Since 2015, I’ve been doing taekwondo at Ryu’s Martial Arts; thanks to a Girl Scout trip to Ryu’s on my birthday, I received a special coupon for a trial month. I was the only one in my troop to try out classes at Ryu’s. Ultimately, I loved it and now, 3 years later, I’ve become a black belt! In addition to my training from white belt to bodan (the belt before black), a four-part test is required in order achieve a black belt. I had to complete an exam on my knowledge of taekwondo and Korean words; I had to write an essay on ‘What Does Black Belt Mean to Me’; and I had to complete an intensive route that included climbing and descending Bear Mountain then running around the Hessian Lake twice with my other fellow Black Belt candidates. The test ended with a grand evaluation at the biannual Black Belt Ceremony where the other candidates and I performed almost all of our curriculum from white belt to our recent belt through forms, sparring, self-defense techniques, and board-breaking.