It's hard for me to believe that I have only been doing karate about 9 months. It's become such a regular commitment and an integral part of my life here. Today I passed my 7th Kyu grading and got my yellow belt.
I'm still a beginner, yet I can feel I have come quite a way since those awkward first steps as a white belt. Todays lesson was hard but I felt that the grading itself went well apart from one little mistake I made during the kihon (the basic practice) which I hope went unremarked because I did the rest well rather than that it just wasn't seen.
I'm grateful once again to Sensei Richard Hughes for his teaching and support. This last month I am especially grateful that he runs classes each weekday so I have been able to work around missing a few of my regular Tuesday classes.
Although I have really enjoyed practicing Heian Nidan (the 8th Kyu kata) I'm really looking forward to learning the next kata, and the kumite looks more interesting as well.