Fall 2022 Black Belt Cycle

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!

9/30/22 (ZOOM DAY!)

Today it is a zoom school because of the hurricane Ian. I also had a black belt Friday class.
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9/30/22

Today, I had remote school. In ELA we did iXLs. In science we did a worksheet. In social studies we filled out a form about sailor in the 1400s. In my Math we did some more iXLs.
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9/30/2022

Today I got up and it was my dads birthday🎂. I had slept in until about 8:00, because I usually wake up at 6:00 for school. I ate my breakfast🍳 and started doing my list for the day I finished at about 5:00 PM and went to taekwondo. After taekwondo my dads friends came over to eat with us for his birthday. We gave him presents and went to bed.
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WARNING: THIS HURRICANE IS RATED R

We are getting closer but today I dealt with a hurricane so today was just to take it easy. I watched some movies and deep cleaned my room and watched all the trees looming over the house. 
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The big hurricane

I had no school today because of the hurricane I was scared  But tomorrow I have a soccer game My dad is bringing me to a concert tonight
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September 29

Well, today was definitely more interesting than some of the other days.  The hurricane has been predicted to affect weather here, so school has been entirely canceled for me tomorrow.  I am glad I have a day to make sure I have everything done.  After sparring class, I attempted to go home, only for my car to break down.  It seems okay for the time being, but that's another reason why I am thankful I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow morning.
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#35 End is near

We are almost there yall! Tomorrow  I will be putting the finishing touches on what is left of my physical requirements so for the next two weeks we have left I can focus on fine-tuning everything for testing. I am really pushing myself to the finish line, my body is ready for a break. When they say you earn this belt, It truly feels like it right now! I aggressively work out multiple times a week but this is definitely different due to the number of things that we had to get done in this time period. This weekend I also will be going out of town for a much-needed vacation what my wife. It has now started to get cool and turn to fall, which is my favorite time of year, I can not wait to go. 
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Friday yet?

Almost Friday.  Thankful hurricane missed my mother's house in FL.  Hoping we don't get hit hard this weekend.  
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9/29/22

Today I went to school. In ELA I worked on a skill to get candy. It was was 12th grade iXL. All the 7th grade ELA teachers were struggling with it. In science we took an exit ticket or quiz. In social studies we took a test. In math we didn’t do much. They are calling for zoom Class tomorrow due to a storm coming.
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9/29/22 (SPARRING CLASS)

Today I had a sparring class and got kicked in the thigh really hard and could barely walk for approximately a minute. After the class I got advice from Master Marcus about dealing with pain.
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Cold Day

Today it was nice and cold outside which is my favoirte weather but then I found out that school got cancelled for tommorow because of hurricane Ian. I got an %100 on a social atudies quiz today. I got my own bolo and knife and went to sparring
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Shiloh Dunn
Cold weather is the best!
Friday, 30 September 2022 21:01
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Last day !!!

i went to school and it was the last day till the weekend 🙃  because of the hurricane.

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Ton Of Fun Thursday

I woke up and got ready for school. I was happy it was the second to last day before fall break. Once I got to school we did review and some tests. During recess my teacher said that because of hurricane Ian that there would be no school Friday so that meant it was the last day before fall break. I was so happy. After school I went to King Tiger and did my stuff. Then did sparring. After sparring I went home and went  to bed.
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September 28

Today was an incredibly boring day, so I guess I am back to talking about yesterday since I haven't journaled then.  Yesterday was also as normal at school, but I was able to be at King Tiger all afternoon, which made me at least feel a little more productive.  I was able to work on my creative form some over the weekend, so I practiced some of it later in the day
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9/28/22

Today I went to school and had Maps testing in ELA. Because of the Maps testing all my other classes were shorter. I came home and had a baseball game tonight. We won. 13-12. We beat the undefeated team tonight. I came home and will do some belt requirements before heading to bed.
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Finally my ELA teacher was back

**yaaawwn** I'm bored.  Nothing is happening.  Well at least I have my books.  Today we also had a Spanish test (well not really a test because we could use our notes, more of a check in).  Ms. Posey was FIANLLY back at school!!! After weeks we finally have an ELA teacher!  I might even get a grade for ELA in powerschool. But yeah. Goodnight I am tired its after 9 I had to stay up and get some Math and Science homework done!
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FINALLY FINISHING LEARNING KEUMGONG

I went to school and class and worked on a whole bunch of stuff. I did homework an watched some TV.
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9/28/22 (GRAND-MASTER EVINS)

BEFORE THE CLASS: Today I am going to have a black belt weekday class at Grand-Master Evins school, I will finish the rest of the journal after the class is done. AFTER THE CLASS: The class was really nice, Grand-Master Evins had a really unique way of teaching us. He made us yell SUPER loud when we were breaking our fake boards.
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Today

I went to school and at school I played football with my friends its fun we won 45 -14
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Boyscout night

 

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9/27/22 (GETTING STUFF DONE EARLY)

Today we had gym in school where they introduced warm-ups and I was able to get mostly half of my requirements done so when I got home I finished them off and some.
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Hi

I had a test today in math that I think I did well on. I got my homework and requirements done and went to class. I practiced my weapons forms and got a mentor session in.
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Journal #28

Hey! I haven’t posted in awhile😬 Today was just a regular school and requirements day…rest day from run too. The weekend was fun tho! On Saturday, my entire family was home so it was super nice. I went to the kick-a-thon which was very tiring but fun (Go Team Zach!). Once I was home I showered, ate dinner with my whole family, and then opened presents. I forgot to mention I decorated before I left for the kick-a-thon… I had a bird themed party. After I opened presents, (I got a lot of socks as Joe predicted 😂), we had cake and ice cream. On Sunday Shaley and I woke up at 8am and did all of our requirements. At 11:30 we left for our 2hr outdoor laser tag…it was very fun! After laser tag my sisters went back to vet school and college, but they’ll be back in 2 weeks...
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Today

I went to school and then I'm going to my soccer practice later 
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Essays all Finished!

Hey! I haven't posted in a few days, but I'm still alive! I just finished my essay on the Kick-a-thon, so all of my essays are now finished...yaaaay. The Kick-a-thon was a really great experience, and I'm glad I got to do it with all of you! Tonight I'm teaching part of a character development lesson at my Civil Air Patrol meeting, and it is the first time that we're wearing dress blues since I got my solo flight. Now I have solo wings on my uniform! Anyway, I have some calculus to catch up on and that character development lesson to work on, as well. Hope everyone is going strong and feeling great!
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September 26

I went for a run this morning, which felt harder than usual because of my sore legs at the time.  School went by as normal, and I got pizza with my sisters on the way home.
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9/26/22

Today was a teacher work day so I didn’t have school. Today I did my requirements, had a water ballon fight with my brother and then went to baseball.
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No school but I still had work

Just doesn't seem fair.  Anyway, after work, it felt good to get a mentee session in after testing since everything was still very new.  Was also perfect weather for a jog/run today.  Hope everyone is hanging in there down the home stretch.  
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17/26/22 (TEACHER WORKDAY)

Today I had a teacher workday so I played Minecraft with my friends, ran a mile hen, went to king tiger get a Mentee, Mentor, and Leadership (that I forgot to get signed).
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NO SCHOOL TODAY!!!

Today was a teacher workday.  I got to sleep in some today because mom didn't have to be at work til 10.  We got up had breakfast and I did all my requirements before we went to King Tiger except my self defense!  Today at King Tiger we went to Ramsey Creek park (the one with the zipline) and I actually saw Martin.  Me and Ian (my friend he's almost a bocho dan) imagined we were in the Alien movie.  He didn't know all the types of xenomorphs so I had to explain them (please don't think I'm a nerd).  Then we went back to King Tiger and had class.  I got sorta board because Ian left so I just read in the homework room til it was time to go home.
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Practicing weapons

Today at school we caught up on a lot of work, but I had some free time too we played kickball in gym, and I scored twice despite my sore legs from the kickathon. I had 2 subs today, so I worked on assignments and played games. When I got home, I did homework and played video games. I went to class and practiced my weapons and got a mentee and mentor session done.
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09/26/2022

today i slept in because it was a teacher workday and then went to the library. Then I went to the park with my friend riley, and then moved to a different park with other friends. After that I went to target to get something to eat and buy pokèmon but they were all out! Then I came home and ran a mile in my neighborhood, and while I was running torwards the end, my knee starting hurting really bad. Then I ate dinner and went to bed.
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Day Off and a Concert

Today I have a teacher work day and I'm going to a concert with my friends 
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September 25

Today was a normal poomsae practice day, and my legs were sore from the previous day at the kickathon.  I spent most of the day at my grandparents' house, and a good portion of it was catching up on the sleep that I don't get during the week.
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9/25/22

Today I went to the panthers game. We beat the saints today. Afterward I came home and did my requirements before heading to bed. Tomorrow we do t have school so I can sleep late.
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9/25

Today I got home from my sleepover, and I had a great time. When I got home, I took a nap and when I woke up, I had lunch I am very sore today after Grandmaster Lee's seminar and the kickathon but it was all very much worth it. Our friends came over to watch football and I watched movies. Then I had dinner and dessert. I watched football with my dad and now I am doing this. Bye!
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Another long day

Today I woke up and had a quick breakfast.  I had to be at church this morning at 8 am with the rest of the Boyscouts to help set up for lunch after the homecoming service.  We brought everything out and then we sat down and waited.  The the bouncy race thing came.  Chaos is the best word for what happened next.  Then the service started so we had to be quiet.  After church was over everyone came out to the front lawn where all the scouts helped serve lunch.  I helped with drinks.  After most everyone ate I grabbed a cheeseburger and a hot dog.  Mom said I had to eat fast because we need to leave because Braxton had another storefront shift to sell popcorn for the cubscout pack!  He did pretty good today!! He sold a little over $400 in 2 hours and got another $135ish in donations! ...
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Today

 I had a soccer game and then had a neighborhood party
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Yesterday

I did a Kickathon  and went to dinner with my friends 
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7/25/22 (TIRING SUNDAY...)

Today I did what normally do on Sundays, I got requirements done. I started with a 2 and a half miles around my neighborhood so I did not have to do it later, then I started sit-ups (in my opinion the easiest) then started Poom-sae practice. I took a break after 35 mins of forms, then started again with Burpees, and push-ups (in my opinion the hardest), did just 4 mins of jump-rope and finished off with kicks and self-defense.
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Push ups and burpees are my least favorites too lol
Tuesday, 27 September 2022 08:27
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Kick-A-Thon

  On Saturday I woke up and had to do two soccer games and we won both. I’m normally on the tan team but I was moved up to the blue team with my friend for the first game. The second game I was on the tan team with the people I normally play with. After all of that, I took an hour break, then went to do the Kick-A-Thon to raise money for a boy named Zach whose been fighting leukemia or his entire life. We raised $6143 to help his family. I was so tired but still did it because I had 3500 kicks to do but a lot of people helped me. Then I went home and went to bed. On Sunday I woke up and went to poomsae practice and we did kicks and other things. Then went to play some soccer with my friend and we...
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9/24/22

Today I went to grandmaster Lee. Afterward I came home until my kickathon at 3. I stayed home today and completed requirement.
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Full day of tae kwon do

Today was the kick-a-thon! It was also the day of Grand Master Lee's seminar.  I woke up had breakfast and then went to Black Belt class.  Then Braxton had his class and I worked on some requirements.  We went home quick and had some lunch.  Then we went to Master Evin's school for the seminar with Grand Master Lee (Braxton did it too!).  Grand Master Lee look pretty much how I imagined he would.  When I looked at him it was like I was looking at those illusions you find on Google, he looked really young but I knew he wasn't as young as he looked because he is a Grand Master and his belt is double the age of me!).  His uniform was AWESOME, it had Korean writing all down on side of his top and one side of his pants.  It talked about why the Korean alphabet was made...
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Busy Day

Tonight we actually didn't have to be at the dojang as early as we normally do on Saturdays.  Instead of a regular Black Belt class we had a seminar with Grandmaster Lee.  This was only our second time attending one of these and I'm still not entirely certain what to expect.  His warmups and drills are as challenging as just about anything else we've done and it's amazing just how skilled he is in all aspects of the things he teaches. Afterwards, we practiced forms and self-defenses while the Samuel was in the color-belt class and then went home for a quick change out of our doboks and then into clothes for the Kickathon.  It seemed to go faster this year and it was especially meaningful knowing that Zach is on the Cycle this time around. Outside of that, it was mostly a lazy day.  Tomorrow we'll get the shopping done...
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09/24/2022

Today I slept in because I was good on my black belt weekend classes and didn't have to go. So I got up and ate breakfast, watched some TV getting ready for a big day. Then I did my requirements and ate lunch. After lunch I went to the 1-hour session with Grandmaster Lee. After that, I went to the kick a thon and did a bunch of kicks at least a 1,000 or more. Then I came home and rode my bike a bit, then I ate dinner and went to bed.
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9/24/22 (KICKS FOR CANCER TODAY!)

Today In the morning I had a black belt class and later that day we had the kicks for cancer ceremony. I did 250 kicks and 1190 extra so 1440 in total.
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TKDDaze

Full day of TKD today. Had an almost 3-hour session with Grand Master Lee over in North Charlotte. It was good to see old and new friends there. Asa was using some advanced black belt techniques on me until Grand Master Evins moved us around. Then I worked with William for the rest of the class. Both of those guys are good training partners. I got most of my physical requirements knocked out while Matthew had his session and then we headed back to Lake Norman for the kick-a-thon honoring Zach. The kick-a-thon was a great workout and heartwarming as well. I'm in a daze so I'm having a late cup of coffee. I'm grateful for a good day and tired body
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Yay Zach!

Today I had to wake up extra early because I had to go to Grandmaster Lee's seminar. It was very fun, and a great workout and Master Lee is very nice and funny. After that I went home and took a nap when I woke up, I had lunch and vacuumed our playroom. Then I played video games with my brother and then I had to go to the kickathon and me, my brother, and my mentee all worked on my kicks for me. It was a great experience for me and my family. When I got home, I took a shower and had a snack and now I am writing this because I get to go to a movie sleepover with my friends! Later!
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9/23/22

Today I had school. I have 3day weekend coming up. In ELA we did a contest to see while had the most spirit. In science today we had a test. In social studies we were finishing up for the week and any assignments we were missing. In math today we we had a sub.
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ITS FRIDAY

It’s finally Friday and I am kind of happy and sad, I’m happy because I can finally do some relaxing from school, but I’m sad because I still have lots of Tae Kwon Do requirements to do and those can be very tiring. Today I got a 100% on a science quiz and I was very happy about that and it had a good start to my day. Another good thing that happened today was that I finally got to play my flute in band class and I think I am really getting the hang of making sounds and playing. When I got home from school I couldn’t do much because I had to get ready for a Friday black belt class at Tae Kwon Do and we practiced lots of pomsaes and I was doing really good because I have been practicing. After class I went out to go run...
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Goodbye Week 12!

Another week down! And Happy Birthday to both Rob and Shiloh! The physical and written test went well last weekend. I kept tripping on my jump rope which was not great, but other than that I easily beat my pretest numbers. I'm either done or close to done on my requirements. I have 4 mentee sessions left to go. I'm stressing over those some as my mentees have not been in the do jang much lately. So that is the only thing I am scrambling on at the moment. Getting all the essays in last weekend was really a load off my back. I'm disappointed that we are missing Grandmaster Lee's class tomorrow. We already have other things scheduled and couldn't figure out how to rework it all. Next time! Calories: 1356 Water: 144 oz Macronutrients Fat: 60% Carb: 9% Protein: 31%
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Robert Beckwith
Thank you for the birthday wishes ma'am!
Saturday, 24 September 2022 07:24
Shiloh Dunn
Thank you ma'am!
Saturday, 24 September 2022 17:10
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TGIF. Happy Birthday Rob and Shiloh

First full week of new job in the books. Good black belt class today and got through all of the other requirements before 10pm. Been a busy week professionally and personally.  Ready for some time off and some football this weekend. 
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Robert Beckwith
I made it into a title! Thank you, sir. Much appreciated
Saturday, 24 September 2022 07:25
Shiloh Dunn
Thank you sir!
Saturday, 24 September 2022 17:11
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FRIDAY!!

Today was normal.  Woke up did my requirements (mostly all before school, just had to finish up self defense tonight when I got home).  I had a Spanish test today.  When I got to King Tiger this afternoon I had to eat a snack quick then head out to Black Belt class.  But that's all, wish I had more to write.  9:33 **YAWWNN**
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9/23/22 (FRIDAY FINALLY FOUND) (that was an alliteration)

Today I had two tests in school, science and ELA. For science I got a 96% and for ELA I got a 94%. After that I got picked up a went to King Tiger and got a Black Belt class done.
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YAY IT BE GOOD DAY

Today was such a good day, I got a 100% on my Science Test and got popsicles and lollipops from my teachers when we went out. After school I went to BB class and worked on weapons.
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Friday Fun

I woke up and went to school. At school we did some tests. After school we went to Jasons Deli because my dad was starving. After that we went to King Tiger and I did some catch up and black belt class. Then I went home to run a mile and finish up my requirements. I also played we my dog and cat. Then I went to bed.
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#34 End of the week

It is Friday! It feels like it has been such a long week, I trained really hard this week. On Wednesday I started back with CrossFit and man I am out of CrossFit shape. My endurance is great but I lost some of my weight-lifting strength where I was, so I am going to be working on getting back I am proud of myself though on Thursday we had a workout with twenty minutes of double under jump rope and I was able to make it through it. On Thursday afternoon I was able to teach an entire class of yellow belts to white belts. It was at least fifteen senior tigers. I usually have four or five that I help with, but this by far was the most I lead at once, luckily I had the assistance of two other black belts. What made it all worth it was when...
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Friday!!!

I had a math test.its Friday its a 3  day weekend 
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9/22/22

Today I went to school. In ELA we did analogies. In science we reviewed for our test tomorrow. In social studies we had a sub and completed work on the renaissance. In math we talked more about graphs. As we were heading to king tiger tonight there was a lizard that stayed on the hood of my moms car the whole way from the house.
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Almost Friday

Ready for a weekend.  Only 3 weeks until testing.  Hard to believe
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Achy Knees

My knees hurt.  I'm glad tomorrow's Friday because after sparring class tonight, my knees have had enough for a while.  It's enough moving around as is with warmups and kicks and then sparring but then throwing in facing off against the kids and I need a break.  I'll probably be fine in the morning, though. Only a few weeks to go and I know what I need to work on to be properly ready for testing.  It's hard to believe we're as close as we are.  I'm both eager and anxious.  At least I've been down this road before.  Last year I had no idea what to expect.
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Picture Day

Today was picture day, nothing else other than sparring happened that was interesting.  I got destroyed again. I came home had dinner and had to finish homework.  I have a Spanish test tomorrow so mom helped me study a little! Hope I do well on my test tomorrow! Mom will probably quiz me on a few things tomorrow on the way to school.  **yaawwn** good night!
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Scrimmage Day

I woke up and got ready for school. At school we had PE and we played handball. We also did some tests and I think I did well. After school we went to King Tiger and did my requirements. Then I went to soccer with my friends and we were on different teams. We did scrimmages and my team won. After that we went home and celebrated my dad's birthday and it was super fun. Then I went to bed with my cat.
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9/22/22 (A LONG DAY)

Today when I came back from school I was EXHAUSTED, and on top of that I has sparring class. I feel like sparring class has a distinguishable smell of blood, and sweat. I was only able to do one mile today I got 2 minutes of pull-ups and 30 minutes of poomsae, kicks and self-defense combined

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Journal #27

Hello! Today was just a school and sparring day. I woke up at 6:00am and did a 2.25 mile run, did kicks, poomsaes, and self-defense, then started school. Geometry was just proofs again today, I’m really tired of them lol. Anyway, after school I finished requirements and went to two normal TKD classes and sparring class. My oldest sister is coming home tonight and my other older sister is coming home tomorrow! It’ll be nice having everyone home for the weekend😁 Tomorrow I’m going to try to finish school really fast since it’s my birthday; it’s also Rob’s birthday tomorrow so there’s going to be a noodle beat down😏🤣Well, that’s all for now, see everyone tomorrow! 
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Ryan Mencaroni

I went to school and went to family fun night and then went to sparing
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Early Release

Today was a pep-rally and early release day!! We had shorter blocks and no electives, we also had grab and go lunch (more like crap).  The pep rally was LOUD...understatement.  I couldn't even hear myself shout.  They called up all the teams (football, dance, cheer, etc.) and they did something for the audience.  The football team did 10 pushups *scoff* I do more than that on a daily basis.  When the cheer team went back one of them hit the gritty!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAASSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then I went to King Tiger did my homework, had class, did a mentor session and then did some pull ups and rolls and falls!
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Sleepy

Busy day.  Been sleepy all day.  Glad we hit earlier class and came home to do our daily requirements a bit earlier.  Thankful for Crumbl cookies.  Is it Friday yet?  
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Robert Beckwith
Tell me more of these crumbl cookies ye speak of
Wednesday, 21 September 2022 22:21
Joe Clowers
The cookies no longer exist.
Thursday, 22 September 2022 22:43
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just checking in

just checking in and reading everyone's journal entries. Hope everyone is still pushing hard after the physical test. I'm looking forward to this weekend and training with Grand Master Lee. And of course, the kick-a-thon will be fun. Luckily everyone is already doing 500 kicks a day so another 500 on top shouldn't be too bad. I'm grateful the body has been feeling strong lately. 
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9/21/22 (MAP WAS NOT THAT BAD)

Today I had a M.A.P. test for math and an early release day. When I got home I played some video-game songs on piano, and then went the King Tiger as soon as I could to finish of my requirements, get leadership, get a Mentee session, and practice my Poomsaes.
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9/21/22

I want to go to bed. Welllll that actually isn't true, I don't want to go to bed this second but I am tired. Plus, I have to write this post first.  Anyway, Josh went on his class trip to West Virgina and won't be back until Friday. WAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! I want him back now! I don't want to be a single kid. But I hope he is having a good time. I had two quizes in school today. One in science and one in spanish, they were good. I went to the 6:45 class and go a leadership credit. But yeah. Now I am going to take a shower and then, I don't know what else.
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B O R I N G

Today was a pretty boring day we did some group centers in math and played ultimate frisbee but otherwise nothing else really happened.
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Robert Beckwith
"frisbee" and "boring" do not belong in the same conversation
Wednesday, 21 September 2022 22:23
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Work Day

I started by waking up and went to school. At school we did some tests and I think I did well. After school I went to King Tiger and sense I didn't have time to do much up Tuesday’s work so I did  most all of it today. I did some with Shawn, Gage and Anthony. After that I went home and finished it all up. The I went to bed.
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9/20/22

Today in ELA we had our book celebration if you did your summer reading. I didn’t do my summer reading so I sat in a class room working on stuff. In social studies we talked about the renaissance and the Sistine Chapel. I told my teacher I saw the Sistine Chapel this summer. In math we were told we would go to the mods to take our math MAPS testing. Tomorrow is an early release day
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Lots of Commuting Time

Drove to uptown today for work and left a little too late so was stuck in traffic a lot.  Also, not fun when the A/C is broken in the car.  Was nice to get some free time to walk around a bit and run into quite a few people I know.  Glad the daily physical requirements went down so my shoulders can recover a bit.  Need to find time to get a few runs in this week.
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sooo tired!!!!

Today was the 2nd day of MAP testing (math).  I did pretty well despite the problems (that I mostly guessed) that looked like 22 * a=12 / 16 /x=5 (3a=4multipleof 186/85)=456x3x = ??  It literally gave me a migraine afterwards.  We did all of our blocks like normal.  Today at Scouts we learned more about first aid and everyone was talking but he mentioned whoever got top 3 in the demonstration would get soda and candy, so they all shut up.   He also said to go to the playground in an orderly fashion, as if, I jumped the fence to avoid getting trampled.  Then it got better from there.  It is 9:47...I'm tired!
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9/20/22 (THE PAIN STARTS TOMORROW)

Today the gym was being used for picture day so I couldn't get in a mile during school. Nothing notable really happened at school except that we have M.A.P. testing tomorrow. When I got back home, I thought to myself since I was not going to a class that day I could fully devote my time to getting requirements done. So I got 1 mile one with my dog, then I practiced; Chil, Pal, and Koryo poomsaes.
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Another Soccer Day

I woke up and got ready for school. At school we did review and other things. I left late because of a gas leak so it took my mom longer so I went to after school. Once I left we went to soccer and I got a lot of goals. Then I went home to do my requirements then went to bed.
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9/20/2022

Today I got up and ran a mile . I got ready for school after that and ate breakfast. Then I went to school and had a quiz. They didn't get it graded yet so I couldn't know how much I got.  I went straight to taekwondo after school because, there was a gas leak close to my house and it smelled really bad. When  went to taekwondo Master Chelley gave me a uniform to wear and a thick black belt to wear so I could do class. I got a leadership one done so I'm now one away from finishing them. Then I came home and ate dinner . After I went to the hotel with my mom next to my school because I had a trip the next day to the barrier Islands and it still smelled a bit in my house.
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Getting Closer!

Today I had ELA first and we worked on a big assignment that's due on Friday, in math we got our test scores back and I got a 100% on it! We also did an assignment and I got another 100%, during P.E. we played a game and we had to knock down the other teams bowling pin and I scored a point for my team, in intro to news I had to work on a big newscast project and I got a lot of stuff done, in lunch I played a survival game with my friends, during science we did a walk around the room activity and then in social studies we did an assignment for our schools counselor. When I got home, I had a snack, read some comic books, finished my homework, and worked on my requirements. I went to class and got my last leadership 2 along...
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September 19

Today I went to school as normal.  Mondays are tiring, especially when I may have stayed up extra late last night to study for the upcoming calc test I mentioned in yesterday's post.  The only major difference was that I went to get some chicken wings with some people from my school.  This is significant because I spent a long time not knowing anyone, especially since I came to the early college after covid when it was hard to meet people.  Also, the chicken wings were pretty good.  My personal favorite is lemon pepper wings.
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9/19/22

Today I went to school in ela we read books. In math we got assigned more stuff. I had baseball practice tonight.
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Martin Lecoindre
Cooper what grade are you in?
Tuesday, 20 September 2022 06:30
Cooper Starman
7th grade
Tuesday, 20 September 2022 22:42
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sleep, here I come

Back to work today and trying to fit requirements in during the workday. How awesome would it be to have the full day to devote to improving my TKD? I'm already thinking about taking a sabbatical for next year's cycle :D Went to class tonight and got a mentor session in and practiced some self-defense with Joe. I've been doing shadow moves for a few weeks, so it was good to have a partner. Master Marcus worked with us so that was good. Shared some much-needed laughs with Master Chelley before heading home. 
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9/29/22 (OPTIMUM TIME USAGE)

Today we had gym class, what I think is really nice about it is that you have 30 minutes to walk/run and the option to either walk and talk with your friends or run to stay fit. I usually do both and run for approximately 20 minutes which should definitely be more than a mile. Shortly after arriving home, I head to King Tiger to get a mentor session and standard class, after that, to finish the day I ran a mile with my dog.
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MAP testing

Today was the start of MAP testing.  We started with ELA which was easy.  I don't know what is next.  You ever wonder why they call it that?  It's very weird.  Anyways its 8:41 and I'm tired.....good night guys.
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Hey guys!

Today I woke up because it was a Monday and I quickly took a shower and got ready for school, my mom washed and cut up a whole ton of fruit and it was so good! In social studies we did a group assignment on Hispanic Heritage month, in ELA we did an edpuzzle and I got a A on it, in PE we had free day and I played basketball, in Intro to News I started on a big project due at the end of the quarter, in Math we went over a worksheet and played a blooket and I won, in science we did a fun lab with skittles. When I got home, I did my homework and did my requirements. I went to class and got both leaderships and a mentee session. I saw people commenting on my posts thank you!!!! BYE GOUYS!
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September 18

Today I went to my first poomsae competition training for this fall since I wasn't able to make it to the first one last Sunday.  The rest of the day was spent doing cycle requirements and seeing what I needed to make up, along with studying for the calc exam.  This is the first real test I have for this class, so I am not sure what to expect.  
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Shaley Dunn
Good luck on you calc test!
Monday, 19 September 2022 08:08
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New is old

I did something yesterday I haven't done in years-join a gym.  Not just me, but Mark and two of the kids, too.  (Joshua didn't want to).  One of the big reasons was so that Rachael could have access to her beloved Zumba classes again.  I took her to class today, then we did weights, then hit the hot tub.  Between the post test yesterday and today, imy already sore and I haven't even been to sleep tonight!  We came home and made tacos.  We started making tortillas from scratch years ago, and the store bought ones don't even hold a candle to them.  So taco night is a big production, because of making tortillas.  Oh- and the croissants.  I made those for the first time tonight because Joshua wanted them.  Those are deadly too, and I may have to hide the rest from myself or my family, I haven't decided which...
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#33 Recovery Day

Today I am sore! The post-test yesterday was great, I was able to see much of an improvement. I was able to shave about a minute and twenty seconds off my mile time and improve in all areas except pull-ups. I know I gave it my best so I was not too hard on myself, plus I only missed one question on the written test. I was dreaming about the answers the night before so I was happy with that. Today, Sunday, I did nothing. I knocked out my requirements, watched the church, and really just recovered. I watched football of course but once I got tired of that I bust out my Xbox and played Madden online for a few hours. I look forward to the start of the week, I have to knock out my leadership credits in the coming weeks. and that is the only really outstanding thing...
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Shiloh Dunn
Wow! Awesome job on the run!
Monday, 19 September 2022 08:13
Robert Beckwith
I was sore yesterday as well. I was surprised because we didn't do any more than we have been doing. Anyway, thanks for partnerin... Read More
Monday, 19 September 2022 22:13
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Nice Sunday

Felt good to have the physical and written tests done and essays turned in.  Had a pretty busy day with a lot of yard work and a few trips to Lowes.  Got to watch a little football. Not really trusting Matt Rhule's process right now. 
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Busy but fun day!

Today when I woke up I started reading.  Today I went to the youth group Sunday school class for the first time.  There was only 2 other girls there today but we got donuts so that was good.  After church we went to Harris Teeter with my mom and brother to help my brother sell popcorn for his cubscout pack, Pack 10.  I'm in Troop 10 now.  They did pretty good they got lots of donations and sold about 540 dollars worth of popcorn in 2 hours!  After that we came home and I did my requirements.  Right after I finished that it was back to church for youth group.  Youth group was pretty fun we help serve food at the His Ministry (its a group for those with special needs) party out on the front lawn.  We hung out and played kickball.  It was a fun night.
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pop pop

Loved reading all of the positive comments from the test yesterday. Congratulations to everyone! My endorphins were popping yesterday. I was in such a great mood all day long after testing. I'm looking forward to Saturday and the kick-a-thon and the seminar with Grand Master Lee. 
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Martin Lecoindre
what are Endorfins?
Tuesday, 20 September 2022 06:36
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Successes and burns

So, yesterday I had three tests! The Taekwondo physical test, the Taekwondo written test, and then a written lifeguard test afterward! I ran my fastest mile ever for the physical test: 6:12! Everything else I improved on except for the jump rope because my rope thought it was really funny to trip me like 4 times. I received a 102 on the written test before joining in on Black Belt class where I got in some good kicking practice. After coming home for a little bit, I went to lifeguard training, but, unfortunately, the pool heater was still broken. In other words, the water was freezing. After a few minutes into the pool session, my swim coach said that maybe we could just take the written test and do the rest of the pool session the next day when we would be using an outdoor pool. I passed the lifeguard test...
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Robert Beckwith
Congratulations on passing the lifeguard test and for saving poor Timmy! I also kept tripping up on the jump rope. Several other ... Read More
Sunday, 18 September 2022 21:22
Shaley Dunn
Thank you, sir! Haha yes, the jump rope was kind of a pain lol
Monday, 19 September 2022 08:11
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9/18/22

Today is my birthday. We went to the melting pot for dinner. For my birthday present I got the Lego Ecto 1 from ghostbusters. I also ordered a gel blaster with the money from my granddad and my Grammie.
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Shaley Dunn
Happy birthday!
Sunday, 18 September 2022 20:49
Robert Beckwith
Happy Birthday Cooper
Sunday, 18 September 2022 21:23
Anthony Wilmoth
Happy Birthday
Sunday, 18 September 2022 21:29
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A Busy Day

I woke up and went to poomsae competition practice. We did a lot of stretches and stances. Then I went home and  played games with my friend and it was super fun. Then I had to do my history project and I got the main part done. Then I went to my room and played with Greyson and played my iPad and Greyson was all over the place. Then I went to bed. It was a very quick but fun day.
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9/18/2022

I got up and came downstairs to watch TV. Then I headed straight to do my Taekwondo requirements so I was done for the day. Then I went to Carowinds and rode two new rides, the Vortex, and the Copperhead Strike. I came back and ate at Moe's and got the best cheese quesadilla I have ever ate. Then I came back an dread a bit of my action bible, ate dinner, and went to bed.
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Journal #26

Heyyyy! Today I got to sleep in till 7:30! Once I got up I ran 2.25 miles, did poomsaes, self-defense, and kicks. I spent the day feeding my snails, doing my science project background paper, studying vocabulary, and requirements. I feel like I’m losing my mind cause I’ve been wanting to work on my fiction story and watch TV all day but I was busy…now I can’t even remember what I was doing ALL day that prevented me from writing and watching TV. If that makes sense🤣😅 I mean, I knew my background paper took a few hours, but it didn’t take all day! Anywayyy, at the moment (besides typing this), I’m working on my story. I have all my character designs but I still don’t know what the main plot will be. The characters go on a journey to defeat the villain, but that plot seems overused and I still...
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Robert Beckwith
You can't go wrong with the Hero's Journey - it's a classic narrative. And don't worry about the details because the characters al... Read More
Sunday, 18 September 2022 21:29
Shiloh Dunn
Haha yes, the hero's journey...I attempted at writing the first line last night, didn't work too well lol. Yay! Now we can beat e... Read More
Monday, 19 September 2022 08:17
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WASSUP GUYS

So, I accidently forgot to journal because I was really tired after the test but here, I am now I had to wake up at 5 to go for the run and I beat it! I beat everything else and got 97 out of 100 on the written test and I was so happy! After the test I went home and we watched our dad open his gifts because it is his birthday, then I took a nice long nap.......   
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Shiloh Dunn
Awesome job Asa!
Sunday, 18 September 2022 20:05
Martin Lecoindre
happy birthday to your dad Asa!!!
Sunday, 18 September 2022 20:15
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9/18/22 (BLACK BELTS DON'T GET BREAKS)

Today is Sunday, which means there are no classes but that does not mean the hard work stops. Yesterday when I got home, I practiced approximately half of my Poom-sae' s and today I finished it off. I ran a mile today and when I got home I thought "oh I'll just just do my second one later" PS: don't procrastinate. When I remember to do my second mile it was already nightime, but I have a solution for this, I took my mom's apple-watch and ran back and forth throughout the house.
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September 17

Today was the physical and written test, and I am pretty satisfied with my results that I got.  It is always good seeing the improvement that came as a result of the hard work I did over the past 2 months.  Afterwards, I went home and had a rather chill day and watched the new Thor movie.  Tomorrow won't be too bad as long as I can make myself some time to study calc for a test coming Wednesday.
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