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Mama That Could Get Her Black Belt | 9 Days to Black Belt – Practice at the park

Here’s a fun little video clip of me training at the local park with my partner, Rebecca. I’m grateful she is able to partner with me for my test. A great target/bag holder and committed partner helps make the journey so much smoother. Rebecca is a dedicated Tae Kwon Do student who is testing this month for her advanced Blue Belt, along with my son, Sol.

Since I missed a day of training due to a tummy bug, I made up for it with a workout at our local park. It was a good challenge working out on uneven ground.  It’s crazy, I think this is the strongest my legs have ever been.  I thought I was going to try to trim down for my test to be lighter on my feet, but it has been an asset to bulk up in my legs a bit.  It has helped with strength and power when I work on bag kicks.

My sister, Ma’am Polly Villatuya, is the owner of Villatuya’s Academy of Tae Kwon Do in St. George, UT. It means so much to me to have her as my instructor. She has graciously worked around my injuries this past year, yet doesn’t let up on disciplining me on my form and technique. She pushes me to just the right limit. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her, not just because she is my sister, but because she is an incredible Martial artist and instructor. So you know…I want to make my sis proud:-)

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Mama That Could Get Her Black Belt | 10 Days To Black Belt

Okay, 10 Days to black belt, and I’m freaking out just a little bit. I missed a day of training due to the stomach flu. I had to force myself to rest and recuperate, but I definitely felt the frustration in not being able to work out. I have had two previous shoulder dislocations and recently suffered a partial dislocation during training:-( So these setbacks have been a little discouraging, but this is not the time to give up!

I am absolutely determined to see this through! I’ve come way too far to quit or to postpone testing. I’m thankful for this shoulder support brace made by shock doctor. It gives me confidence that I will not re-injure the shoulder during training. I ice my shoulder immediately after training which helps with the inflammation. I’ve also been asking for prayers to see me through these final stages of training.

Overall, I’m feeling mentally strong and consciously working to not get too caught up in anxiety or fear. I feel the anxiety, the butterflies in the stomach, but I just pray, pray and pray some more. God is faithful…because He’s giving me the strength to persevere.

10 Days and counting…

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Mama That Could Get Her Black Belt | 40 Days To Black Belt Test | Tae Kwon Do

Here I am, 40 days away from my black belt test, working on some advanced kicking drills. I’m training with my sister, Ma’am Polly Villatuya, owner of Villatuya’s Academy of Tae Kwon Do in St. George, UT. My son, Sol, is a blue belt and is featured holding the target for me:-) These kicking drills on the target help strengthen focus, speed, coordination and timing. Kicks and combinations include:

Round kick
Round kick, step turn round kick
Round kick, spin kick
Round kick, step turn round kick, spin kick
Round kick, jump round kick