The Path To Black Belt Part 2

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It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. Socrates. A quote that we were talking about in part a or part one of this conversation on achieving black belt or being an expert in whatever discipline you may be chasing, whether it’s taekwondo, whether it’s krav maga, BJJ, the path to black belt is a long one, and there’s many obstacles that stand in your way.

And the biggest one being your own head. What you’re thinking. You’ve got to be mentally strong here@rmsdf.com. We start our kids classes off with, why are we here? To build a strong mind and a strong body. I always tell those kids, it’s the mind that’s going to carry you the furthest.

Your mind, what’s happening to you, people bringing you down, not believing. You’ve got to fight the voice in your head and going, I can do this. I can do this. There’s plenty of mantras that you can come up with, but you’ve just got to tell yourself, get out of bed and do something.

Even if you’re getting out of bed and doing ten push ups, just get out of bed. I tell people I’m tired every morning when my alarm goes off. Um, I’m from New England. If you don’t catch it here and there in my accent that comes out here and there, I saw.

Mac. Uh, Mac. Mark. I don’t say Mac. No, you don’t say mark like that. That I get the dunkin’donuts guy in my head.

Time to make the donuts. Get up and you know donuts, they’re terrible. As Jocko says, sugar coated lies. But get out of bed. Time to make the donuts. Time to get up and fight. Be a shark. Go after it. Get out there and eat something. Eat some protein. That’ll do you, uh, a ton of good.

Eat more protein that you just got to get up and do it. You got to start that day. Like, all right, I’m getting up, and I’m getting after it. I am going to work out today. You might have to be mental training when you’re driving to work, but usually you can carve out even five minutes of your day.

But that is the biggest problem. People get in their own head, and then it’s the calendar. I don’t have any time. Get off the device, get up early, get after it. Just simply saying you’re going to do it is just number one because there’s always, oh, do you want to go golfing today?

No, I was going to class today. I am training. I’m, um, hitting the gym. People just let little things. Oh, after work, do you guys want to go get a beer? How gosh, you look at these places after work and they’re packed. Get out of there. Is it really doing you any good?

There’s social connections. At any good gym, you’re going to get the same benefit, but people are going to bring you down. Come on, it’s just one. Come on and join us. It’s just one workout. You miss one workout, it makes the second one even easier. And I just say it just keeps compounding.

You miss two. All of a sudden it’s four. All of a sudden it’s been a month, and all of a sudden it’s been a quarter. It just goes and goes. You’ve got to stay the path and not let people get in your way. And so many times people will tell you you’re obsessed, oh, uh, why?

You don’t need that. Somebody actually going to attack you. You’re really going to need that. And they try to bring you down and all of a sudden it’s one workout and it’s ten. So you got to stay the path and you’ve got to put it on your calendar and stick to it, carve out that time, rearrange things.

It’s amazing what a lot of, uh, work environment, like, hey, work later, come to a noon class and stay later. And that might be more efficient in your day, too, because you’re missing rush hour. Go to an earlier class. Hey, if I stay later, a lot of workplaces, and sometimes they start to see that productivity in that healthier, um, employee.

They’re like, wow, they’re happier. You’re getting more done. You’re more efficient in your day by coming in a little bit later and staying later. Hey, is that still an eight hour workday? Maybe it’s retail and different things. Obviously different jobs are different, but getting over that plateau was kind of where we ended, and it’s that we always want to learn something new.

Josh kind of touched upon it and it’s satisfying. It’s great to learn things new, but it’s not always the answer, and it’s definitely not the way to get a black belt in a discipline. But a lot of people cannot overcome that plateau, and they just want to go to a new martial art.

And now I’m learning things new, so I feel like I’m so much better because I’m learning new things, and I always look at different people that they’ve never mastered it. You’ve got five certifications and different martial arts or whatever it is, it could be fitness, and you haven’t mastered a single one of them because you haven’t devoted the time, because you just spread too thin.

And that’s a dangerous path of trying to incorporate too many things and doing too much. And it doesn’t make you any safer, because you’re doing three different styles, being diverse. And we always say here at, uh, RMSDF, be diverse. There is no way. And then that’s what first drew me to Krav Maga, that it’s got to be diverse.

You got to let new things in. And I think some, uh, programs don’t filter in enough over the years of looking at new things and bringing in new things, but that’s kind of a different topic. Haven’t brought in Josh. He’s frustrated over there. I was just hanging out, listening to you talk.

If you’re pontificating, I’ll let you go. I love to tease Josh. What you’re talking about is something who’s. Do you want to be that jack of all trades fighter where you don’t really master one thing, and you’re constantly going from gym to gym, and if you try that same thing in your professional life, you’re going to realize that you haven’t mastered something, which means you haven’t really become valuable to a company.

Right. It. Because there’s a million of you. If you’re a jack of all trans. Yeah. But there’s always somebody who wants the specialist to some degree. And that’s why I don’t go and do a whole bunch of gyms at the same time. I’m having a hard enough time learning Kraft maga, let alone going.

Learning Krav and then going BJJ and then going karate and then going Akito and then going all. You’re working your citizen defense. Yeah, there’s that, too. Right? Wow. And you’re trying to learn Krav at the same time. And, of course, they meet beautifully. They do. Um, with incorporating your hand to hand skills with your pistol craft.

But it’s a big junk. That’s where I was, like, get in more. Josh. Get in more classes out of that snuggle time. No, she’s bringing. You.

Know, she’ll say. She’ll. She’ll say to you, just keep him. But you know what I’m talking about, right? Like, jack of all trades is great. You can do a lot of a little stuff, right? And for some people, that’s fine, but you’ll never get to the point where you can say, I’ve gotten really good at this.

Right? Yeah. Uh, you can only be okay at something, and it’s okay to be okay at things, but sometimes you want to be really good at one particular skill set you do, no matter what that is, whether it be in job or martial arts. And, I mean, that’s why I try not.

I’m not going to jump to other gyms and stuff like that. I can barely keep up with what I want to do here, let alone doing another gym. And I see that some, uh. Sure, maybe you can learn that stuff, and it is a fast way to learn, but I don’t know, I kind of want to stick to one thing and see how good I can be at that.

Yeah. And as a gym owner, you probably see that a lot. Do you get people that show up that have been training at a dozen different gyms, and they just want to try something new? And they’re here for that cup of coffee, right? Are they here? Yeah, there’s those people I always like who I do.

Uh, our old paper waiver. I forget. I’m sure there’s something on our digital waiver now, um, in a text box. But, gosh, I had one time, it’s just martial arts experience. And then in the line, on your regular sheet of paper, there’s just that. Fill in the blank for a sentence.

Or, like, taekwondo boxing. And this dude went, I don’t have enough space. I’m like, okay, use the back. Okay. And, uh. Oh, my God, did this dude suck. He was out of control and even like, oh, he had so much on there. Of all the martial arts he did.

I forget what he did in class. He might have stomped on somebody’s head. He might have stomped on somebody’s head. I can’t remember.

I’m pretty sure. What’s that, intentionally? Well, you’re simulating stuff, right? And you got carried away or whatever. I want to say it was on Nantucket. It was in. We were in an aerobics room, so it was a wood floor, and I’m pretty sure he, like, stomped on somebody’s head.

Um, I remember going like, okay, martial artist dude. Like, whoa, settle down. Don’t actually stomp. Simulate. Go slow and smooth. Where people. God, people have a hard time. I was just yelling at a student because they weren’t listening. Like, how many times? Slow and boom with the padline. Slow, self correct.

See the mistake that you’re making? And it was a jump. Like, then I yelled, like, all right, you just did three times super hard. I’m like, no, slow and smooth is this way. See your overhand right? Come in and land on that pad. Look at the position of where you’re at and where your elbow, like, slow it down.

Um, but for a martial artist, I’m like, dude, you’re out of control. When he wrote all these martial arts on there, I’m like, trouble, trouble. Now, the best ones, I’ve had really good fighters come in and be like, I’ve done some tie boxing. Yeah, they’ve been in the ring.

This guy was, um. Then I’m thinking of was he either turned pro or he had, like, one more fight back in Europe. He was from Liverpool, and I think he had one more fight to be pro. Wow. And he’s like, a little bit. I’ve done some thai boxing, and he thinks I can get better, right?

And that’s where I’m at. I always think I can get better at just pure self defense. Like, I can get better. There’s another scenario. Running through those endless possibilities of things that can happen to you. Sure. Just the little one that you did to me this morning of, like, you put a knife to my throat, I had my eyes closed, and boom, there’s a guy on you.

Worst case scenario. And you said something about, um, your daughter’s coming with me. And then you try to pat me, like, shake me down for money, and you’re just heads going, like, wait a second. My daughter’s here. What the hell is this crazy dude doing? Just that little thing makes the scenario so much different.

Then all of a sudden, you’re, like, patting me down. You’re like, boop on the gun, and scenarios on from there. Yeah. And then it’s just endless. I just think I suck and I need to get better. Like, the guy you were just talking. About that wrote down all of those martial arts in the sheet.

It’s like he got stuck in a perpetual beginner mode. He was always beginning again. Yeah, always. So you’re always stuck at the beginning, right? You’re always stuck, but not according to that. They mastered it in their own head. Well, you’re still stuck at the beginning. Like, we know they’re still at the beginning, right?

Yeah. And that’s something that I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be stuck as a beginner my whole life. I’d rather at least be able to hang my hat on some stuff. Like, I’ve completed this, and that’s why I stick with one thing, and I just don’t want to be stuck in that.

Right. Because you’ll never reach a plateau if you’re in a constant beginner, because you always feel like you’re climbing, even though you’re just learning a lot of beginning stuff. You never get that chance to go beyond a beginner. And maybe that works for some people, doesn’t work for me.

But you’ve obviously seen it, right? And you saw it in an inexperienced fighter who thought they were good. So classic Dunning Kruger syndrome there, right? Yeah, classic. Classic. I’m better than I am. Yeah. God, so many people. Hey, what was your biggest plateau you hit in, let’s say, your crab journey?

We won’t talk about the taekwondo one yet. But where was that point where you’re,

know, I don’t know. Did you have that? You always like gung ho and you’re. Like, let’s do it. I had herniated the disc way back when. It’s got to be like, 1819 years ago now. And I was teaching from the floor. I was, like, sitting. Really? Um. That sucked.

Uh, I had just built my first gym on Nantucket because rent is so expensive there. So I built a cottage master, um, plan to increase property values. But it was $200 or $300 on my mortgage. And, gosh, it was worth it. Yeah. I mean, God, I mean, what freaking rent cost per month in Castroc alone?

Never back. Um, then of, like, it was kind of a no brainer, a lot of sweat equity. But I was into that new place, and you’re super excited, and I herniated a disc, um, carrying in a focus master, um, piece of equipment, big steel thing that held, essentially focus mitts, really, and a target that you could kind of do some.

Not as, again, stationary. Um, it was pretty good. Sometimes I’m like, it was big. Um, took up space. You can only, like. They were expensive to have a gym full of those, or enough for even six people to do stations on them. So I had carried that in and tweaked.

Kind of hurt myself. But then I hurt myself carrying a mattress, um, into a house. Just the same movement. Almost hit a light, and that one sucked. Just getting over that and coming back and having to go slow. But that’s an injury. Yeah, those are injury catalyst events. Where is that one?

Where you’re sitting there like that makes you like, that sucks. Where you can’t train. A lot of times you just keep showing up. I’m trying to think of a plateau just driven by it. You definitely feel the plateau, but I just keep going. I suck. Keep going. Like you don’t have this down.

Fight that voice in your head. Uh, just keep coming. I suck. Keep going. Somebody’s better than you. There’s always somebody better than you. Keep training. So every time I’ve kind of hit a plateau, always just say, you’re not that good. Keep training. Keep training. And work through it is generally my plateaus.

You feel it. I just keep telling myself I suck. Keep training. Somebody’s better. Somebody’s out there training. You’re not that good at it. Keep getting better. You can get better at this. Keep going, keep going. Yeah, you’ve got to find that drive in people though. And then you’ve got to stoke that fire.

Still, uh, as a coach that’s different. Well that’s different than your journey. That’s like talking about being a coach. Uh, but when you start to advance up and you’re seeing that finish line kind of get into those advanced belts that you’re getting closer. We kind of say at our gym here we’ve inserted a belt in a little bit.

It’s just for pure motivation for people. So they are getting uh, a shorter journey between belts of uh, trying to fight that out, fight people from quitting and having it too long spaced out that we’ve inserted belts or two belts. But once you kind of get into that blue, brown and red here at RMsdF you’re in those advanced belts, you’re seeing the finish line now.

I’m like double down, you better. Becoming more, hitting some beginner classes, making sure your fundamentals are good and not being the uh, advanced student in those classes. It’s going in with an open mind of listening again and checking and listening to what the coach is saying. Even though you’ve heard it so many times like oh, it doesn’t matter, don’t check out, check yourself.

I’ve been saying lately, run that system check. Where are your hands? Where’s your feet? How’s your fight stance? Did you recoil? That punch your elbows in tight your body? Yeah, I’ve heard it. Yeah. Like run a system check. People just check out all the time and little things can happen to your technique that, oh, it’s your hands drifting away in your fight stance.

Oh, your footwork isn’t that great. Double down on everything as you approach that black belt. Uh, do something more. I know when we say schedule is always tough. If you can’t double up on a class and come back, maybe you’re hitting double sessions. Maybe you’re doing crab in the morning and you’re coming back for our fitness class.

Maybe you’re doing a run because you can’t. Maybe you’re doing something at your lunch break. I see people go easy on themselves. That can be, do one of ours, do one. Come to our fire breather class. Ask, talk to me. Don’t show up to a class that you’re not invited to.

That’s where it’s a little bit of a coaching session. But once you’re into that advanced section, uh, on our self defense side, you should be starting to get at least close to your feet wet. Assisting a class. Sometimes we’re just pure working out in that, um, fitness side. We just call it the fire breather class.

Kind of like the peaceful warrior, um, that we might be talking about coaching or something like that. But a lot of times just hitting a hard workout together in that camaraderie of hitting a hard workout and you might not like it. Good. I think it’s functional fitness that it’s a fantastic thing for any fighter.

But find sometimes people go too easy on themselves and now that can be the opposite. There are the driven people that are going to put a hard workout together. There are members that go and go to members RMSDF M and follow the workout and try to do the workout on their own.

Sure. And keep track of your time and do it a week later, do it a month later on that same workout without cheating your standards. God, it’s so hard not to cheat a movement in the attempt of going faster. You’ve got to be just hardcore on your movement. Yeah, you kind of taught me that with, uh, the round kicks to the bag.

You want us to go a thousand times, but you got to keep that good technique while you do it and it’s easy to watch the technique drop off. Try to do fast, do five push ups fast, five round kicks fast, five push ups fast. It doesn’t really matter. It’s doing it with purpose because you understand plateaus.

Do you see it in your students sometimes and do you feel like you got to coach them through those moments.

Uh, in the first, um, episode? So go back. I hadn’t kind of lost my train of thought in thinking about what you were talking about, I’m always here. I think that’s any of the coaches will give you a couple of minutes. Sometimes it’s like, schedule a private lesson, get an email.

Sometimes I’m like, hey, it’s going to be way faster to jump on a five minute call, but we are here sometimes. People will always push for more. Sure. And that’s something. As a business owner, you’re like, God, sometimes all of a sudden you’ve taken an hour, 2 hours. Because it’s always like, I want five minutes of your time, and it’s really 20.

Yeah. Um, but we are here for you. A quick five minute motivation of, hey, I’m struggling through, hey, boom. Here’s an idea. Go back and listen this whole episode. But, people, it’s surprising. We had a guy quit, um, a couple of months back, and in the exit, uh, cancellation form again, we kind of hit it in the first episode of, oh, I felt scat.

Things felt scattered between different classes and different coaches. I’m like, everything’s scattered the first month, the first two months, the first three months, you’re learning every month. There’s a bunch of new curriculum on there. So everything for you is the new person. Be prepared to suck. And this guy, you’re like, you’re looking for private lessons.

What you want is private lessons or semi private lessons, not a group class. You want to come in and you just want to work on your front kicks over and over and over again. That’s phenomenal. But that’s also called a semi private or private class where, what do you want to work on today, Josh?

And just continuing on that one person’s journey. People don’t understand, hey, it’s a class. We’re always working fundamentals here. But, yeah, you’re going to be learning different things in a group class. And some people go, I’ve, uh, mastered that. I’m too good for this. We’re learning the same thing, trying to make everybody happy.

They’re like, oh, then maybe the advanced class, the peaceful warrior is your track. You think you got this down and communicate with your coach or the gym owner of like, hey, this is how I’m feeling in a class. It is so surprising how many people will not say, I’m feeling stagnant in a class.

Maybe it’s like, hey, okay, come on to the beginner advanced class and get your butt handed to you, figuratively speaking. Um, that you feel like a newbie with that newbie stuff by training with more advanced people. But it’s surprising how many people won’t communicate. Yeah, it’s a hard thing.

It’s definitely outside of here. I’m a quiet person. Yeah. They, uh, don’t want to speak constantly. Feel I can be better as a parent. My wife hears things and she’s like, well, man, it takes me a while to process things. Like, I don’t hear it in the moment. She’s phenomenal at different things like that.

I am not. But people need to communicate with their coach. You’re feeling this way. Maybe it’s one private class, maybe it’s two. And you’re going to accelerate. It’s our accelerated learning program. It’s going to help you. Maybe you just need a little bit of a kickstart for you and, uh, what the benefit of that individual class is going to up and help you feel better about yourself, where we can go.

Okay, Josh, this is so common. I had somebody that did actually communicate. She was an a student the day she walked in. I’m like, this person is a total fit. They’re going to sign up. Total doing great. And I think I’m going to quit. I’m like, what are you talking about?

I’m slowing down the class. We talk about it here. I’m like, no, you’re not. Everybody slows down the class. Everybody’s here to help you get a little bit better. Everybody that comes in, people slow down and help them along the path, but they couldn’t get it. Like, I’m slowing down.

I stink compared to everybody else. I’m like, you’re an AE student. You’re doing better than everybody else in class when they were whatever ten classes, whatever number it was, you’re two months in. And that self doubt that everybody’s better, but they’ve been here for a year. You’re so much further ahead of them.

But that self doubt still creeps into the best of so. And they didn’t even know they’re natural. I did watch, uh, a young student to one of our, Braden was the instructor, say that he had something down, and I saw a look in Brayden’s eyes and he made him do fundamental stuff all day and picked it apart.

And that’s when I was like, there’s no such thing as having anything done or mastered. You just don’t. Because the moment you try to do it again, you can clean it up every time. You do it every time. And you want to talk about challenging a coach to kind of make your life miserable in that moment, you know what I mean?

Don’t say you’ve got something? Because they will quickly remind you that you don’t. Yeah, teenage boys, boys in general. Sometimes they’re like, oh, I’m ready for my yellow belt test. The first one, everybody’s always anxious and different things. I’m like, close your eyes and just attack them with a yellow belt thing or just a, uh, very basic 101 thing.

And they fail. Nothing like, okay, so you were ready and I just did this to you. Even you tell them, hey, I’m going to do, um, basic choke, or I’m going to push you and throw a combative at you, whatever it may be. And, oh, hey, I thought you had this down.

It’s not memorizing it, it’s, can you do it? And it’s yellow belt caliber is what I’m talking about. But sometimes they just freeze up or they take seconds to figure it out to go. What’s the technique? And even not like, just have a. Basic be scrappy if you had it.

They’re not even scrappy with it. But, um, the finish line. The finish line, you’ve got to double down, guys. You absolutely have to. It’s time to ramp it up. Whether it’s getting together with a friend and training outside of class, that a day might work better for you, of, uh, a Sunday work out with a friend.

You’ve got to do something. You’ve got to shadow box for 30 minutes. By all means, uh, carve out 30 minutes in your freaking basement and shadow box and do shadow self defense work. That stuff. You’ve got to double it down, I think, a lot of times. And it’s up to you what caliber black belt are you going to be?

Are you going to be the top of the class or are you going to be in the middle? Or are you going to be in the bottom? It’s up to you, I always say. There’s the doctor. That was the top of the class and the bottom of the class.

Same thing with black belts. Which one are you going to be? Just meeting the standard or exceeding it? I always try to exceed it. You want to be the best?

I don’t know. That’s getting into the coaching. Sometimes I’m like, uh uh, you don’t meet mine, but do you meet the minimum? You can’t fire people for being mediocre. That’s what I’ve learned in this world. Yeah, you’ve been trying to fire me. For a long time, so I’m out.

You are fired. But you keep showing up. So I’m like, I guess he is still here. Um, so double down, double down now. Getting that black belt, getting it. We talked about the black belt is just the person that just keeps showing up. It’s a white belt that just turns black from grime and dirt and sweat and blood and tears and everything else.

But it really is not the end. It really is not. The higher up, uh, I get, the longer I train. It’s just unbelievable that the enlightenment and what you thought is a first degree black belt, 2nd, 3rd, fourth, and going, what did I think there? How was I? And then with age becomes experience, the older you get.

All those other factors play into where you’re at in that black belt journey because sometimes you’re like, you might be stuck there because you’re 20. And that maturity wise, uh, of that whole journey is really tough and that’s a harder one to, uh, I think nail down with people of like, well, what do I need?

Sometimes you’re just like, I just need to see it. What is it? I just need to see it. Each journey is different. I have a question about journeys, like, to that black belt. Once you’re there, what is, uh, the attitude of the person and their maturity level? Do you see a correlation between maturity and black belt?

Or are you talking just like the 18, uh, year old? I know some 30 year olds that are about as mature as the 13 year old sometimes, right? Yeah. So what does that look like? I mean, what does that person have to look like? What does their maturity have to be once you get black belt, right?

You might not get black belt if you’re immature. Yeah. If you’re a spas, sure. If you can’t check your ego, you probably didn’t make maybe that’s the word I’m thinking. Ego. They probably didn’t make it, right? They probably didn’t make it to black belt being immature. That’s where we have like you have to live on your own or at least sign into the military before I’m going to give you a black belt.

You’re not living with mom and dad. At least have m the attitude of like, okay, you were in that whatever 1718 there’s been those few kids that you need to be out on your own or at least signed into the military of going, uh, I’m joining the military. Sure.

To me that you’ve reached kind of a different maturity, but you’re still, you’re an 18, you’re a 19 year old black belt. There’s so much more out there to your journey there. You’re like first degree to second might take longer. What’s the growth as you go through that, everybody’s journey is different, and it might take you longer.

It just depends, really. But I don’t think you’re making it. Yeah. And appreciating the black belt, do you find people who are older appreciate the work more than the youth? Because that’s just the ignorance of youth. Right. Is that you don’t appreciate what you have. And that’s got to be a big.

Factor of it, because that older person had to work harder for it. That might have come easy for you. You get your black belt in your twenty s like, God, that’s the easiest time in the world to get your black belt. That’s where I’ve put a black belt in a weight fest and going, do you understand what it means to be 20 pounds overweight?

Ten pounds overweight, and what these people that haven’t done anything for ten years, 20 years, or this woman just had a baby six months ago, and here you’re 20 something years old. Put on this weight vest, and I’m going to ride you the whole class of why can’t you?

Sure. Like, what’s going on? Oh, you’re 20 pounds overweight all of a sudden. Uh, every journey is different, and they might hit an obstacle that the older black belt rides over easier just because of overall life. Maturity. Sure. Um, but it definitely. The older you are, more wisdom. But now you’re banged up, now you got to go through all these things.

So everyone’s different. Right. Every journey is going to be a little different, but I don’t think the immature person is getting their black belt. Yeah. Because I wish I had done this 20 years ago just for my body and my mind. Right. And it’s just so much harder now.

But I did not have the maturity to be able to grasp what it takes to be black belt. You enjoy it. Right? There’s that. I got it. I’ve earned it. But the younger person would think they’re done. The ego gets in the way. All right, I’ve done it. I’m out.

Yeah. The older person, just your inexperience in life can get in the way. And there’s other people that aren’t. They’re immature, and everyone’s, uh, a little different there. We’ve got a lot of young black belts in the school, and they’re all amazing. There’s some really mature individuals, and that’s a testament use as an instructor.

Right. I mean, you’ve gotten in there and you had to test them, and they had to earn it. Yeah. Good. Job. Thanks. You get one every once in a while. Every once in a while. Um, but I think people look at, and that’s why we say it’s conditional.

Like, you’ve gone through the test and let’s see if you’re going to keep riding it. Of course, people could always think, uh, is that the right thing to do? Because they can still quit as soon as you give them the black belt. But they took that test. Okay, now I want to see a few things.

I want to see it from you that you are going to continue on that path and not quit. But of course you can get that black belt and that certificate and quit. But it’s really not the end. It is such the beginning. I just look at it like first degree.

It’s just like, oh, my gosh, that was terrible. Oh, uh, man, I had so much further to come. But you’ve come a long way. Celebrate that. I always say, like, celebrate that belt, be happy. But now you are onto the journey, onto the next one. Be happy. This weekend, you’ve passed the test Monday, get up and get out of bed.

And now it’s a new journey and a new goal because it truly isn’t. I mean, 1st, second, and just getting through and even being like, I’m ready, I’m ready. I should be third degree. I’ve spent so much time, goodness, it’s taken me, I tell all my first degrees. It took me like nine to ten years somewhere to get my black belt because I wanted to be the top of my class.

There was injuries and like you said, uh, there was things that got in the way and I wasn’t in this big rush. I wanted to be the best I could. I wanted to be at the top of the class. So I wasn’t going to just rush it for the sake of rushing it because there’s a time people just get locked into that.

I think too much. It’s good and it’s also bad. Like everything else, there’s the pro and con to everything and I think, what’s up? Been here for four years.

I’ve got this many classes and I like, don’t forget, guys, that’s the minimum. What we put on our belts here at RMSDF are the minimum. Are you going to be the minimum or are you going to be the top of your class and really master it? It is a lifelong journey.

We’ve got a thing coming up. Speaking of black belt and all my candidates here, it’s, uh, like always something as a small business owner, we have not done something that you guys need for your black belt. And that is the pepper spray and taser experience. Come ride the taser and taste the pepper spray.

You do not want some wacko spraying you with pepper spray out in the streets. Just like I tell little kids, you don’t want the first punch in your nose to be out in the street. How are you going to react? How are you going to handle it? You’re in here and you’re sparring or even just somebody accidentally punches or kicks you.

That’s just experience. It’s getting you better. So we have that coming up. Save the date, February 24. Off the top of my head, that is on a couple of things. It’s on our band app. Ah, here for you guys, members, RMSDF. We haven’t posted a link here. I think I’m going to go old school on that, uh, comment on the band post that.

I think it was sign me up and we will just sign you up. There’s no link. There’s no checkout page created for it. We’re just going to do a sign up sheet here in the gym, and you can get that experience of getting a taser ride and trying to fight through.

And what can you do once you get pepper spray in your face? And it is a requirement here for black belt. I’m going. You’re going? I’m doing it. I’m doubling. In. Uh, I got to go do ids training. February. We’ll cancel it that day. Wrap it up, all right?

Don’t tell me to wrap it up, Josh. You’re not the boss of me. All right, guys, thanks for joining us on this conversation of, uh, the path to black belt. All right, guys, get out there, train hard, and suck less.

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