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    Smile Blue Belt FTW

    woohoo! I got my blue belt on Tuesday, July 17.

    (FTW = For the win, for those of you that didn't know)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8-up View Post
    woohoo! I got my blue belt on Tuesday, July 17.

    (FTW = For the win, for those of you that didn't know)
    That is great, it takes a lot of hard work, would you agree?

    How did it make you feel?
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    Yes...lots of standing in neutral bow and kicking make tired 8-up legs.
    And since Wednesdays are my leg workout days, I had a hard time with that

    I don't know how I feel about it yet. I messed up so many times I was a little disappointed in myself. I kept combining a few techniques from lower belts. For example, Obscure Sword, Clutching Feathers, and Shielding Hammer.

    I even messed up on some basics like a step-through!

    But I was taking on a cold so that could have been the cause of some confusion.

    Luckily, my instructor knows what I can do. I probably wouldn't have passed my test if an outside instructor was judging.

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    EEEEEXcellent!

    That's GREAT.

    Mess-ups are okay, w/in reason. IF a student quits or shows a bad attitude or "Freezes"...those aren't so ok. Sounds like you did well. Besides, even if you did mess up this or that minor point....if your instructor is like most, you passed your test in the day in day out progress you've made in class. The "Test" is naught but a rite of passage.

    Also: I'm glad that you told me about THIS use of "FTW"! I was ready to jump on-ya about it. In my line of work as a correctional officer IF I see a person with "FTW" tattooed on their body (Most commonly left hand or back of neck) it stands for "F*#% The World"...and identifies them as a white-supremest Aryan gang member.
    So thanks for the upfront clarification!

    ENJOY your time as a Blue Belt!! I'm sure your sights are set on Green now, and that's good! But don't get so caught up in reaching the "next level" that you don't pay mind to enjoying the current one.
    Just a thought.

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    Congratulations from another Blue Belt! You'll love the Green material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8-up View Post
    Yes...lots of standing in neutral bow and kicking make tired 8-up legs.
    And since Wednesdays are my leg workout days, I had a hard time with that

    I don't know how I feel about it yet. I messed up so many times I was a little disappointed in myself. I kept combining a few techniques from lower belts. For example, Obscure Sword, Clutching Feathers, and Shielding Hammer.

    I even messed up on some basics like a step-through!

    But I was taking on a cold so that could have been the cause of some confusion.

    Luckily, my instructor knows what I can do. I probably wouldn't have passed my test if an outside instructor was judging.
    Combining material means you are learning motion and not just techs.
    I for one would expect to see this at blue level. If I didnt I prob. would not pass you.
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    Thanks, Mr. Marshall.
    I'll keep that in mind when I'm training my own students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8-up View Post
    woohoo! I got my blue belt on Tuesday, July 17.

    (FTW = For the win, for those of you that didn't know)

    Congrats! In my school (not AK) blue belt is the most significant milestone before black, it tends to seperate the serious fomr the not so serious students. Good work!

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    Congratulations! It just gets better from here.
    Be careful what you say, some may take it the wrong way.

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    Congrats 8-up, always great to hear about others' successes!
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    Congratulations, 8-up!

    Keep up the training, btw--I like your signature.
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    Outstanding! 'gratz!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidCC View Post
    Congrats! In my school (not AK) blue belt is the most significant milestone before black, it tends to seperate the serious fomr the not so serious students. Good work!

    -D
    The same here
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidCC View Post
    Congrats! In my school (not AK) blue belt is the most significant milestone before black, it tends to seperate the serious fomr the not so serious students. Good work!

    -D
    I agree Dave!
    My instructor told me once that getting a blue belt is a good indicator that someone has the stick-too-itiveness to that it takes to get to black.

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    Congrats on passing the test. Sounds like you were harder on yourself than the instructor was. You learned a lot from the test and you know what you did wrong. Bet it won't happen again.

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