Orange Belt Grading for Pat Melling


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Orange Belt Grading

By Pat Melling on July 24, 2017 in Member Stories | comments

The Orange Belt journey for me was an amazing process, that only after grading am I truly appreciating. Arakan has positively influenced my life in many ways and i have felt through the grading process those life changes accelerate as I was pushed through my comfort zone again and again forming new and more powerful habits.

I failed my first orange belt attempt and since then It has taught me to let go of what you think you are capable of and instead be present with yourself and the pain and use it to fuel the fire.

At one point I found myself resisting to push forward and to grow and settling for the easy path and I can still hear my instructor Nathans voice saying "you've got to be hungry for it, I know you can do it, you know you can do it so let's go!". Many sweaty hours of sprints and conditioning amongst the grading preparation and now I look back and can see it was all for a reason. I learnt many great lessons through rob and my instructors and one that I think of every time I'm warming up is that the purpose of achieving your goal is so that you can set yourself a new one and continue building your threshold. Once you achieve your goal that is the new minimum not the new maximum.

A big thank you to my instructors for helping me to achieve my orange belt and to my fellow orange belt students who graded with me, you guys are my inspiration.







TESTIMONIALS

I’m in Barcelona in Spain at the moment, and was walking back to my hotel at 2am about half an hour ago. It’s known as a city of pickpockets and thieves, but the area where I was seemed ok. As I turned a corner, quite a large guy (well bigger than me) in a hoody came up of out the subway and stood in front of me motioning at my leather jacket. I couldn’t understand what he was saying, but I got the general idea. He tried to grab at me a couple of times, then swung a punch. I bridged his punch with my left hand and stepped straight in and backfisted him directly to his jaw. Josh would have been proud! I know he didn’t understand a word but I actually said the completely badass words “I trained ten years to meet you, is that all you’ve got!” 
 
He stumbled back and took off running back into the subway. I was not even worried at the time, it was just like all the training but easier. I had no idea how automatic everything would be! My heart wasn’t even beating fast after, I was just annoyed. It wasn’t until I got back to the hotel just now that I realised what actually happened! 
 
Thank you. I got to keep my leather jacket and out of hospital. 
 

Steve Gregory





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