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My Black Belt Test Begins on 12/01/2013 

So I will be starting my Black Belt test on December 1st. I'm getting started with the preparation work now because... Well because I'm really excited and because I want to be ready. So here I'm just going to lay out the requirements. I have to start with that because I'm still getting a handle on what this means to me intellectually; I'm still processing what it means to me to be at this point in my martial arts training. So...


  • No quitting (that's not gonna happen!)
  • 50,000 push-ups and crunches 
  • 1,000 repetitions of kata (I will focus on Kusanku)
  • 1,000 rounds of sparring
  • 1,000 mile journey (I've decided to bump this up to 2400 miles)
  • 1,000 acts of kindness
  • 15 minutes of daily meditation
  • 6 books completed
  • 1 personal goal (1/2 Iron Triathlon - June 8th)
  • Weekly journal entries
  • 12 video blogs
  • Empathy training
  • Seek out a Master (Kyoshi Marilyn Fierro)
  • Community service project
  • Memorize the Black Belt Pledge
  • Essay on What a Black Belt Means to Me

And I'm adding a few more for myself:
  • The additional 1,400 miles
  • Conquer 3 personal fears (ride a horse, scuba dive, _____)
  • Break 1:46:00 for 1/2 marathon 

I have a spreadsheet that I'll use to track my progress and I'll be looking into how to share that here. I have a couple of awesome running buddies that will keep my weekend mileage up. We will be running a 1/2 marathon every month and two of us are doing CIM here in a few weeks. I also have a few cycling friends who promise to help keep me motivated and drag me out for some long rides. 

Basically, what I'm saying is, I'm planning. I'm ready to get this thing going. So... let's go! 

Here's a link to my Google Blog. I will be putting everything here too, but just so you have it:

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Comment by Mike Oliver on November 20, 2013 at 11:37am

Thank you for sharing your goals online. Now you have hundreds (thousands?) of accountability buddies.

Comment by Chris Mathias on November 16, 2013 at 11:21am

You go Ms. Scott!  This is Little Dragons Cole's mom, Chris. You mentioned to us that your folks moved to Tucson, if you ever have any plans to visit them and are in need of a riding partner, please let me know. I can put you in contact with a good friend of mine that does some long distance biking. 

I greatly admire your stamina and drive!

Comment by Delores M. Snellings on November 15, 2013 at 9:15am

Atta girl!  You are on you're way.  Thinking good thoughts for you. 

Comment by David Wiest on November 15, 2013 at 7:24am

The Wiest Family is here to support you too!  Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you on this amazing journey!

Comment by Leslie Stair Sabrinas mom on November 15, 2013 at 3:45am

: )

Comment by Katrina Smalley on November 14, 2013 at 10:05pm
Yea! Ethan and I look forward to sharing your adventure.

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