Candidate Journals

King Tiger Tae Kwon Do Black Belt candidates blog daily about their journey: their thoughts and feelings, their struggles and successes; their pain and their encouragement. Follow along on their journey; words of encouragement are always welcome!

9/22

Took a strength assessment test. My strengths are Harmony, Connectedness, Positivity, Learning, Communication. I think it did a pretty good job of describing me.
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The Good Life

I think we can all agree, high school is a different experience for everyone. For me, it’s truly a blessing in life. While it can bring stress, it has provided me so many opportunities to meet hundreds of people and hang out and make so many friends. The reason I bring this up is because this is my senior year, and I must say, this is by far the best year. But yet it is going by very fast, and I know I’m going to miss it so much. So i just enjoy it while I can!
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Angry

So my dad had to have a hip replacement out in California. They wouldn't allow any visitors into the hospital. After the surgery they were supposed to start physical therapy. Instead because there isn't anyone to oversee his care, like a family member, they left him laying there for days untouched. Fortunately my dad is a pretty tough old dude and he had his cell phone with him. When he called my mom and told her, well, lets just say it got ugly. It shouldn't take someone to get ugly to take care of an 88 year old man. He's had it rough. Broke his leg a couple years ago, they place a rod on his femur that left him in extreme pain for a year Practically forced him to get the covid shot, even though they had covid, then shortly after the shot, had to have a pace maker installed....
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9-21

Started the day with a workout at 9Round with Master Chelley and Master Hartle was my trainer. Today was burpee heavy so I got a couple of days worth in😃. Then a pretty nice day at KT, even with the rain and the traffic. We have some cute crafts this week, the kiddos seem to be enjoying them and making some cute origami frogs and fall trees. Quite a few of them tested last week so lots of excitement over new belts today. So cute! Then class and time with Master Marcus working on my bolo form. And then home and working some on one of my essays. And now off to bed!! Have a good day tomorrow!
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9/21

Today I was at school and finished my MAP testing.  We got to have an orchestra rehearsal also.  When I got home I went for a run then mentored my mom.  We did kicks and some more of her poomsae.  I also managed to get some more jump rope in.  What will tomorrow bring?
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Sept 21

Today I was to play a baseball game but it got rained out.  Instead I have been working on part 2 of my lego truck.  It has been fun working with my mom and my brother has been downstairs and left us alone.  
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Journal

Today I woke up, went to school. Wrote a weird fairy tale for creative writing class, learned how to read bones in forensics, and had a plethora of knowledge shoved into my head in chemistry. All in all, not a bad day.
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September 21st

My tennis match got canceled due to the rain today, so I was able to go to the dojang for class. I got in a mentor session as well and I was going to try to squeeze in a mentee session, but we had to clean up some throw up from the stairs that someone left behind and didn’t say a word about. That has been my eventful yet uneventful day.
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Tuesday

It's another Tuesday which means I had my mentor session with Master Natasya. Beforehand I executed my agenda working out doing requirements at Anytime Fitness. I have a very busy week tomorrow through Friday but should be able to attend to my requirements and attend classes. 
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training

Some great training today. Worked a lot on self defense. My kind of workout in CrossFit as well. A big cardio day, lots of burpees, toes to bar, rowing, and running. Didn't lift one bar bell, strange. Classes were fun. One of my toughest kids to teach who ends up also being one of my favorites, loves to make people laugh. He is one of the most uncoordinated kids I have ever met, but also one of the most determined and good natured I have met. Always good to have him in class. Foster out
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Sept 20

Today I had baseball practice.  We scrimmaged our own team and we ended with a relay race.   we came home and I got to work on my lego.  I am almost finished with the first section. 
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It's Monday...

Today I woke up at 6:08 and went to school. At school I had a rough day because of my classmates. Anyways, after school I went to TKD after school and did a mentor session and got mentored. Once I got home I did a workout with my dad so I can make progress on my physical requirements. After that I just took a shower ate dinner than watched TV for a little. Bye.
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September 20th

My day has been pretty standard so far. I have school, and then tennis practice, and then I head to the dojang. I have been working on all my college stuff as well as for scholarships. We have color belt testing this week so I have to prepare the students for that at the dojang. 
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9/20

Excited to go to work today. Most of the kids tested so were beginning a new testing cycle. There something refreshing about starting new. I get a similar feeling about the start of a new unit in class. At crossfit, we pretty much just lifted weights, and that not my best skill. I tap out when the weight gets heavy, but I'm happy I did it and I pushed myself.  
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9/19

Watched Candyman today with my family. Worked on homework and cycle stuff. 
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Sunday

Pretty casual day. Worked the yard a bit, planted grass around the pond, went to church, and of course requirements.  Foster out
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September 19th

Today I woke up early to do my requirements did not feel like doing them in them in the afternoon after that I had a relaxing day I do have to stay home tomorrow due to private reasons.
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Sept 19th

Yesterday was my birthday and my mom gave me the lego technic Volvo rock truck.  It has 2193 pieces.  Then we went to K1 sped and rode go cart with Cohen.  He gave me a Xbox gift card for my birthday.  Today I decided to work on the first step of my lego set.  It might take a while to put this truck together.  
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Back from Hilton Head

Today my family and me came back from Hilton Head.  We watched some football and while I was in Hilton Head I did the Physical Test.  My mom sent Master Chelly my results which were better than the pretest.  Just now I ate dinner.
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September 19th

I have had a pretty relaxing day today, especially after the physical and written test yesterday. I did great yesterday and got a 100 on the written test! I had to finish my homework today as well as my scholarship essays in order to submit those by the deadline. 
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Journal

Today was a good day in that it was the most chill day ever. I woke up at 8 which was great and I chilled for literally the entire day. I also did the work out although its become easy and basically is nothing more than a good day starter at this point.
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Test day, come and gone.

Yesterday was the written and physical test. I think it went well overall. We have been faithfully doing the physical stuff. There are many days, after working all day that it is a struggle, but for the most part I can knock it out in 45 minutes if I'm not interrupted. Although I have taken hundreds of tests, I always have that moment of doubt of, did I study hard enough, am I ready. Yesterday I felt like I was. Then we went to the BB class at Master Evins. It is always a little challenging going there after being away for so long. We haven't been there for over two years. Things are done differently, and this creates a low level of constant anxiety. I have learned to appreciate that effort counts as much as everything else, and If I don't know something perfectly, if he sees the effort, he...
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9/18

Today I had my physical and written pretest today. I overall felt like I did pretty good including in the black belt class. I also did 100 pushups and sit-ups, 20 burpees, ran a mile, did 26 poomsaes and 10 self defenses. Today was a tiring day.
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Today was the pretest. I am really tired and I played with my friends for the whole day. My legs hurt when I do a horseback riding stance.
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Happy Saturday

Weekend is here. Got the yard mowed, sprayed the driveway with vinegar, got some good practice time in with Trent. For those who don't know, high potency vinegar is a great grass killer. No cancer causing chemicals. Just a strong odor. My neighbor gets me cases of the stuff from the restaurant supply business he works at. Trent's getting really good at his shots in lacrosse. Of course we have to chase down a lot of balls out of the woods, but at least there's no neighbors windows or houses we have to worry about. One of the many benefits of living in the country. Sometimes he wings that ball at me when he passes. It keeps me on my toes. If you ever see me with a missing tooth or two, you can guess what happened. Hope everyone did well with their written and physical test.  Foster out
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Physical and Written test.

Today we had the physical and written test which was very difficult. When we did the written test I was so stressed! But I was able to get through it. After the test I did BBC, after I got home. Now I have my little brothers friend over so i'm hiding and typing. That is my day so far. Bye.
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Journal

Today was the physical test. I destroyed my previous time for the run as well as the other requirements. I was very impressed with everyones display at testing today, especially some of the Bochos. All in all the rest of the day was uneventful.
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Sept 17

Today after school I had baseball practice.   Today I got to practice catching today.  We have on more practice before games start next week.  Afterw

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9-17

Happy Friday everyone! Color belt testing at our dojang this week and it went really well. I love how happy our kiddos are in after-school when they are talking about it. Also how much they congratulate each other, so sweet. I helped out with Little Tigers this afternoon and that class will have you both laughing and sweating. I cannot believe how tiny they are sometimes. And then helped out with testing tonight. First time for that so I was quite nervous but it went well and the testers were all awesome. Uploading a couple of essays and then off to bed. See you in the morning!
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Marcus Hendricks - 9/17

Last day of testing was today. I'm super happy with how everyone performed! Definitely my favorite part of instructing is getting to watch all of the hard work manifested in testing. Already creating my goals for the next one!
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September 17th

Yesterday we had a match and we won all of the courts which was nice. The match was at Frank Liske Park and was enjoyable as well. I have been studying for the anatomy and written test tomorrow and know everything except for a couple of questions. I have picture day for tennis today after school, and we might get Senior Banners for the first time. 
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9/17

Cousin came to town, so were going to go out for Korean BBQ. Worked out at 6am, which I haven't done in awhile. 
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9-17-21

Hello I haven't been journaling for awhile because the tracker said I didn't have any journals left but one magically appeared again so that's why I am writing this one. I am almost done with the cycle which is really nice. Just a couple essays left and a whole lotta jump roping which is my least favorite exercise! This is probably my last journal for 2 years when I am doing testing for 3rd Don so will see you next time! 
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Here comes the weekend

Great night tonight. Trent and Tyce got to do some intense lacrosse training. Wish I could have watched. He was quite tired coming home. Friday is our down day at Harrisburg normally. But tomorrow we are doing picture day for the kids. Should be fun. I need to get one with me and the boys. Been a long time since we had a picture together. I'm whooped. Going to bed. Foster ouzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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9/16

Today was a teacher work day so I didnt have school. I worked more on my essays and praciticed 5 poomsaes and 5 self defenses. I also did 110 pushups, situps and 5 burpees. Today was a good day.     
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Sept 16th

Today, I had a teacher workday and no school.   It was kinda fun day because I played a little on my xBox.  Finished my homework.  I got to help with testing tonight and give my brother his blue belt.  Then we went to dinner and had chick-fil-a.  
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9/16

We are in Hilton Head, and today, me and my brother went on a run together.  My brother timed me for jump rope like he usually does.  I was able to get all of my requirements done earlier than usual.  We also went to the beach and enjoyed the sand and waves.  I'm looking forward to more beach time tomorrow.  
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Journal

Today was a very nice break from the usual schedule. I slept in and was able to do all my workout and study for my chem test before three.
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9/16

I sitting at a crossroad right, I waiting for an application to review to see if I get into the nursing program at cppc. If I don't I have to reapply and apply to more programs in and out of charlotte. But for right now, I have to sit and wait to see. Not be passive, I still have to make sure I have information for other programs. I need to study and complete my class. I need to save money to send out application and save if I move out.
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Kick A Thon

I love this service project. What a great charity to get behind. So, at Harrisburg, we decided to do the kick a thon there as well to double our efforts. We are asking our parents to sign up and sponsor the entire 10:45 class on Saturday the 2nd. I just asked tonight and already have folks pledging. Hopefully we will get a lot of awareness as well as donations. Thanks Master Chelley for doing this. Foster out
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9/15

Worked with kids on there stuff for testing. Study the cycle test questions. 
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September 15 2021

I have been working on the stuff for the written test since that is were my limits are so far I have only gotten three wrong and out of 52 those are good odds
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September 15th

Today was a pretty normal day at school, but in AP Human Geo, we chose countries for a speed dating thing we are doing on Friday. We don't have in-person school tomorrow, which is a little relaxing so I don't have to wake up early like I normally do.
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9/14

Today I went to school today and had less some homework than usual to do, so that was pretty good. I also did a total of 100 pushups and situps. Today was a good day.
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Weapons

I love weapons. Weapons that strike, weapons that explode, all kinds of them. It's a powerful and responsible feeling. When I was in the Air Force, my favorite was the M-60. Fully automatic .776 rifle that was belt fed. The ammo was heavy, but when you let that thing roar, it was like clearing a forest. The nickname for it was the pig. When we were in the field, I always volunteered to carry the pig. The thing weighed a ton, but the moment there was a fire fight, I went to the front and opened her up. The muzzle blast was so powerful, it would singe everything around within five feet. There were tracer rounds every fifth bullet so you could see where the rounds went. It had an accuracy up to 1,100 feet. Ok, big boom, big fun, but I love sticks, nunchuks, knives some times just as much....
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Sept 14

Today I went to school and scouts.  At scouts we were talking about the upcoming air soft game and camp this week.  I am sad because I have a baseball game the same night they are going to play air soft.  
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Journal

Today was a pretty normal day, I woke up at 5:20 to get ready for school and drove their with the peeps. At school I did several classes with varying degrees of enjoyment. We also did pictures which sucks because my teeth are too big for my face and look funny. Anyway, I came home and did my workout and did homework. Very average day.
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9/14

Today for school I had Orchestra.  After school I went on my run and read my ELA book then I did some requirements.  Then I mentored my mom.  We worked on self defense and her Poomsae which is Hwa Rang Poomsae.  Then I did the rest of my requirements.  Just now I did a little bit of jump rope.  Tomorrow we will be going to Hilton Head.
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Reading MAPS Test

Today the highlight of my day was the big test I had at school.  I went to bed early last night so I could get as much sleep possible to make sure I do my best today for MAPS test Reading.  I feel really good about it and I think I tried my best.  It did drain my energy and focus so I don't have a lot done today.  But, I did run 1.8 miles, and do 6 pull-ups in a row.  My best is 8 pull-ups in a row which is exactly what I need to do.  I hope everyone is having a great week and are finishing up some requirements soon because I know I am.   9/14/2021
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9/14

Going to start journaling in the morning again. Monday I did 50 box jumps in 30 minutes, but that was after alot of other exercise drills. Today im going to work on my final essay and some English lit homework. 
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September 14th

I really need to start journaling everyday. I have a match this evening and we are leaving at 2:30. I put in most of my essays in dropbox last night as well as my recommendation letter. I have also been studying for the written test and anatomy test, which is good. 
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Sept 13

 

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oh so soar

So yesterday, I finally got around to cut the wood we will need over the winter. Now, before I go on, I have to admit, I own a log splitter. Love that thing. Regardless, spending half the day splitting wood really did a number on me. This morning we had some great training with Master Evins. After that, I went to Crossfit for a workout, then right to the do jang to get ready for classes. Needless to say, I'm smoked. My requirements look like something my grandmother would look like. I got in the bare minimum numbers to allow me to sleep tonight. If I had the time, I would love to hit the hot tub. But instead, I'm here, talking to you, sharing my day. Hopefully you all are staying with the power curve and not getting behind. Stay with it. The more it hurts now, the better it...
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Saturday - Monday

Spent the weekend at my parents as it was my weekend to take care of them. They are in their 90s and having health challenges in multitude. They are a delight. I am blessed to to have them and my siblings. I was able to do some requirements early Saturday. I drove home Sunday afternoon.  Today was very productive at work and at Anytime Fitness. I am looking forward to another productive day tomorrow at AF and at the LKN Dojang. 
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A bathroom day

Today I got up, did my exercises, went for a walk with Sara and the dogs. Then got William off to school. Did a few hours of work. Then took apart a glass shower door and tried to bring it to the re-use it store, they wouldn't take it. Therefore, Brought it to the Huntersville recycle station, they took it. Then to Lowes, bought a bunch of bathroom fixtures. Then home. Put up a fence, then inside. Oh, did my second to last essay in the morning. I thought we would go to Tai Quan Do tonight, but we are all whipped. Therefore, are staying home and studying for the test on Saturday.
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Journal

Oh my gosh, chemistry just became physics. Today was an all around good day with the only oddity in it being chemistry class. Out of the entire class there was a period of about 4 minutes where I knew what was going on. It was spent figuring out what numbers are WORTHY OF OUR Ackoweldgement!!!! and How to calculate things like, energy transference by calculating the speed of light by the wave length of a particle. It was very confusing and I still am having a bit of trouble thinking about it. Still, not a bad day.
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September 13 2021

Today I have all the time in the world for my requirements and other stuff since Andre has basketball and my mom has a school thing to do only thing I gotta do is my homework
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9/13

Going forward this week with good intentions. Im going to journal in the morning. Prep my lunches and snacks in the evening. Worked with Master Marcus on poomsaes this weekend, going to take his advice and make adjustments. It so weird how you don't notice ways to be better He said my kick was high, but really slow, and to add more speeed, energy, effort into the kick. 

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Getting there

It's hard to believe this is day 70 for me.  No, I'm not done, but I did do some extra today to zero out two more categories.  I'm hoping this will give me some extra time to keep zeroing out other categories this week.  Unfortunately I was not expecting to not be able to do much for a week and a half, and I'm glad I did extra stuff towards the beginning of the cycle or I'd REALLY be behind.  
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Sunday

It seems there should be a Sabbath with the cycle, to spend time with family and reflect. Today was a beautiful day, but touch with sadness. Without going into details, of of my students dad is really sick. Great family. Wish I could do something for them besides praying. Prayers are powerful and I have to give it over to God. Met some missionaries at our church from Athens. Amazing couple with such astonishing courage. Their plan is to go to UA (United Arab Emirates) and spread the gospel there. That's a place where they arrest and persecute Christians. Love that kind of courage and faith.  Foster out
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SUNDAY...

Today was okay. I broke my flute and I have band at school tomorrow so my dad went to get it fixed. They can't fix it so they gave me a temporary new one. I played outside. I have picture day at school. It is during P.E. You might think that's a good thing but it really isn't. They have us walk on the track everyday in P.E. for 20 minutes. That'show I get my miles in for requirements. Now I have to make time for that too. P.E. homeroom is fun. You get to aimlessly wander around the school. There are 150 kids in the gym and it's not like they'll notice that i'm missing. I do walk around in the mornings a lot. I go to the encore hallway to put my stuff in the band room. Go to the 6th grade hallway to say hi to my teachers,...
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9/12

Today was a chill day, I did 110 pushups and situps and 20 burpees.
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Sept 12th

Today I did my empathy challenge and did not speak today.  It was very frustrating to get someone to understand what I needed.  I had to carry a notebook around to tell people something. 
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Journal

Today I went and saw Shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings and it was pretty good. Definitely would recommend. The best part was critiquing the martial arts used in the movie. I still don't understand why people do flying attacks all the time. Anyway, other than that I went for a jog and otherwise had a very chill day.
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9/12

Today I got up and my mom and brother went to hit tennis balls.  While they hit them I did some push ups, sit ups and my other requirements.  My brother timed me for some jump rope.  Then after that we played some video games.  We also watched the Panthers play the Jets.  I eventually went on my run.  I relaxed and then I did some some pull ups which was a couple minutes ago.  Looking forward to another week at school.  
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September 12th

Today, I had to take a Calculus test in the morning. Luckily, there were only 13 questions, but just like Calculus, they were fairly difficult. Then, I helped my sister finish up her project for Spanish and then went to Topgolf with my tennis team for a team bonding activity. We were there for a couple hours and had a lot of fun competing with each other. 
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September 12 2021

Today is just finish up essays day I only gotta do my empathy challenge essay other than that everything is normal.  
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A Calm Day

Aside from requirements my schedule for today is relaxation!  I have already got everything done except for running, sit-ups, and a few more kicks.  It is only 12:00 and I started at 10:00.  I am going to do some homework for school which is just reading for now, and then eat lunch and watch a movie.  After that, I am going to spend some time with my mom and go have ice cream!  At 4:30 my mom, dad, dog, and I are going to the lake and going to go on a boat ride.  We are also going to go swimming and tubing.  I can't wait for the fun to start!  When we get home we will have dinner and get ready for school tomorrow.  I hope everyone is having a great weekend!   9/12/2021
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9/11

Today I went to go see ShangChi and it was a pretty good movie. i also did a total of 100 pushups, situps and 150 kicks today was a pretty good day.
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SATURDAY - 9.11.2021

Today I woke up early for sparring class. It turned out there actually wasn't any sparring class so I stayed in the parking lot for 45 minutes waiting for BBC. My mentee was there so I did a session with him. I also practiced some forms. After BBC I cam home and didn't do anything. I did homework. It was about 9/11. Even though these these sad events happened, we should still think about the heroes that helped save many lives. After that I studied my Written test answers. Then I went to my friends house. I hadn't seen her in a long time. That's all. Bye.
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Sep 11th 2021

Today was a great day with a lot of hard work that had to be done. I finished most of my essays and only have the community service one to do. Along with going to black belt early this morning it feels good that now I am finally done for the day.
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9/11

Today I got up to go to BB class.  Today we also remember 9/11/01, the attacks of September 11th.  My parents were living in New Jersey at the time.  I didn't get all my requirements done until 7:00 when I finished my run.  Tomorrow I hope to get my stuff done much earlier.  
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A great but sad day.

Today I had a football game against the South Park Falcons. My team won 13-0 I threw somebody during the game to hehe. But today is the 20th Anniversary of umm the 9/11 attacks. Where we went from having two World Trade Centers to one. Peoples lives lost on the attacks of 9/11. The targets for the hijackers planes were the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and the building in Washington D.C. All but one of the targets were hit. The plane that was intended to hit Washington D.C was hijacked but the crew was able to beat the hijackers and get control, but by the time they got they there the hijackers had already crashed the plane in a field in Pennsylvania. Goodbye. :(
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9/9 9/10

Friday I had a scholarship leadership meeting. Finished my study guide today, worked with master Marcus on poomsaes.
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September 11 2021

Today I woke up extra early for master lloyds 7:45 class but he was not here so I spent my 30 minutes with master shelly. Actual BB class was just same old same old we did poomsaes up to high blue then we did sticks right now I am finishing up my essays. 
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9/10

Today was a pretty chill day at school with no homework. I went home ordered some food and did 100 pushups and situps along wiht 10 poomsaes and 150 kicks. Today was a good day  
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Saturday Morning

I woke up early, the dogs wouldn't leave me alone starting at 5 am. I got up and let them out. I think they sense the change in the seasons and want to be outside in the cooler air. We headed off to King Tiger at 7:30 for the early session for William. Then for the black belt class. I'm starting to feel a little more comfortable with the idea of testing in five weeks. There are still a few things to learn, but I think that we will have it down. Almost time to go and pick up William at King Tiger, he loves Saturday mornings there.
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FRIDAY

Woke up at 6. Got ready. Ate breakfast. Went to the bus stop.I went to school and 8:30 and came home at 4:30. I ate food. Did homework. Had a class 'till 8:00. Played outside. Ate dinner. Writing this.
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Hard Work

This morning I woke up super tired and so I was tired through out the day.  After I went to school and got in the car at 4:30 P.M., I went to straight to the dojung to try to get as many requirements done as possible.  At 5:30 P.M., I took Friday BBC and worked extra hard to try not to fall asleep.  When I got home I stayed focused and had a protein smoothie to boost my energy.  It helped for a little while and then faded away.  I relaxed when I was done and it is now 10:30 P.M.  I hope everyone enjoys their weekend had a great week!   9/10/2021
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Sept 10, 2021

Today at lunch I had a very strange thing happen.  I was eating my walking taco and split my loose tooth.  It didn’t come out yet but hopefully it will soon.  
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go to bed

Infamous words I tell the boys. It's code for, I want peace and quiet and want to watch my show. I like finding old movies like the original Aliens, or Preditor, or the even a western. Something with action and bad acting. Used to love B rated movies. Big Trouble in Little China, Remo Williams, They call me Bruce, and many more. Today was a great workout at CrossFit. It seemed easier than normal but I'm feeling it now. Lots of squat snatches. Not my cup of tea. In fact, I look like cat hanging from a tree branch when I do them. All over the place and terrible form. Just got done with my requirements. That wasn't pretty either but I got them done. Love the cooler weather setting in. It's the season of Hot Tubbing! That thing has been sitting out there all summer. Too dang hot during the...
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September 10th

We won our match yesterday and I also got to see 2 of my old friends at the match. It was fun to catch up. Today was a normal school day and I started my piano lessons again. Tomorrow, I am going to black belt class and then I am going to do a highway cleanup with the National Honor Society at my school.
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9/10/21

Today was pretty basic I went to school and went to Friday B.B class. I also had a mentee session.
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9/9

Sparring was intense! Wrote some notes for mircobio and medical term today. Tomorrow I'm going to finish a school assignment and start studying for my black belt test. 
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September 9 2021

today was sparring I went to class and did a mentee/ mentor session that was long enough for sparring to start and today I was put through the ringer everyone was we ran 3 laps around the entire building the sparring rounds then we did Korean dancing push ups burpees high knees and more.
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Sept 9

Today I went to school and I got to play my trombone.  When i got through the car rider line and got home, I went to class and got some leadership credits.   I also went to sparring.  I came home and did some more exercises and homework.   
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Journal

Picture day was today, I did a lightsaber because I am a firm believer everyone should use a lightsaber at least once in their tae kwon do career. I didn't do so hot on my AP US history quiz and got a 75 because I mixed up my philosophers(they all sound french to me). Tomorrow I am taking a forensics test many people have been saying is hard so...yay*sarcasm*.
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Marcus Hendricks - 9/9

Crazy day today! Starting picture day gave us about half of the mat that we are used to.  Classes were packed but full of energy.  Sparring went very well, with the help of Master Lloyd and Master Natasya! I'm very happy with the group of kids we are getting ready for testing.
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Outside Sparring Class

The highlight of my day was outside sparring class.  For anyone wondering 3 laps around the Hartles' s building is 0.5 miles and I think 0.666 is 1 lap.  I am so sore and can barely sit down comfortably because of sparring.  And Kick Boxing Class is Canceled for tomorrow.   My butt hurts.  Today was another day of school and trying to get as much of requirements done as possible.  I hope everyone is doing and does not hurt to bad from sparring tonight!   9/9/2021
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Sparring..... My butt hurts....

Oof. Some kids spar hard but that just makes you want to spar harder. Today I went to school. Nothing new there. My first block was social studies we learned about 9/11. I came home had a snack and played Fortnite. Then I did my homework and got started with requirements. I had dinner and went to class I got a leadership 1 and 2. Then it was sparring when I finished I was done with sparring rounds for the cycle. Then class was over and here I am now.
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Math...

Sometimes, nothing is worse than doing trigonometry at 7:15 in the morning. I just can't stand it; I'm already not a morning person and then they expect me to do math this early? I say it is quite preposterous, and they should have made my schedule more convenient for the human brain. But it is what it is, today was the usual day; school, work, and homework.
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9/8

Worked with kids getting them ready for testing. One kids stayed for two class to to practice. He's really close, but he has to practice. 
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storm day

Love when the storms hit. Definetely needed the rain. I don't have a lot to share tonight. Classes went well, got a good mentor session, and came up with a really fun drill. I found out that if you place a plastic cup upside down on the kids punching bag, it flies up when you kick it. When it flies up the other person on the other side of the bag kicks the cup in the air. It was pretty fun. Foster out
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Sept 8th

Today I went to school.  My first block was social studies and I learned about harassment.  In science, we made roto-copters and experimented by changing one thing and how it would affect them.  In ELA we started reading Percy Jackson.  I like this book so far.  In video production we learned long range and close range shots.  
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Marcus Hendricks - 9/8

Lots of work done today! Getting all of our students ready for testing next week, and I am very happy with how everyone is performing.  We have 3 more days of classes to get everyone ready! :D
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I survived

I'm not going to lie to you. The past five days have been a bit of a slog, the hospital is full, many really sick kids. I had a great resident doctor with me, and great Nurse Practitioners. I do believe that having quality, good people to work with makes the job much more fulfilling. The team in the ICU is truly amazing. There were sad portions of the last few days. These moments put a lot of the world into perspective for me. In addition, there were several high lights. Now it is time to sleep. Tomorrow I think I will look up the answers to the rest of the Tai Quan Do test. See you all at Sparing. 
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9/8/21

Today was a pretty slow day. I went to school it was okay for school. Then I came home and had a snack with electronics. After that I did my homework and got started with requirements. Then we had dinner... with a movie! Then I went for a run took a shower and here I am now.
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September 8th 2021

Today I missed half of the day because of a dentist appointment I had to get my bars in for my braces but other than that I have been doing everything I need to TKD wise.
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September 8th

Yesterday, we had a home tennis match, which didn't go on for too long thankfully. Tomorrow we have an away match, so we get to leave school early, but that may mean getting home late. Today, as of right now, I have tennis practice and then I am going to the dojang to teach class while also trying to get a mentor and mentee session in too. I am also going to take Black Belt Class so hopefully I get in a lot of requirements. 
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Tuesday/Wednesday

Tuesday was a good and productive day; at work, at the gym (Anytime Fitness) and King Tiger Lake Norman. Wednesday should be equally good and productive. I still enjoy the Black Belt Journey. 
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