I like to think that earning a black belt is the beginning of a journey and not the end. Often times we'll see students whose end goal is to earn their black belt. Maybe they won't continue taking classes once that has been achieved, but even for those students, I believe it still holds true. You aren't a black belt only when you step onto the mats. It wasn't just the techniques and execution that got you through the test, but the perseverance and commitment. To earn your black belts means always seeking growth and improvement while reaching for your maximum potential. That is something you carry with you regardless of whether you ever step on the mat again.
Congratulations to our 2023 Spring Black Belt Class.
I am very proud of how hard you worked to get here and am excited what you achieve in this new chapter.