I’m very happy today. During my Aikido class today, I finally earned my brown belt.

Once you get to brown in our school, you can be considered to be pretty skilled. After two years of work, I feel like my skills will kick in if I get into a situation where I need them to protect myself or others.

I still have a lot to learn. There are three levels of brown belt. So, it will be awhile before I reach black belt. But I’m very happy to be at brown now. It’s much farther than I ever thought I’d get when I started. I began studying Aikido in 2005 under sensei Michael Denton.