Good news, I just heard that I passed the grading! That means I’m pretty much officially a 1st Gup now, or at least I will be once I get an extra tag of electrical tape tied around the end of my belt. It’s probably the first time I’ve sat down and thought about it properly, and it’s a really odd feeling. It’s three years now that I’ve invested in Tang Soo Do, at what, roughly three or four hours a week? By my reckoning that’s about six hundred hours spent sweating, panting and knackering myself out. In that time I’ve learned a lot about Tang Soo Do and karate in general, a bit about defending myself, and despite not being able to actually DO it all properly, I know what I SHOULD be doing most of the time .
I guess it starts getting really hard from here on in. How on Earth did I ever end up as the most senior gup grade??