Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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day 3 of promotion

After a grueling 31 rounds of fighting -- 16 two-minute rounds, 14 one-and-a-half-minute rounds, and a final two-minute round -- against fourteen black belts, all of whom are strong, powerful fighters, a couple of whom regularly compete in international fighting tournaments and often win them, I am now, at last, a second-degree black belt.

I'm coming down with a cold, but thanks to the magic of cold meds, I was able to survive it without too much problem. Which is to say I'm only mostly dead as opposed to all dead.

At the end of it, Shihan gave all five of us our belts. I actually have a new belt, as my old one was a size too small, so he had a new one made for me:

The top is the name of our association in Japanese kanji characters, the other end of the belt has my name in katakana characters over the two stripes that indicate that I'm now a nidan (second degree). Well, an approximation of my name, anyhow. When I got my first-degree belt, I was told that my first name was listed as "Kiisu," as there is no TH sound in Japanese.....

I might post more about this last day, which was the most grueling part, but right now I'm totally fucking exhausted. *laughs* Wrenn and I are gonna go have some lunch at a local diner, as I'm in desperate need of food.

But damn. I did it.

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