Starting off my black belt journey, I have so many emotions of excitement, nervousness, and enthusiasm. Ever since I stepped on the mat at age 9, I was determined to achieve my black belt. I’m excited to finally work towards that goal, and even more excited to work towards it with some of my closest friends including both of my siblings who are going for their junior black belts! However, I’m also very nervous about the next months to come, as I am apprehensive about keeping up with the commitment and energy required to earn my black belt. Throughout this journey, I hope to be able to become not only stronger physically, but also mentally and emotionally. I am eager to gain and strengthen my traits of perseverance, time management and stamina throughout the course of the test and training, and I’m very happy to start the testing process this year.