Fall 2021 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!

7-23

Caylem 7-23 Today I woke up and did a 1.5 mile walk and then did 45 sit-ups and push-ups with my mom. I then went to my dads house and we watched Space Jam. Today was a pretty calm day.
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7-23-21

i am squeezing this journal in with 1 minute till midnight. It's only 11 o'clock here. Had a great beach nt wait to heD home tomorrow!
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Day 19 - Muscle Memory

Another workday and another long night keeping up with the cycle.  Went through almost all the forms multiple times and walked through Koryo a bunch of times.  I think I'm starting to get the basics of it down.  Hopefully I can retain the memory through tomorrow so I can keep making progress.  It doesn't seem nearly as long or as complicated as it looked the first time.  I remember thinking that there was no way I would be able to learn Koryo in time for testing. Had an interesting experience when working through my sparring/shadowboxing.  I guess I've been practicing my forms and self-defenses so much that when I went to do a hop-step front kick with my left leg, I automatically did an outside block/punch combo.  I would have stopped to laugh if the table lamp hadn't been so aggressive.  I had to defend myself for the rest of the...
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Friday July 23

I never thought I'd be glad for client no shows and cancellations, but once again I was able to get a lot of things done because a couple of clients didn't show up.  I may actually get to bed before midnight tonight because of it! That's a good thing, as I'm not a morning person and 8:15 class will start before you know it.  I've recently changed weights on the lat pull from 120 pounds as many reps as I can, then trying to do 130 as many as I can to 130 first then 140.  My 140 pound reps went from one to three! Not sure if I'll get to being able to manage one pull up with just body weight, bit I'm going to keep going until I can't go no more!
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Williams blog "the 5 rings"

so I woke up this morning and did my work out then played online red and did more stopmoshion and then I hit dinner and are watching the olympics.
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Maniac Blog

Today I got up and had an early morning meeting, then we went for a walk as a family. Came home and we did our exercises. I then spent a few more hours doing work. I went to the Black Belt class, and was reminded that I didn't remember how to do E Chong or Il Chong, Master Chelley was gracious as usual in re-teaching them. We are currently watching the opening for the olympics. 
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7/23/21

Oh my. I am exhausted we went fishing and played in the pool. I ran half a mile and did my self defense and poomsaes. I am going to do the rest of my requirements later. Bye bye.

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July 23rd

It’s been a hectic few days with packing and traveling. We made it late last night so I didn’t get a chance to journal, but I am back now. The beach has been warm which is nice, and I am glad I got an extra mentor session in before I left because I won’t have a chance to get one in this upcoming week. I won’t be doing too many requirements, but I didn’t count these days so hopefully I don’t fall too behind! Thats all for now!
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July 23rd

I woke up at 6:45 and had a football training session with my brother Devin. I had to do a lot of drills, hills and ladders. Also today I am mute for 12 hours. Im 1 hour and 10 minutes in and i'm going insane. To all the people who have any disabilities you are strong. My day has been going good for now you know doing requirements, helping my parents and going mute. My requirements for today are pushups, sit-ups, burpees, meditation, forms and self-defense. 
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July 22

Not really much today other than what is now an interesting routine: go to work, look for spare moments to "break out in burpees", go back to work, kicks between client sessions, push ups and sit ups at lunch, etc.  I'm still confused as to how I'm never done any earlier than 11 pm other than the mom factor.  It would be easier if I didn't have to stop my workouts to make food for people.  Or even have to eat myself.  It takes a lot of time to prepare food and eat it!  And usually take out isn't an option because of all the food allergies I have, so cooking is a necessary time sink.  
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Day 18 - Benjamin Franklin

Today was a good day.  I managed to get a little bit of my workout in during the day and, making Benjamin Franklin proud, I finished everything I had planned to do prior to 11PM.  I'm certain that ol' Ben would say that's far too late to be staying awake but given that I'm usually lucky to be done anywhere near 11:30, I'm going to call this a big ol' win. I received back the first of my two recommendation letters today.  I also am feeling fairly comfortable with Staff Form #1.  I've been trying to focus some extra effort on practicing it so I can lock it in rather than losing it and having to re-learn it.  I'm glad Master Cavazos made the effort to teach it to the Bo Cho Dans earlier rather than later, even as "simple" as it seems to be.  It's still one more thing to learn...
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Hansika Balanarayanan - Hansika Balanarayanan

Today I did 10 minutes of jump roping. I went to class for a mentor session, but there was testing for the senior belts so we cancelled it. I hope to see some of the high red belts that tested today in our classes in the future. 
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Stress

Life is hard. I am a man of plan and schedule and like all of my life to be as such. That is why it stresses me out when I have too many things going on in my life. If I have too many things I can't fit them all into my schedule and I have to remind myself of my goals. Today I was asked to join marching band for my school something I aspire to do but will need to figure out if I can still do it. it will take up many weekends and so simply may not be able to do it with black belt cycle. also...School. I must get into college and to do that requires good grades and a whole ton of other stuff all of which I find incredibly overwhelming. luckily I am a planner so given some time this should be sorted out.
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Maniac Blog

Today we woke up and did our exercises. Then I headed to work for a meeting. After that went to the grocery store. Headed home, then back to the store for missed items. Then we had a salad with grilled chicken, it was pretty good, if I do say so myself. Then watched Black Widow as a family. 
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Williams blog "the motion stoped"

so I woke up and went donstares and did my work out but I did it thruout the day and I did a stop motion animation ya.iv done many in my time but then we watched a movie and here we are now about to go to bed.
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COVID-19 is Back

Just found out that 19 people at the Hartles' dojung got COVID-19 and 3 of them were Instructors or Masters.  So, I think that we might be going back to zoom classes for a week or two.  Today was great other than that obviously!  I ran 2.5 miles which I am very proud of and so I am getting ahead on my running so that maybe I can take a day off soon to rest my body!  I did all my other requirements plus falls and rolls!  I got a Mentee session in and Leadership 1 and 2 class.  I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings but for now I need to got to bed!  I have an early day tomorrow and it is almost 10 P.M. already!  Got to go, hope everyone is doing well and no one got COVID-19!   7/22/2021
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7-22

Today I still did not do much but Idid manage to do 10 burpees and 10 situps for my requirments, I played some video games with my friends and went to get my shoe measured. Today was a pretty calm day.          
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testing night

We had are adults and teens test tonight. Phenomenal job. I love it when students really take the time and energy to make sure they look good for testing. Especially when I always teach that class. There's a certain amount of pride and apprehension when I see them test. Did I teach correctly? Did I spend enough time on certain things. I am always the worst critique when it comes to myself. Old saying, Half way right is half way wrong. Never be half way.   Foster out
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My day

Today my day was really great.  I did all my requirements.  Today we went to this park and I ran and walked which was like my run.  My brother helped with self defense.  I did my push ups, sit ups and squat thrusts early.  After I write this I will take a shower and do pull ups.
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7/22/21

Today we went to range pond a great place to swim. I did 60 push-ups sit-ups and burpees. I ran 5 laps. Translating to half a mile. I did all my poomsaes and self defense. I did my kicks and found out that a fellow black belt is in maine.
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JULY 22nd

My day has been going pretty well. I woke up at 10:00 and heard thumping. Little did I know the thumping was people at are house repairing somethings. Then, I went down stairs for some lunch and got a sandwich. Now I am writing a essay for my cycle. 
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Day 17 - And my axe

Today I learned and/or was reminded to bring all my weapons to class.  I can't remember if I had been told previously that we needed to learn sticks and staves for Il Dan but now I know for certain.  Had a pretty fun time in class learning the first staff form, especially once Instructor Jeeya explained that I needed to tuck the staff behind my shoulder at the start. Another very productive mentoring session with Master Cavazos.  I'm fairly certain that he didn't get to cover as much as he would have liked but I feel like we learned a lot.  More and more of Koryo is feeling familiar at this point and he helped me understand what I was doing wrong with the palm block movements.  It seems like we're having to play catch-up from not having learned to fall and roll previously - mostly because doing that in the...
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7-21-21

Today it was another day of vacation and another missed journal yesterday. It is hard to journal cause I am so busy and the night just slips away. But I am getting most of my requirements done. It is fun going beach to pool. I can't really think of anything else to say so till tomorrow hopefully good bye
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July 21

Lots of new information tonight in class and in mentoring.  I had to borrow a staff for class tonight because I didn't think to pack mine.  It feels very weird working with equipment that's not mine.  Also, learning front rolls is strange.  Where I tend to have motion issues ever since I had an inner ear infection a few years ago I was a bit worried about rolling because vertigo is no fun.  So far so good, no vertigo, hopefully it stays that way!
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Hansika Balanarayanan - July 21, 2021

Today I did some schoolwork. (There making me and some other kids do a onboarding course because I'm skipping a grade in math. I never asked for this, but I guess I have to do it.) I went to class at 5 45 to help out. It was my first time helping out a color belt class. I lead warm-ups and helped a kid on his Oh Chang, 4 Counts, and Hook kicks. There was testing going on for the junior tigers. Some of the kids didn't get their belts because they didn't know their stuff which made me even more nervous about my test. Later I had Black Belt class at 7:05. We learned stick form #1 and went over our poomsaes. Then I had a mentor session with Master Weeks and practiced Koryo. Then I came home at 9 and ate dinner. . . . .
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A Short Day

I woke up today ready to hit the gym, and when I got there, I was quite annoyed. It was chest and back day today, but I couldn't superset a single workout. So, I had to do all of my back workouts in a row and then all of my chest workouts in a row, because for the first thirty minutes all of the benches were taken. Nevertheless, it was still a somewhat successful workout and I got my usual order from Smoothie King on the way home, so my day afterwards was great!
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7-21

My calves are feeling the jump roping! Luckily I was able to get a lot of requirements in early today so I only had self -defenses and some poomsae to do tonight. And a couple more rounds of jumprope. Helped out in classes tonight. Got to work with a boy that used to be in our after-school and whose mom has just started taking class. Always been a fan of his and really enjoyed working with him on hook kicks and his Sam Chang. 
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Hump Day

Well, I guess the week is half way done. Hence the hump day. Great day of classes. It's great that we now have a high belt class. Two years into the new dojang, and we have senior belts who we are training to mentor younger belts. Trent has left today for another over night camp. Last week he did a lacrosse camp in Pennsylvania for almost a week and it was great. This week he is off to a Christian camp over in Gastonia. I never sleep well when my boys are away. But since Connor is 17, I guess I might have to get used to the fact that he might be moving out some day. Cross that bridge later.   Foster out
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Maniac blog

As you have already heard, from Charlie and William, today was spent in the car. I will say, the older everyone gets, the easier the long ride gets. I remember when Anna was a toddler and without fail, 1-2 hours into each road trip, without fail, she would vomit all over the car seat, and herself. Lots of good memories of cleaning her up on the side of a busy road. Nowadays, the kids don't crack until about 8-10 hours, by then we are all getting stir crazy. It is nice to be home. Hopefully see all of you soon. 
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Williams blog "the road is long"

today I woke up and pack and by around 6 and was trapped in a car for 14 hours and only stopping 3 times and I arrived home and here we are now.
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7/21

Today was a pretty good day, My mouth did not hurt as much as yesterday and my nose felt better too. I tried to do some pushups but only did 10.
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Journy of the East Coast.

Oh, my, goodness...longest 14 hours of my life. Not really, that award goes to my last black belt test. :) all serious though, nothing was accomplished today save for my location shifting from Maine, to North Carolina which was a long car ride with only three stops. Still I'm glad it is over and tomorrow I can resume my normal Butt Kicking training. yay!
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My First Mentee Session and Leaderships 1 and 2 Class!

Hey, today started off great, I woke up went running, ate, and went to gymnastics.  When I got home, I ate lunch, and got right on my requirements.  I went to a 6:00 PM class at the Hartles' dojung to get Leadership 1 and 2 in, on top of that, I got also got a mentee session in with a boy named Ryan.  He is a High Blue Belt in Tae Kwon Do and he is very nice!  I worked with him for like 20 minutes and got that done!  So, overall today was pretty great.  Hope everyone was as productive as I was today!   7/21/2021
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Wednesday, July 21st

Today I did all of my requirements.  I did my run, some school work, and got in my pool.   My brother and I did some water self defense.  That was fun.  I did some jump roping, and after I write this, I will do my pull ups.
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Beach day

I never told you this but I am in Freeport Maine and today we went to the beach and I ran half a mile there.
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7/21/21

I woke up at 7:00 o’clock today and had some breakfast. I ran half a mile  in my grandparents HUGE backyard. I did 60 push-ups sit-ups and burpees. 10 pull-ups and my poomsaes self defenses and kicks. That’s all have a great rest of the day.

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Day 16 - Baby Steps

Today was my first time helping out with class.  Instructor Jeeya let me lead the warmup and I also had the opportunity to help a white-with-black belt work on White Belt Self Defense and Quan Sool in Korean.  Performing as a mirror image for someone was even harder than I thought it'd be.  I may have to start practicing that a bit if I can find some free time.  I hope I helped him with his form and self defense - he looked like he had things down a bit more than when we started.  All I know is that I was terrified that I was going to do something wrong at some point but the only advice I've received so far was to be louder during the warmups. After helping with class, it was time for FMA Fit and another exhausting Tuesday night workout.  Gabe was mentoring someone afterwards (my mentee...
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Hansika Balanarayanan - July 20, 2021

Today I did my requirements and didn't do anything else....
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July 20

I am so used to being in classes and am so new at assisting in classes that I completely forgot one very important detail.  It's really important that when you are helping someone in class that you need to be their mirror image.  I couldn't understand for the life of me why I was being instructed to stand in front of the person I was helping, and ended up standing beside them while going over forms to try and help them.  It didn't seem to make sense why I should stand in front of them at all.  The light bulb in the dark attic finally clicked after Mark and I were talking at home and he commented on how different it was being a mirror image to the person he was helping.  I guess I need more practice with helping with class so I can be aware of these "little" things...
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July 20th

Pretty standard day with summer camp and the pool. It was kinda cloudy outside, but it was still a fun day at the pool. Later, I went to get some bundt cakes for my sister and I and I also had to do some packing for our trip. I went back to the dojang and then helped and taught class, ending with the fitness class and a mentor session. I am still having trouble grasping some 3rd self defense, but I just have to keep practicing. I hope you all had a great day!
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Caylem - 7/20

Today I got my wisdom teeth removed.  My mouth was numb for the rest of the day and my nose was a little stuffy. Today was a weird day.
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July 20th 2021

Today I went to work and enjoyed a day with the bigger kids at the TKD Lake Norman Do Jang. We watched movies and did crafts as well as enjoy lunch by watching some of that good good Johnny Test. Other then hat when I got home I did my requirements and went out to eat with my family. Thats It for today and I'll see y'all tomorrow!
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July 20th 2021

yesterday and today I woke up at 7:00 to do my new tutoring for school We started at 8 then went 11:00 on both days after that I did my requirements and read my book. 
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July 20, 2021

Today my mom made me a schedule to help me get my requirements done sooner.  I tend to procrastinate.  I finished all of them earlier than I usually do.  I had trouble with jump rope because I did it last and I was super tired.  I ran my usual 1.6 mile route today, and later I will do my pull ups.  I also appreciate my brother helping me with self defense.  This cycle is hard but it pays off.
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williams blog "troles"

I woke up bit breakfast and did my work out relaxed and are about to see trolls and here we are now 
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Journal No.7

Today and the past few days have been nice. I have been staying in Maine at my grandparents house since Friday. I found a book that I have officially delved into, something I haven't done in years. I've been doing the black belt requirements in the basement which is small but manageable. Today I am off to find Trolls in the woods, don't judge me. If I don't journal again, the trolls got me...
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Maniac Blog #7

Yesterday was a lot of fun. My uncle and aunt from Massachussettes came to visit my parents in Yarmouth. My sisters and husbands also came over for dinner. My middle sister brought a bunch of pictures of all of us when we were younger, sparked a lot of great memories. Later in the evening the adults got some time to talk without the kids and it was nice to hear a little more about family history. Today we are headed to the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor. Apparently there are several 20 foot high trolls, should be fun. 
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7-19

Today I went to the gym and walked 2 miles on the treadmil and did 30 pushups and situps and did 15 burpees at the gym. I drove home and did the same amount of pushups,situps and burpees. I then went to tae kwon do and did some self defenses and poomsases that I could cross off on my black belt requirments. Today was a pretty work-ethic day.
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Working and testing

Having a full time job, being a parent,  and trying to prepare for testing certainly makes one reconsider free time.  Even small increments of free time become opportunities to do a form, work in some kicks, look for an act of kindness to perform, etc.  Unfortunately this also means things like eating lunch in 10 or 15 minutes so I can jump on the treadmill for the rest of my lunch time, work in a few requirements while waiting for my next client to come in, etc.  I am starting to feel like I don't have any free time left on most days of the week 
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7-19

Busy day at camp today, usually park day on Monday but all of the rain changed our schedule. Master Chelley asked me to pull together some extra crafts for the kiddos and I am very pleased to say they were a success. We made umbrellas and then used those to create mixed media pictures. There were some really creative and well done ones. Sticks are the theme this week for camp and the kiddos had great classes today. They love weapons weeks!😁 I finished my requirements before and after classabs then a few more when I got home. Some work in Staff Form 2 tonight and First Dan Specials, I need more practice in both. But they are coming along. Have a good Tuesday everyone,  hopefully the sun comes out! 
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Day 15 - Shhhhh

Today I did my empathy challenge.  I haven't written the paper yet but trying to remain quiet for 12 hours was quite difficult.  I knew I talked to myself a lot but I had no idea how much so until I wasn't even allowed to do that.   I'm still sore from the pre-test weekend so I didn't go all out on all exercises like I had been.  I'm still keeping up a good pace and making progress toward catching up on sparring rounds.  I don't know how I'm going to keep up this pace for another eight weeks but as I can only take it one day at a time, the best I can try to do is bank a bit extra here and there towards low-effort days. Another good class tonight at North Charlotte, working on learning Koryo and re-learning all my missing block preps in my other forms.  Progress is...
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.......

Today I did nothing. I did my requirements and just sat around.. doing nothing. (Well technically I was was breathing, blinking, seeing, you know...living)
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7-19-21

Today was the first day of vacation. The reason I didn't journal last night was because it was late we had dinner and I never got around to it. Today I was playing with my cousins in the ocean on boogie boards and waves. We just ate a good seafood dinner and now I'm working on my requirements.. Hopefully I don't forget to journal so till tomorrow bye.  
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Monday July 19th

This morning I finished my push ups, Sit ups, and Squat thrusts.   Then I had a violin lesson after that I ate lunch then I finished up the rest of my requirements.  At 6:30 I went to King Tiger to do a mentor session with Master Chelley. We worked on Staff Form 2 which was fun then I had a class for real where we did self defense, kicks, a lot of things.  Tomorrow I will continue with my requirements.
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July 19th

My day started off with going to Topgolf in the morning. It was a fun way to start the week and even though it was rainy, I still had fun and somehow got 18 points on one ball. My golf skills have gotten better and I’m hoping I can hit farther and better in the future. Later, I went to the dojang for class and since testing is this week, lots of kids were in class for review. That is basically all I did, I hope you all had a good one!
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18 Minutes of Jump Rope!

Hey, as it says in the title I did 18 minutes of jump rope today to try and catch up!  Today was pretty great did not beat any record times but I am still going through the day.  I woke up at 6:30 today to run and it was a little bit slower than usual but I still got it done!  I started back up with gymnastics and I did that from 9 A.M. - 12 P.M.  After that I had lunch, and got right on my requirements!  I got them done and tonight I am relaxing with my family from a hard day from all the rounds of jump rope!  I am super tired but am pushing through until it is time to go to bed.  Another day is waiting for me and I can't wait to see what it brings!  Hope everyone had a good relaxing weekend and is...
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How my July 19th went

Today I woke up at 10:00 and watched tv for 2 hours because I didn't want to get out of bed. Then I went down stairs for some brunch. After that I watched a movie about a hero call Radio. Once I finished the movie is was time for me to go to class. I went to class and finished than after class I waited about 10 minutes for Master Weeks class to end. Finally, he said yes and we did a quick little session and that was my day. Oh and I forgot to mention I went to bed. 
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July 19th 2021

Today was a decent day with me just relaxing and doing a little bit of everything for the cycle. I worked on some of my essays today as well as getting my requirements done. Plus I have been reading to book that I am supposed to read for the cycle and it seems to be a decent read and one that can keep my attention so I must be pretty good. Some things that also happened today was me getting McDonalds for breakfast because I woke up around noon because I'm just built different, and getting to spend a day just chilling and enjoying myself. So that is all for today and I will talk to you all tomorrow, see ya!
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Hi

Pain but pushed myself. I ran 1 mile around a large backyard 11 times but made it through I am behind and freaking out.😩😩😩😩😩 But maybe I can do it. Who am I kidding I can do it.
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7-18

Started the day with cleaning out our garage fridge that decided to throw a tizzy. Luckily, we didn't have very much at  all in the freezer so there wasn't a huge amount of lost food. We fully defrosted and it appears to be chugging right along now. Then a workout at 9Round with Masters Chelley and Lloyd and Instructor Courtney. Very sore at first but it was still a good one. Came home and finished up the physical stuff and more jumprope rounds. Then running errands and grocery shopping. Had dinner with the family, watched a movie and then worked out my poomsaes and self defenses with Jason. His foot is healing but jumping and some pivots are definitely not happening yet. Still he is happy that he can do more each day. Off to bed, enjoy your day tomorrow! 
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Day Fourteen - Everything Hurts

Today was a day of pain.  It didn't really set in until this morning.  I'm sure part of it was from doing two weeks of workouts and part of it was from piling yesterday's pre-test on top of all of that.  I got my better half to rub some Bengay into all the complaining muscles and then sat there for a good half hour or more alternating between burning and freezing sensations. On a more positive note, we decided to take a partial break from working out and took the kids to the pool and then to Rita's.  It was nice to float around and relax for a couple of hours.  Unfortunately, it looks like the youngest proved to be lactose intolerant after eating cheese, grilled cheese, and then frozen custard.  He wasn't hurting too bad to fall asleep, though.  We'll have to be more careful with him around dairy. I...
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Creating family fun

It feels like life has been mainly work and king tiger recently, so we decided to take the kids to the pool and then to Rita's.  I usually also cook on Sunday and purposely make extra for lunches, but we ended up having to go buy a tv because ours suddenly quit on us today! I don't watch much tv (hard to watch tv when you hardly ever sit down!) But the older two kids are usually here during the day, so off to Best Buy we went.  On a side note, I've been trying to work on proper prepping while blocking, back stances, and wanting to work on turning kicks and turning jump kicks.  
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Hansika Balanarayanan - July 18, 2021

Today I did my requirements and went to this creek with my friends. Also, everything hurts... 😩
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Enter the Sunday

I love movies. The only problem is making time for it. There are so many things in life I need to make more time for and when I sit in front of the screen, I can't help thinking of all the other things and people I need to be with. My church for one. I have felt like I have been running out of the church right when the service is over to get to someplace else. For awhile it was Trent's lacrosse practice, now it's Flying Tiger, something that Master Knight and I are super excited about. We feel if this gets off the ground, it's really going to make a difference. Just like martial arts. It's not owning a business, making money, or prestigious. It's making a difference in kids and adults lives. Creating a place where they can succeed and measure that success. Our ninja gym is just...
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July 18th 2021

Today I woke up at 9:00 thence breakfast at 9:30 the at 9:45 I did my requirements after that my family went shopping.
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July 18th 2021

Today was easy and quiet for the most of the day, this is probably I really only cleaned the house and did my requirements even though I am kinda sore. My family and I also tried a new food place today it was called Dairy-O's and the food was really good. I has most of everything with hamburgers, hotdogs, wings, tenders etc. After lunch we went and donated to Good Will and got some stuff that we need to finish cleaning the house and now I am writing this journal. Thats all for today and I will talk to y'all later, see ya!
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7/18

Today was a calm and relaxing day. I watched Space Jams 2 and played a game with a bunch of my friends.
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williams 6th? blog "im puzzled"

I woke up did my workout and then took a. shower ate breakfast did treadmill ate lunch went to my lane witch I relaxed then I did some puzzle and here we are now 
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Maniac Blog #6

This morning my in-laws left Maine for Vermont, where they live. Sara, Anna, Charlie and I went to look at Bates college. It is a rainy day. We then drove through Freeport and there were too many people to stop and look around. Therefore, we went back to Yarmouth, my home town and I showed the kids my old school. We then drove out to one of the islands. Tonight we are going to order out and watch a movie. 
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Hansika Balanarayanan - July 17, 2021

Today I woke up at 5:30 and got ready for my pretest. I ran the longest mile of my life. (Things seem harder when you don't want to do it) We went to North Charlotte and did our physical test. Then I went home at and slept...
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Day Thirteen - Lucky Day

I'd say today was lucky but it's all about hard work.  I didn't enjoy my mile run and I probably walked at least half of it - but I completed it in a time that I'm more than happy with.  Now to work on continuing to improve on that. The rest of the pre-test went well.  I didn't get an many reps in on some of the items as I'd have liked but given that I'd just run as much as I had, I was happy with it.  I wasn't particularly happy to realize that I've been messing up my blocking preps and haven't even been doing all of them like I should - but better to know now than to find out on the day of the final test. I've certainly got my work cut out for me but, then again, don't we all?  If Master Evins was just giving away...
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Pre -Test Day

Pre-test day went well. I was dreading the two miles because I have really been struggling on my runs.  And I ended up with a better time than I thought I would get! Victory there. Room to improve on everything but I worked hard today and I am proud of that. Lots of poomsae work in class and I definitely had some good takeaways. Home to nap and then some more requirements and a lazy afternoon. One of the great parts of today is how encouraging and supportive everyone is, we are so blessed to a part of this. I need to input my requirements for the last several days but my book is downstairs and it seems incredibly far away at the moment. 😁 So I am choosing bed instead. Enjoy your Sunday!
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williams 6th journal "the sprint"

ahhhhhhh we mist the pri test.so I woke up this morning and redid up stares and hade 5 muffins.thene I try out a treadmill witch after I worked out I went on at a steady pace of 4 miles per hour and went 2.5 miles with snakes and lunch in-between ten had the lobster party and here I am.
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Journal No. 6

Well, we suck... We missed the pre-test on account of my family having the worst sense of scheduling in the world. still figuring out that predicament. Anyway...today we went to look at more colleges, and had a good ol' LOBSTER PARTY!!!! for those of you who are not from Maine, a lobster party is where you go get a lot of lobster, boil them alive and invite all your close family to come eat them, usually a couple of friends come over on account of the ridiculous prices of lobster. The lobster was good and we got pie and cake for my Grandmothers birthday.
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Pretest

6:00 am and no coffee, out on a track running 4 miles. Not exactly where and what I want to be doing. But it was great to see some faces that I haven't seen in a long while. Some kids who now are taller than me and faster too. NOT COOL. Then headed to North Charlotte for the rest of the physical. I of course forgot my belt, so I went back to Harrisburg to get it as well as very short jump rope. Again, NOT COOL. Got to North Charlotte and joined my cycle team with the push ups, sit ups, pull ups, v ups, burpees, and plank hold. Felt pretty good about where I am with my physical testing. Then I did something that I haven't done in a long while. I became a student in class. It was a weird feeling as I'm usually in front of the...
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July 17th 2021

Today at woke up at 5:15 and got there around 5:45 my brother started running because he needed 4 miles (16 laps) after I did my run I went in a van to master Evans school where we did requirements and after a 15 minute break we did black belt class. after black black belt class I ate breakfast at a restaurant then went home took and took a shower.
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Maniac Blog #6

We missed blogging yesterday, bummer. Today we drove to Bowdoin college in Brunswick, Me. We then stopped off and got Lobsters at the Harrassecket Lobster pound on the coast. We then came home and got ready for my mothers 79th birthday. She had invited some of her friends that have a son my age whom I had not seen for 15-20 years. It was great to catch up. We had lobster, corn, potato salad, then cake and pie. It was a great day.
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July 17

Got up at 5 am to prepare for the pretest today.  When you're a mom you have to take time to bring extra snacks and  water when others are going to testing with you!  Extra walking in today as at least one of the kids wants to go to the pool tomorrow, so doubling up a bit to try and fit in some family time before the weekend ends 
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July 17th

I woke up around 5:30 this morning to get ready for the pretest. I got to the track early as I had to run 4 miles. I did decent on my run, but I definitely want to shave off a couple minutes by the physical and written test. It it nice to have a baseline to improve upon. After the physical pre-test and black belt class, I went home to get some things ready for my upcoming trip and finished up some other work. That was basically all!
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July 17th. Pre test time!

Today was my pre test for 1st Dan and my goodness was it tiring. I woke up at 5:00 because I take super long to get dressed. My dad drove me to the place where we had to run.  After that I had to run a mile (some people more) than went back to the studio and did pushups sit-ups etc. Than I had to do BBC right after the pre test so my body is kinda sore. But overall today was great!
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2021 Physical Pre-Test

Hi, today we all had our Pre-test and I feel pretty good about it!  I ran 2 miles and my time was 19:14 so I am going to try to get a time closer 19:00 minutes to improve my running on the actual test!  I feel really good all though I am so tired!  After the Pre-Test I took Saturday Black Belt class and then got Chick-Fil-A for lunch.  Second, I went swimming in the lake with my family!  Next I took a 2 hour nap and then knocked out all my requirements!  Pretty good day all together, I am happy about my time and scores for the Pre-Test and I think everyone else did great too!  Tomorrow I have a day off because that is how a made my schedule I am doing a little more every day Mon-Sat and then I get Sunday off to recuperate and let my...
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Pre-test

3 miles were tough, but I'm so happy with it. I think I can do 1 pull-up more consistently! Other than that I resting today. Ive strain my voice, and it recover, but now I have to be careful not to strain it again.
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July 17th 2021 PRETEST Day

Today was the pretest ( like it says in the title ) I like most black belt test days I was up early. I woke up at 5:00 in the morning to get to the track early so I could finish my run faster since I have to run 4 miles. After the run I was already tired and wanting sleep but I pushed through and finished the physical part of the test. Then around 15 minutes later we had a class to take so we can get our poomsaes corrected and looked at by Grandmaster Evins. When class ended it was tie to go eat late breakfast with the family and to relax. We stayed out for a bit ate lunch and even watched the new Space Jam movie when we got home ( not then OG one but still decent ). Now I am typing out this journal, well...
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Pre test day! (Day 1) 7/17/21

Today I woke up at 5:15 to start the day and I reviewed all of my poom saes and self defenses. So far I have done all of the requirements and am really excited for testing day so I can get my black belt!
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7-17-21

Today I got a wake up call at 5:30 for the pretest. I feel like I did well for the tenth day of the cycle and I can't wait to see what I can do at the end of the cycle. It was pretty exhausting. When I got home it was around 10:00 and I said to my mom can we go out to eat lunch and she was like "No it's still breakfast time" I thought oh yeah that's what you get when you eat breakfast at 5:30 A.M. I'm getting ready to go on vacation so I've spent most of the day packing and relaxing. And one other crazy thing when we ordered some jimmy Johns delivery instructor EJ came and delivered our food!  
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Day Twelve - More Sweat

Another day of working hard.  I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nearly terrified by the prospect of tomorrow's pre-test.  I tried to not overdo it with the workouts and practice/challenges since tomorrow will be enough of a challenge on its own. I'm still catching up with a few items that I let slip but I can see that I'm making good progress with them.  That makes me feel like I'm still well in control of my own destiny. I practiced the Bo Cho Dan self-defense a few times today and made it through with very little prompting.  I just wish I had more time to work on Koryo as well.  Most of it's still a blur but that's why we practice. See you all in the morning.
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Testing tomorrow

Tomorrow is the pretest.  Being more of a night owl, I'm not really looking forward to getting up early tomorrow.   A friend came by tonight and gifted us with farm fresh eggs! The eggs are very interesting as they are shades of white, brown, and green.  I wish I could stay up longer studying for tomorrow but the bed is calling my name.
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Hansika Balanarayanan - July 16, 2021

Today I did my requirements and did some last minute practice for our pretest tomorrow. 
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7-16-21

Another early day and fun at camp. I had a good mentor session after camp and then had black belt class. I didn't get home until almost 7:00 and still had to do all my other requirements. I'm behind on my tracker and  my legs feet and ankles were all hurting when I ran. I think they need a rest. Pre cycle testing is early in the morning so I have to go try to get some sleep.
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July 16th

Not too much today, but I did my requirements in the morning and then went to the pool in the afternoon with my sister. I am excited to see everyone bright and early tomorrow morning for the pre-test!
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Learning the 1st Hapkido Form

Learning new things is a little hard and today I learned the 1st Hapkido form!  So today I was so tired when I woke up and I had a super slow run today!  I got on my requirements early and finished them early.  After that I went to Black Belt class at the Hartles and was mentored by Master Natasha!   -7/16/2021
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16 Minutes

With 16 minutes until 12 I am squeezing this journal in. While still not able to take it, I was at least able to help out with sparring class tonight which is cool. Slowly, piece by piece, my life gets back to normal, day by day. I found out that I am able to jump rope again, which is awesome! I can finally start getting back on track with even more requirements!
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New things

Got to assist in a class today.  It was a bit strange not participating and watching the kids to make sure they were doing well.  Leading class through warm ups lent a different perspective for certain.  As many times as I've been through that warm up I had to actually think about what exercises the class needed to do! I assume it will become more automatic with time and practice.
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Day Eleven - Early Finish

Today got off to a slow start.  I slept in and didn't get anything done this morning other than some pull-ups.  Being back in the office, I decided to try to go home for lunch and at least get a little bit of a workout in.  Instead I ran into lots of traffic due to road work and had just enough time to eat before I had to leave again. Picked up the youngest from camp but he insisted he needed to go home instead of waiting for Mom and Dad to help Instructor Anthony teach class.  I told him that starting next week we'll all be staying through the 5:50 class on Thursdays unless Master Evins wants me to help out elsewhere instead. Finished all my workout items a bit earlier than normal so maybe I can get to bed a get a bit more rest than usual as well.  Overall, not...
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7-15

Today was a good day. Always nice at Blythe Landing Park and then laser tag at Spare Time with the Littles. My little group had a ton of fun in both the arcade and laser tag, they had me laughing so hard and I had a blast going on a "mission" with them. Then a hair appointment and back to King Tiger in time for a mentee session with Charlie  and sparring class. I was very nervous but I ended up very sweaty, having had fun and learned some too. My first round was with Peyton, then Master Marcus and then a student that I just met tonight. And it was great to watch the little ones that have started taking class and are loving it! Finishing up some requirements and then off to bed. See you in class tomorrow!
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Hansika Balanarayanan - June 15, 2021

Today I practiced all of my color belt form and self defenses. I also had my first session with my mentor. I just got my cycle book so I've been rewriting all my stuff in there. Hope I do well! I did my running inside today because it is very hot outside and I don't want my body to overheat.I am a little nervous about my pretest on Saturday. I hope I do well. I'm not scared for the physical part, just the 10 written questions.
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Journal No. 5

Today was basically the best cycle day so far statistically. I cranked out all the basic requirements before 8 o'clock and for the rest of the day did cardio for. 8.5 miles. We looked around some of the colleges in Boston and I can safely say I don't want to live in the city when I get older. We walked the freedom trail in Boston which was cool and saw Old Iron Side which was great because A. cool victorian naval ship. and B. I won a $5 bet with my sister based on my Historical knowledge. All in all a proactive day.
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Williams 5th blog "I wold walk 8.5 miles"

I woke up and me my dad and brother went and worked out then went on a never ending work then went to dinner. we came back after hearing loud engine from motorcicles.thene here I am.
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Maniac Blog #5

Today we drove from Conecticut to Boston. Upon arriving we walked the Freedom Trail. It was pretty cool. A bit of complaining from Mr. William at times. It was great to see the city where the last time I was there was 15-20 years ago. We then met up with my wife parents, Anna, and a few of her cousins and had a great dinner in the North end.
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July 15th 2021

Today was a long day, I had tennis from 10:30 to 11:30  then at 2:30 I had to get immunized for 7th grade then I did my requirements then I did class the sparring class my book that I need to read came in today I currently reading that I'm on chapter three.
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