A grading is made meaningful by what you’ve had to overcome to get it

Iain Abernethy

I’ve paraphrased it a little because he was talking about dan black belt gradings in 2020. I think this sentiment applies to anyone grading in 2020, who has kept training through lockdowns and distance rules, and all the other hard things about a pandemic. And it applies to anyone that has overcome injury, mental illness, simple impatience, to persevere, train, and grow.

Published by Kristen S.

Kristen (kristarella) is a Happiness Engineer for Automattic (, karate-ka 🥋, musician 🎸, artist 👩🏻‍🎨, craftist 🧶, and lego enthusiast 🧱

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