuki-Do more and more. I, on the other hand, have experienced that feeling; my mom has been working at a school for 17 years being an aide and finally a green stripe from our school she said, “Hey, Easton, guess what? There was a little boy named Danny and he was practicing his form during recess today.” She also said, “I asked him, who you learned that from?” The little boy said, “A Black Belt from my school, his name was Easton.” When my mom told me that story it made me feel so happy inside because there was a lower belt looking up to me, as if I was his role model.

As my journey continued on into the AKF McHenry Flying Dragons as a Black Belt; I have stopped to certain places to compete, demonstrate and just enjoy myself, as the days went on. I have competed in at least three Out of School Tournaments and one In-School Tournament. The out of school Tournaments include Huntley, Eau Claire and Clinton and the in-school Tournament includes only one place; The McHenry Flying Dragons. Also for many of the Tournaments I have shaking almost all of the Masters hands and especially Grand Master Ok Hyung Kims hand. For demonstrations, they include parades, demos, and even an In-School Tournament. I have partaken in many of the parades, such as Fiesta’s Days Parade, Wonder Lake Parade and the Schufen and Spiel Parade in Johnsburg. In all of...
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