I am testing for my green belt in Tang Soo Do this Saturday, and I have to admit, I am nervous.
Green belt is essentially 5th level. Testing for yellow or orange did not throw me. At that point I had the mentality ... "hey, I am in my 40's, a newcomer to karate, I will do what I can", but at this level expectations are higher -- mostly my own expectations of myself! So I have been practicing forms and combinations a lot at home, and went to the pretest. But honestly, at this point, I just want it to be over! Performing karate in front of a testing board of scary men in black belts is more intimidating than I would have thought!
- Cathy Yonek
- Pittsburgh, PA, United States
- Six years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey here.