SelbyKarateka reaches Shodan - The beginning
For our younger students, the ideogram "sho" means first or beginning and the same ideogram is used to express the first sunrise of the year, it is also found in the word for beginner.
When you realise the depths of knowledge and skill that can be acquired through karate, you realise that the few years required to attain your first black belt are really just the beginning.
Many things in life have limits but their is no limit on the number of black belts that can be given. As long as you practice diligently, sooner or later you will receive a black belt.
Students with talent and natural ability may find there way to the beginning a lot quicker than mine, some karateka may take a little longer.
If you travel the way too quickly you may miss something, my teacher is Sensei Ashley but my inspiration is Sensei Trevor.
Sensei Trevor started the way at fifty and reached Shodan twelve years later and now at Seventy years old is still enjoying the journey.
My thanks also to Gullen Shihan, Sensei Mick, Ian and Nick that have also guided me in my journey.
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