I have been active in sports and martial arts for years (ever since I was in college). I have done full contact tae kwon do, sparred many, many rounds, and fought in the ring. However, I think the biggest accomplishment remains earning my blackbelt under The Pit, Sifu Garcia and within John Hackleman’s system of schools. It’s a difficult belt to earn as it requires a combination of kickboxing, hawaiian tempo, sanshou, and crosspit (crossfit with a vengeance). Recently we added Kore jiujitsu as well under the great Luigi Mondelli. It’s like a who’s who list of coaches and yet they make it incredibly personal and find ways to focus more on making you the best version of you that you can be. So here are ten things that having a blackbelt means to me:
So I’m not sure if others will feel the same way about the belts they have earned. I know many fighters that don’t care about belt rank at all (some fighting styles don’t even have a ranking system). I have a healthy respect for every martial art and for every martial artist. Honestly, even if you never step into a ring or octagon it’s important to celebrate your achievements. Becoming a better version of yourself is a matter of setting goals and putting in the time and effort to attain them. For me, having a blackbelt represents all of these things and much more. Now, it’s time to get back to work, hit some pads, do some sparring, and keep growing!