In for the Long Haul

Future Black Belt

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Tonight I joined my dojo’s Black Belt Club. This means I’m making a commitment to earn my black belt, and I’ll get to attend some extra workouts to get help toward that goal.

It’s a longer contract, but after thinking about it for a few weeks I’ve decided that just means I’m far less likely to wuss out halfway through this. I have really enjoyed my Shuri-ryu training so far, it’s definitely helped toward getting in shape, and my enthusiasm has only increased with each stripe and rank I earn. I also enjoy being in class, and I’ve made some friends there. I’ve felt I’m in it for the long haul for some time now, and tonight I’ve made that firm.

When I first started talking to my sensei about Black Belt Club, it was hard to picture myself that far down the road. The black belt itself is a long ways off. Longer, even, than the end of this new contract. Now that I’ve signed the paper and I’ve got this patch in my hot little hands, however, it’s a lot easier to visualize that belt.

It’s going to one hell of a ride.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. John U says:

    A black belt is just a white belt who didn’t quit. {grin}