Friday, September 30, 2011

On getting first dan (black belt)

Earlier this month I've requested my coach to mail me a judo certificate and, well, yesterday I've received a document stamped and signed by the Ukrainian judo federation president officially acknowledging my rank and place in the federation. Apparently the rules have changed and the coaches and the federation awarded me with the first dan. Here is what I am on about, we used to have the Soviet system under which your rank and belt depend on your performance in the national and international tournaments, meaning that to get a certain rank, say a black belt, you'd have to win a national championship. But then again I can back it up with a bunch of diplomas, but now it's all official I guess.

I would like to thank my coach - Vladimir Kuspish, for providing me with the documents. Before this I wore a white belt, which was a little misleading. Well, off to the store or what?

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