We're almost there. Our final training focused on our kata. It's challenging for me, as there are still a few kata I have not learned, so I was trying to follow along the best I could to at least know the basic line of the kata. I don't want to embarass anybody! I feel OK about all of the practice I have tried to do, but I know that it is going to be an extremely challenging test no matter how much I've practiced.
It's interesting for me to think about how I view the last four months of training, and how much it seems like my karate education is really just at its beginning. I don't have every black belt kata down cold, but I'm not even a black belt yet. I'm at the start of the second phase of my black belt journey.
So many people get to this point and think they are done. I feel like I'm just getting started! I want to learn the details of every kata so that I can help my classmates learn and develop on their journey. People who I have trained with over the last few years are going for their black belts next year, and I will be training right along with them, doing what I can to help them succeed.
All the bruises (and there were many!) are worth finishing that test on Friday night. Osu!