First Ever Belt Tests

To read more about my Karate Journey, you can read about my Shotokan, Multiple Belt Test and 5th Kyu to 4th Kyu Belt Test.

roundhousesnapkick02I wrote recently about stating to study Shotokan Karate at Samurai Dojo, which I started in June of this year.

On August 10th of this year, the dojo did belt testing for all the adults that were ready to test, and I was one of them.  There were five (5) students testing for their Yellow Belt, five (5) testing for their Orange Belt, and one (1) testing for his Blue Belt.  There are different ranks in different in styles of karate, and in my opinion, no one system is any better than any other.  Below is listed the different belt ranks for Shotokan and Matsubayashi-Ryu:

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Adventures in troubleshooting

So, my PC got infected with malware at some point in the last week or so. This was quite the event–I have layers of security to prevent such a thing. I have security at the router, Windows Firewall, a custom HOSTS file to block known bad sites, and only reason I still use Firefox, NoScript, an add-on that disables JavaScript by default unless sites are whitelisted. That should be standard on every browser, if you ask me, but that’s a whole other post. With all this security, my system has been squeaky clean for years. I cringe whenever I’m forced to get on my father’s laptop, because it’s crawling with garbage.

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