As I went through my mental and physical preparations for this test, I reflected back on the four years it has been since my last test. I have assisted and participated in many black belt test during this time, but it is very different when you are the one in the spotlight. A lot has happened to prepare me for this. A lot of training and physical preparations, but mostly mental preparations that come by way of teaching Tang Soo Do on a daily basis.
I was fortunate to test with some pretty good friends. The test was hard, but it was also fun and rewarding, to be testing with this group. I am forever grateful and humbled to test with each of these fine students. My wish for you is that you find your journey as rewarding as I have.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to my wife, Ellen and my family, especially Clarissa and Jessica, as I continue to pursue my martial arts training and development. Without their support, today would have never happened.
While many have contributed to my being here today, I know I would not be here without the continued support and wisdom of Grand Master Pak, and Senior Master Sixkiller and Senior Master Kramer. The list is to long to mention each person that has helped me on my journey individually, but I sense you know who you are. You all share in this success.
I also want to thank the students at Paks Ponte Vedra, for pushing me to be better each day. This achievement is as much about you as it is about me.
This continues to be an incredible journey, and being here today is such an honor.