Hello all. It is a long time since I have said anything in here.
I just wanted to say that I recently received my shodan at my club.
During the earlier years of training I read this forum fanatically and many of my questions were answered. Of course the cliche "Keep training and you will find the answers" is also true to some extent. So thanks forum-mates for the advice and guidance along the way.
Since the grading I have felt that I have sort of stumbled along trying to get my head around the new responsiblities that go with this black piece of material.
I have always said that belt colour is simply a side product of training however, the social responsibilties of gaining shodan has taken me a bit by surprise. People outside the club now think I'm some sort of 'master' while those in the kyu grades look up to me with expectation. I don't even want to start talking about that crazy black skirt I have to learn to wear!
I have to admit, finding my center at training is difficult, I have to learn how to compose myself all over again. I guess this is why the art is so addictive, there is always more to learn.
I hope this message finds you all well.