I am born.
For me it is the beginning.
I am like new clay.
Ready to be molded, formed, shaped.
It has started.
Someone is always there to pick me up.
I am learning.
I can feel the changes around me, within me,
in the way I think, in the way I act.
I am growing.
I am able to draw from the strength of those around me.
With their encouragement they push me.
Push me beyond my frustrations, my self-doubts,
my self-imposed limits.
I try to be as good as they are.
They are friends.
I have come a long way, with yet a long way to go.
I have come farther than I thought I could or would.
I have learned, yet there are many things left to learn.
It has been a long road.
A long road made short by those along the way.
By the training, the discipline, the self-control,
the obedience, the hard work.
I am born.
For me, it is a beginning.
For their first degree Black Belts, candidates are required to write a paper. There are no set rules for this; most candidates describe how Se-Jong has affected their lives, some responses have been as simple (and complex) as a painting or an object, or a poem.