What being a Black Belt means to me
By: Mimma Patulli
Date: June 10th, 2010
Being a Black Belt means more to me than just a rank. It’s not just something that is handed to you. It means earning it through hard work and perseverance. It is an accomplishment, a goal that I attained through commitment and hard work throughout my 7 years at Interclub TKD. I finally pursued a little girl’s dream. I learned to be patient, to have self-control, to have a more positive attitude, but most of all to have confidence in myself. It has taught me to set goals, to achieve them and to surpass them. No matter how old you are or what physical condition you are in, or physical limitations you may have, with determination and hard work, you can achieve anything you want. I have had a few obstacles and setbacks throughout my years of training, but I never gave up despite these challenges.
A great deal of responsibilities comes with being a Black Belt. We become roll models and mentors to other students. We will teach them and guide them throughout their journey. It is a great feeling when you are able to help others. I have always looked up to our Instructors and Black Belt students. You have all been there for me. You have encouraged me when I would struggle, you have inspired me when I doubted myself, and you have pushed me to do better.
Being a Black Belt means that I am now embarking on a new journey; a journey that never ends, and to aim to achieve beyond Black Belt rank. I see it like a wood breaking technique. Master David, Master Ken, and Pascal have repeatedly told us: “If you aim your kick directly at the board, it will never break. But if you aim beyond that board and kick right through it, it will definitely break.” This is my aim; to aim beyond Black Belt and to pass my learning experiences to others. To never give up, to pursue my goals and to push myself to do the best I can. It means that even though I cannot do a fly kick in the air 5 feet off the ground, I can still do one 2 feet off the ground and still hold my head up high knowing that I worked hard at it and gave it my all.
I would like to thank my instructors, Master David, Master Ken and Pascal for having confidence in me, and for pushing me to do my best. You are absolutely amazing teachers. I would also like to thank the rest of the Black Belts students for volunteering their time to help out for this test. I know that most of you were in the middle of exams, or working full-time, and even so, you dedicated your time for us.
Thank you all. Without your faith and words of encouragement, it would not have been possible for me to have earned my belt. I will wear it with pride.