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Last month, we asked the shodan candidates in our dojo to tell us what black belt meant to them. Each candidate handed in a one page essay. Recently, I read about Jillian Michaels, star of The Biggest Loser, who stated in an interview "Karate Changed My Life".
'KARATE CHANGED MY LIFE'In my own experience, I believe karate has changed my direction a few times. I was a green belt student when my husband decided he wanted to start his own dojo. This decision was the focal point of buying/renovation an abandoned building to convert into a house/dojo. There have been times when it has not been easy. A few years ago, my husband suffered severe third degree burns on his leg. I was completely overwhelmed. It was not easy taking care of a toddler, my husband, the dojo and working full time. My family, the dojo and my karate friends helped us through this difficult time.
One of those "right decisions" was taking a martial arts class -- something which literally changed her life. "Karate saved my life," she says. "It all stopped the day I broke two boards with a kick."
For me, I would describe karate as a constant.
How would you describe...in one word...your martial arts experience?