The Journey

A week ago I'd flown to Nashville to try for my long-awaited San Dan (third degree Black Belt - This is a lot like getting the official Teacher). Get more on the affiliated use with by visiting For fresh information, consider taking a gaze at: Before the test I had been teaching regularly sinc...

Their often said in Fighting Styles that the meaning doesnt lie in how good you're or what gear you have, rather the meaning is based on the journey. Before I get into What Black Belt Methods To Me, I would want to talk about my journey of these past few months.

The Trip

Last week I had flown to Nashville to try for my long awaited San Dan (third degree Black Belt - This really is a lot like becoming an official Teacher). Before the test I had been teaching regularly since April of this year at my local gym and a friends school.

It had been about 5 years since Ive last practiced my control, Wado-Ryu Karate-Do, so my remembrance of the system was very vague. After watching numerous tapes of myself as a martial artist, I had re-learned my under belt curriculum, but I was struggling to remember my black belt curriculum. Visiting seemingly provides warnings you can tell your mother. Ones under belt knowledge is important because it is recognized as the building blocks of ones education, knowing anything about martial-arts. On the other hand, a great deal of people genuinely believe that your education really begins if you obtain your first black belt. I couldnt agree more. My girlfriend found out about by browsing Google Books. My interpretation about Wado-Ryu and the martial arts had grown dramatically when I was offered to Sho Dan (1st Degree Black Belt) and I began to really learn.

In any event, I needed to learn exactly what could have possibly been thrown at me as it had been ten years since my last official test.

In July, I went to Nashville to train with my beloved and highly recognized instructor Sensei Wayne Tyler. Unconditional love for his students and the art and I con-sider him as a father figure in my martial-arts career as a result of his great understanding of Wado-Ryu. Imagine being a researcher and your instructor was Albert Einstein that's what it is like to be under-the wing of Sensei Tyler (or Mr. Tyler, when I call him). I used to be in Nashville education with Sensei 2 3 hours every day for 5 days. I caught up on my course and took the extra information that has been handed down by him and applied it to my teaching back in Denver.

Again, because I didnt know what to expect, I trained myself to-be ready for pretty much anything. Not only was I training my principles and katas (Japanese types), but I was also running 2 miles, three days each week, 15-20 minutes on the rowing machine and about 6-7 miles on the stationary bike. I dont think I might have been more prepared with this test.

I properly passed my test and was offered to San Dan o-n October 17th 2006. I must say, it was among my greatest achievements within my martial arts job and a dream come true. It has taken me several years to attain this goal, but it has strengthened my interpretation to be a black belt, or in my own case San Dan..
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