Last week I participated in my first Tae Kwon Do test. It was the hardest thing I have done physically in years (other than childbirth). It was three hours of constant kicking, patterns, sparring and, finally, board breaking. I broke my board on the first kick--AWESOME!
I passed my test and received my new belt. It feels great to have achieved this first step in my marital arts journey. I don't know if I will make all the way to a black belt; I can only take it one step at a time and celebrate the accomplishments as they come.