With Flying Colors

Today was my test for Second Level Black Belt in Kung Fu. As it turns out, all of the nerves and stress was unnecessary. I passed. With flying colors.

It was a difficult test: I had to perform everything I’ve learned since earning my Black Belt 2 years ago, as well as a large section of basics that encompassed material from the very start of my training as a lowly White Belt in April of 2005.

On top of everything, I was being graded by our Master, who, to my knowledge, never personally grades anyone. That made me  E X T R A  nervous, because I know he would be watching for all of the new things he’s had me focus on in recent weeks… The very things that made me nervous in the first place.

I’m pleased to report that I nailed all of his big points! I did have a hiccup at the beginning of one routine, and a few other minor details here and there, but all-in-all, I’m incredibly pleased with my performance. I feel like I did the absolute best I could.

And frankly, the absolute best I could do was pretty damn good, if-I-do-say-so-myself.

I ended up with an overall grade of a B, but again, that’s a B by our Master’s very. high. standards. I worked really hard for that B, and I’m proud of it.

Unfortunately, during one of my sparring matches, an opponent blocked one of my kicks and left me with a black & blue right ankle. It’s not that big of a deal – I bruise like a ripe banana – but boy does it hurt. And that’s on top of my general muscle soreness from 2 hours or so of Kung Fu.

It’s a good thing I’m supposed to knock out 6.2 miles tomorrow…

In my honor, today, Rachel, of Body by Pizza fame, pushed herself past her planned 5-mile run to do a full 10k. In the same spirit, I’m going to do my damnedest to run the full race tomorrow. No guts – no glory, right?!

Thanks to everyone for your encouragement. It was insanely helpful in getting me psyched up, rather than psyched out. You guys are the best.

Details on the Trot for Tots 10k tomorrow! Man, this is an active weekend…

3 Responses to “With Flying Colors”

  1. South Beach Steve Says:

    I never doubted this for a minute. Congratulations!

  2. Kat Says:

    I knew you would do well. Congratulations!

  3. Kat Says:

    I knew you would do well. Congratulations!