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    Working toward a black belt in karate can sometimes leave you feeling blue. On the eve of starting a months-long intensive training program in preparation for a 1st dan black belt exam, I tore the ACL in my left knee. I had arthroscopic surgery to reconstruct my ligament on April 11, 2008 and have begun the journey to recovery.
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Sunday Morning Karate

About a year and half ago, a fellow green belt and I were standing around before one of our Sunday morning open workouts chatting with one of our black belts who rarely came to these classes.  I asked the black belt about her appearance that day, and she replied that she typically goes to church on Sunday mornings and was actually feeling a little guilty about missing it.

“Yeah, well, karate is kind of like church,” I offered.

“Kind of,” she replied dubiously, “except without God and without the praying.”

“Oh, I don’t know,” piped up the other green belt, “I find myself praying a lot during class!”