Discussion in 'KenpoTalk' started by oldsoldier2006, May 18, 2018.
Oldsoldier, you gave us a great story, and it contained many lessons. If "C" was at least a 3rd degree, then feel that the rank he awarded you is authentic. You lament your original reason for wanting a BB was not high-minded. You are not alone. If starting MA as a teen mainly to boost your ego and have bragging rights (and girls) was a reason not to start, there would be very few higher black belts today! Its only after the years float by that your knowledge of the art, and your perspective, broaden. The time between a white belt and 2nd degree black belt may take only 5 years of hard work. From 2nd to 4th may take 6-7 years. So, at 2nd degree, you are in some ways closer to a white belt than you are to a 4th degree. And I'm not just talking about time. The change in attitude and true appreciation of the art increase geometrically after your 1st or 2nd degree. By then, you can leave your ego behind and concentrate on the important things in MA.
I'll second that. The O/P's training regimen certainly would have provided sufficient time in grade to work through what was required. If C was competent, and it sounds like he probably was, it's certainly validly awarded IMO.
That is a sad but beautiful story. The details are not important but I too had to take a long break from training due to injuries, some similar to yours. Use the videos, get back to training. Hopefully that will lead to finding more formal training that will work for you. We all need the human interaction. Sometimes it just hard.
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