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First grading, done!

First Taekwondo grading, done! What an experience. I felt totally out of my comfort zone, but I moved with as much conviction as I could during the night. 110% effort and focus for every movement – I still felt clunky and my muscles still forgot where they were supposed to be half the time, but I’m hoping that purpose will have shown through all that.

I’m told it’s actually quite hard to fail this first grading so I’m not too concerned about passing. But I’m not in this thing to tick off the belts and walk away – I’m facing this damn surgery to deal with this stupid, stupid chronic illness, so I’m there to learn, train and fight with everything I have while I still can. Who knows how long I’ll be as physically capable and free as I am now, so every training session, every late-night practice after my kids are asleep, every grading session – I’ll be going through every one of them as if it’s my last.

It’s school holidays here now, so we have a two week break from training – there’s no way I can wait that long to hear how it went, so I’m off to drop the grading instructor an email. Fingers crossed!

All going well, I can’t wait to start learning my first full pattern – Chon-Ji Tul.

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