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This is the session at the end of Day 1 of the 3-day StrongFirst Girya certification in Houston, Texas–the first for the new organization since Pavel (“The Chief”) parted ways with Dragon Door, the RKC/HKC certifying organization.
The candidates are earning their supper, and giving the rest of us examples of excellent form under load! More than that, knowing how exhausted and probably ravenous they already are, I see perseverance and grit and sheer gut-it-out determination in action.
Respect to them.
So many faces here are familiar and already dear to me–teachers who have been by my side throughout my own journey, though they didn’t know it: Tracy and Mark Reifkind (The Queen of Swing and The Rif), Andrea U-Shi Chang, Dave Whitley (The Iron Tamer), The Chief.
2016 will be my year to go through this rite of passage. I’ll turn 50, and what better way to celebrate? Go big or go home!
I’ll be watching and posting these broadcasts throughout the weekend, and hope that you’ll watch, too.