As we prepare for our next youth Black Belt test (to be held on June 9, at 6 p.m.) I can’t help feeling amazed at the skills of the two testers, Mr. Colin and Mr. Sam. I have watched them train hard consistently for several years, with an incredible surge of effort in the months leading up to the momentous occasion. This level of skill, effort, and commitment is impressive at any age; in youth students it is extraordinary.
By achieving Black Belt at such an early age, these students have learned to set and achieve goals, the value of perseverance, and to never give up. How often have we heard someone say, “I’m going to become an expert musician!” or “I’m going to get in the best shape of my life!” and then stick with their plan for a few weeks, maybe a couple of months? Eventually they lose track and never fully realize their goal. I know I’ve heard that, and I’ve also been that person, but these two young men are of a different sort. These guys don’t just talk about achieving goals; they achieve them.
I do believe that if you look up Black Belt in a dictionary, you might see a picture of these two young men. Not only are they skilled martial artists, they are great kids. I am very proud and I am very fortunate to work with them.
But don't take my word for it! I would encourage everyone to come out and witness the promotion of these two talented young men to the elite rank of Black Belt.