Well its been almost 5 years with this martial art - in a hugely fun and talented club, but to day I successfully graded for my first black belt ever with a good mate also grading successfully!
Half way thru my training I had a major outage for 2-3 months due to cancer which lead to a jaw re-build and having a bone and artery removed from my leg to replace the bone taken out.
So I am stoked that I made it - fairly long and gruelling grading at Mac Uni Sport Centre - on the slipperiest mats I have ever trained on - it was a bit like ice staking. One technique where I was pulled forwarded saw a 25 foot slide ensue! But it was all great.
Contratory to what folk might otherwise understand, black belt is the end of your basic training and the start of learning the deeper meaning and form of your chosen art - its just the begining really. Here's to the next 10 years!
If anyone is interested in learning Aikido - the gentlest martial art - please feel free to have a look at the grading photos of Shodokan Aikido Sydney Facebook page https://www.facebook...277400435724594
Edited by g__day, 18 October 2014 - 10:21 PM.