At the beginning of December I achieved my next belt in Tae Kwon Do. I am now blue belt with a red tag, only 3 belts away from becoming a black belt.
I did a good amount of training before hand and was very confident on the lead up to grading day. I even attended a training session with Master Dew. You know the scary looking bloke I talked about in Blue Signifies Heaven
It turns out he isn’t that scary at all. He’s actually pretty funny and very helpful. We went through our respective patterns and he walked amongst us all giving tips and pointers and having discussions as to why we do certain blocks and movements. This really put everything into prospective. I knew which areas of my body I was protecting etc. We do learn this within our usual lessons however sometimes you forget and merely learn the shapes of each movement to retain the sequence.
Afterwards we went and had a quiet drink with him at the hotel he was staying at. We were to be on our best behaviour! It turned out our instructor was the loudest out of the lot – how ironic. But this showed him in a completely different light. He even explained that he has to be ‘stern faced’ at grading’s as that is his job. He is there to examine us all so he needs to concentrate. So when I saw him on grading day I wasn’t so scared anymore.
Grading day came and I am always up against Abbi who has got an A pass at every grading! I try to work my hardest to beat her or just get an A pass myself however I was rather distracted. My Nan was in hospital. I ignored my phone through the whole session so I stayed focused, but at one point I became rather disorientated and my mind went blank half way through my line work. I knew this meant the worst. I carried on through my patterns and answered my Korean theory still ignoring my phone. After grading was over and Abbi got another A grade (no grading trophy though so I was a little smug about that) I checked my phone. 3 missed calls and lots of messages. My Nan had passed away whilst I was grading. So my lift kindly rushed me home so I could be with my family.
I got my new belt and certificate at the next training session. That’s when I decided to take a break until 2018. I had an ankle pain that I was trying to ignore, but asking people to strap my ankle 3 times a week, I felt I was becoming rather annoying. I went to my rugby club physio and he said I have pulled a tendon. Therefore I have dived into revising my next lot of theory so I have still been connected to Tae Kwon Do in some way.