Eleonor Roosevelt once said, Do one thing every day that scares you.
Last May 20th, I did just that. In fact I did two things that scared me: I tested in my martial arts class for two belt levels: Green and Blue.
This meant that I had the longest testing time that Sunday. This also meant I was exhausted beyond belief after the exam.
You might be wondering if I’m some masochist intent on subjecting myself to crazy challenges.
I’m not. Not really (though I do love challenges). I am, however, the only one in the entire Los Angeles Doce Pares system (comprised of 3 schools), who is currently an Orange Belt.
Master Erwin wanted me to level up twice so I wouldn’t be alone every time I had to take another belt exam—and so Steve (the only other higher belt in my class) would have a partner to learn the lessons with.
The test was nerve-wracking at first, but once I got into the “zone” and focused on what I had to do, I found that adrenalin kicked in and I was able to perform the tasks required of me.
One portion of the Belt Exam which both scared and thrilled me was the Multiple Attackers part.
I had to fend off the two instructors who attacked me, using various disarming techniques I learned class.
The practical application portion of our martial arts lessons is scary–but I do enjoy it a lot because I know how useful this can be in certain situations.
I was exhausted, but happy at the end of my four hour long exam.
I took up the challenge, aware that I would have to learn twice as many lessons, and that I would have the longest testing time that day. It was scary, to say the least, but I knew without a doubt that as long as I put my mind to it, I could accomplish anything.
Thanks to Maiko for taking the pictures, and to Lena for taking the videos!
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