Fall 2022 Black Belt Cycle

Secret to getting the physical requirements done

I was talking to some bo cho dans and their parents about the requirements for the cycle. Just a quick tip to you guys and for whoever does the cycle in the future. Understand that it is impossible to do 150 or 200 of a requirement all in one go unless you are into body building or invested in physical development. Parents and students as me how they can complete their requirements in a day and my two tips to them is simple: planning and commitment. This isn't my first cycle. I knew that in order to show that physical progress despite my hectic schedule, I need to plan accordingly and stick to it. I have school from 8am to 4pm every day and then taekwondo straight after. I break my requirements up into 3 sessions where I do 5 sets of 10 for each physical requirement (burpees, pushups, sit-ups). A session in the morning, a session during lunch, and then at night. If I am teaching class then, I do some more with the students or in between class times. Planning it is easy, but staying committed to it is the hardest part. Master Evins understands that getting all the requirements done is hard. Many other students in the past have failed to complete it, yet Master Evins knows that they were committed and that they TRIED. Being a blackbelt does not mean you are the best at forms or kicks or self defense or doing pushups/situps. To be a blackbelt means that you are committed to learning and not giving up. Coming from someone who has failed a black belt cycle in the past, I can understand the difficulty. This is a stressful process. It was never meant to be easy. But then again, life isn't easy and you're gonna need that strong will and determination to get through it all. 

With the cycle more than half way done, dont rush everything. Plan it out, stick to it, and you'll be happy. Even if you fail in the end, atleast you'll know that you tried your hardest.


Besides that, I'm still recovering from the sparring seminar. Loved working with Master Hama, but I have his footprint on my ribs from being his practice/target buddy from saturdays sparring class. But hey, no pain no gain right?


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