by Brianna G. Harte
You can’t become a green belt in a week,
for it’s not just a symbol of knowledge
or a decoration to be displayed.
It is your strength
that sweat poured over to build.
It is your honor
that never wavered when put in a position to protect.
It is your dedication
sworn by months, years in the dojo.
It is your willingness to learn more
never to end, to continue for the brown and black.
It is your spirit
as you embody the characteristics of a true martial artist.
It’s not something randomly bestowed.
Just like any medal,
it is earned.
Only then is does it have true value.
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