Let us always remember where we came from and the roots of what we do. Every time we award rank, remember the origins of earning a real black belt, not by buying one. A journey of a lifetime, not three or four years, not ten or 20 years, but a lifetime of work, dedication, loyalty, tenacity, knowledge, attitude, and humbleness, with lots of training and people to support you. Once you make the decision, it is then a journey of a lifetime! Groups of black belts were in the ocean doing kata underneath the moonlight. I was overwhelmed and from that moment I knew what I wanted to be: a
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