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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

A Diary of a Black Belt, Part 4

Bull in the Ring in Acapulco, Mexico 16 months later 5th Green Belt/Black stripe I have been an advanced student now for almost a year, and today I test for my black stripe. This will be a two-part story of what I feel now and how I feel after the test. I have to admit it has been tough. These classes are harder, more complicated, and way over my head. I have to listen and watch the black belts. They’re a tight-knit group, very friendly but stern. I didn’t understand washing the toilets and cleaning the bathrooms the first three months before I could work out, but now I do:

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Sensei Gary Lee
Sensei Gary Lee
Sensei Gary Lee, the American Samurai, is a 9th Dan black belt, a USA Karate Federation gold medalist, winner of five Super Grand National Titles, a featured actor in the movie Sidekicks, and is the founder of the National Sport Karate Museum.

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