As we look back on the past year we want to thank you for your generous support of Boys Town during the holidays. Our two newly promoted Black Belts, Adam Gilliland and Abbie Douglas, completed their project to pick up Santa's reigns and run our annual Toy Drive for Boys and Girls Town of California. A number of our families joined Abbie and Adam as they delivered gifts to Boys Town on Dec 17.
This is a guest post written and reproduced with permission of the author Matthew Apsokardu. Mr Apsokardu has been a student of the martial arts for 16 years and has acquired the rank of 4th Dan in Okinawa Kenpo Karate and Kobudo.
We often hear that black belt isn't an end goal, but instead a point where true learning can begin. We all generally accept this as sage wisdom even though it can be difficult to understand such an esoteric concept at first. After all, how can learning BEGIN at black belt?
Sometimes we rationalize the idea intellectually by observing highly skilled individuals and comparing our meager skills against them. But still we have a hard time grasping that we haven't really learned anything after four or five years of diligent study. Only a few monk-like individuals are so devoid of ego that they truly believe they know nothing when going for shodan.
So how does one explain this mystery, especially to those students who are brimming with "self confidence" and don't want to hear that their studies are only beginning?
There's more new COLOR in the school! We are pleased to announce the promotion of 25 Tang Soo Do students in Gup Shim Sa #30! This month's test included the double promotion of two of our new students Jen and Mailyn, and the graduation of 4 Team Turtle students who now join the Jr Kicks Tang Soo Do crew. You can see more photos of the event here. Congratulations to all!
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