A Goal is Not Always Meant To Be Reached – 1st Degree Black Belt Grading Postponed Until March 2014.

For those that are followers of my twitter account @thiswomansword , facebook friends and those that are readers of my blog, you would have  known that this morning would have been my 1st degree black exam in my chosen discipline, Kickboxing . On Friday afternoon, I suffered a little setback which left me no choice but to pull out at the eleventh hour and postpone by exam until March 2014. The funny thing is, I am surprisingly OK with this!

I know had I had made that trip up to Birmingham yesterday, I would have given everything I had both physically and mentally to ensure that I passed my assessment, and without going into detail, I couldn’t justify putting my boyfriend and I in a financial situation in order to grade.

I wholeheartedly believe that everything happens for a reason and see this minor setback  as an opportunity to further perfect my craft. I have another six months until the next black belt grading please god, and will use this time to keep my foot firmly on the gas during my training regime and crank up the levels in order to reach optimal fitness *beastmode tun up!*for I feel I haven’t reached this level yet and know I have waaay more to give!

As part of my preparation for March 14, I will also re-introduce Paul Zaichik’s Split Specific Exercises / Strength Conditioning back into the mix, a method that I attempted to follow but found it hard to incorporate as part of my daily regime due to work commitments. The Elastic Steel Method is pretty hard core, which will see me set aside 2 hours every 48 hours solely for split specific stretches, but know this will greatly help with my overall kicking ability and flexibility.

My goal is still in sight and one which WILL be achieved, it  has simply been moved to a later date in the future please god. We all suffer from setbacks in life, but it is how we choose to deal with them that matters. We can choose to feel sorry for ourselves or simply dust ourselves off a create a positive from such situations. I choose the latter!

As a reflect on the training I had put in for today, The legendary Bruce Lee’s quote comes to mind ““A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at”.

Regular posts on my kb training and splits routine will be shared with you right here, so do keep posted on my journey to becoming a 1st degree black belt in kickboxing which will allow me to be promoted from a qualified coach to an instructor running my own classes 🙂

Let’s Goooo!

(picture cortesy of @hazpics)

  • Dani, I’m happy for you! I’m sure you have made the right choice…everything happens for a reason! Looking forward to following your journey to success!
    …I’m trying to learn splits too…but every few months I get set back with an injury 🙁 I won’t give up though!! EVER!! .

    • Dani

      Ahhh thank you Elle! I look forward to sharing the good, the bad and the ugly part of training with you all. Splits has been a goal of mine of the absolute longest and am not blessed with natural flexibility like my two younger Sisters. As a martial artist and aspiring kb instructor I neeeeed to get this down before March 14. Practice makes perfect, keep trying and you WILL be able to do the splits x

  • Naf

    Hi Dani,
    I just stumbled on your website like 5 minutes ago while randomly browsing the web. Am an 18 year old girl and I do Taekwondo. I know it’s not the same as kickboxing but it’s quite similar. I really don’t know how to make you understand how much you have inspired me. I have this dream of being the best in my country and continent and sometimes some challenges try to destruct me from that path. We aren’t so privileged and I myself am not even recognized as a fighter yet. But I have this intense assurance that my dream will come true. And I have just seen that through your blog and all your articles. You have such a good heart. You know that quote that says,” …and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do so” ? you have inspired me. God bless you love. God bless you so much.

    • Dani

      Hi Naf, thank you sooo much for your kind words and for passing by to read my blog! I don’t think you realise just how much your words mean to me. I literally had to stop myself from tearing up at work whilst reading your comment as nothing is more special to me than knowing I have played a part in inspiring others xX. I am beyond glad that you connect with the messages I try to project out into the world via my blog. Regardless of the setbacks we face, we should remain positive and have the self belief that we can achive anything we want in life, so long as we are willing to put in the HARD WORK for it. If we get our minds right the rest will fall into place and most importantly NEVER EVER Give Up! Wishing you the very best of luck in your Taekwondo journey, I love the fact that more young girls and ladies are taking up combat sports as their preferred method of keeping fit. Keep pushing hun and you will achieve your goals *stay focused* Sending blessings to you on this Monday afternoon and hope you pass by my blog again for more inspiration and motivation. With love Dani x