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Mama That Could Get Her Black Belt | 1 Day to Black Belt Test

Mama That Could Get Her Black Belt | 1 Day to Black Belt Test

Here we are…tomorrow is the big day.

Getting this far, marks a huge milestone for me. When I was 15 years old, I quit 6 months before my black belt test. I never forgot it. I always felt like it was a part of my life that was incomplete. So in my 20’s I went back to Tae Kwon Do, got myself up to speed and then 6 months before my black belt (again), I stopped. I moved away and put Tae Kwon Do behind me. However, I never forgot my forms or my kicks. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew the day would come for me to finish.

Fast forward to 2012. I moved to Utah and my sis opened her own Tae Kwon Do studio. Ma’am Polly Villatuya, is my sister as well as my instructor. She has been a martial artist for over 30 years! Her instructor, Master Lee Lawler, was also my first TKD instructor. She helped two of her students open their martial arts studios in the Bay Area. I am blessed to train with my sister. She trains with emphasis on the old school and is a stickler about my stances and technique. Every correction she gives me, I am thankful for, and quick to make the adjustments.

Maybe I never got my black belt, because I was meant to be her first black belt (of her own studio)? Now there’s a thought.

As I reflect on this journey and the big day tomorrow, I’ve learned a few things about myself. For years I was haunted by the notion that I was no good at completing things. As a busy Mom and entrepreneur, going back to Tae Kwon Do seemed impossible.  As a life coach, I learned to work past those false beliefs. In truth, getting my black belt is something I desire and care to accomplish. When you want something bad enough, you’ll commit and find a way to make it happen.

When I injured my shoulder a few weeks ago, I know from past injury, it’s typically a 5-6 week week recovery and much rest is required to heal the shoulder. When it happened, I was disappointed, but there was no doubt in my mind that this black belt test was going to happen.

I started getting massages, using Doterra essential oils (love their Deep Blue oil and cream rub), icing my shoulder right after workouts and slowly implementing strength training. I pushed as far as I could without risking re-injury. I use a shoulder brace every time I train. I pray and have asked for much prayer coverage from friends and family to get me through this. When I got the stomach flu, I was slightly disheartened about the setback but again, determined to make it to this big day…which is tomorrow.

I truly believe and am living proof…it’s never too late to pursue the things that are important to you.

In reference to Bruce Lee’s quote, “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there you must go beyond them.”  I know that training for my black belt has pushed me beyond my old limits and the discipline has impacted my work and my life.  I also know that hitting this new milestone tomorrow, is going to push me even further.

So here’s to going beyond the plateau…

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4 thoughts on “Mama That Could Get Her Black Belt | 1 Day to Black Belt Test

  1. Your story is very inspiring! I stopped taekwondo when I was 12…and picked it up again at 33. You’re a life coach AND a black belt? Okay, I’m going to be you when I grow up. 🙂 I’m sure you did very well on your test.

    • Thank you littleblackbelt! I love your humor and transparency in your blog! I did pass my test and it was a day I will never forget (will post update soon…still decompressing). It’s so surreal to look down and see myself wearing a black belt. There was a moment there when I thought I’d be a forever brown belt…lol…and you’re right, it’s all about the journey, and that journey doesn’t end when you get your black belt. There is a continuous learning process…learning new black belt forms, improving technique, speed and stamina, becoming an instructor, passing on the art…self-discipline…I’ve watched my sister’s life and commitment to taekwondo and her work ethic, discipline and loyalty…is second to none. The life skills crossover is undeniable. I wanted to hit this milestone before 40 and I did. I have no doubt your journey is and will continue to be absolutely amazing and inspirational. I’m rooting for you!

      • Thanks, Ia! Congratulations on passing your test–that is an amazing accomplishment. I’m testing for red belt next week, so I’ll be joining you in the black belt ranks before we know it.

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