Black belt in Muay Thai
On May 2nd 2014 I tested for a Black Belt in Muay Thai at Elite Training Center.
To prepare for this test I started running to improve my cardiovascular condition since a black belt in Muay Thai test is hours long (at the end of it, even if your body and mind is exhausted, you have to look like a black belt). I “carbo-load” the day before the test as in preparation of the athletic event.
I also made sure that the week prior to the test I didn’t hurt myself or over-train to ensure my body to be 100% ready, I didn’t want to be sore the day of the test; I expect the next few days to be sore!
The atmosphere at Elite was relaxed at first and then all the Instructors got really into it. It was great! Everyone was very supportive and encouraging.
When the test was finished I was so overwhelmed that I had to cry. It took me many hours to emotionally accept the black belt and even though I achieved a Black Belt in Muay Thai, in my heart I’m always going to be a white belt; the passion, the love and the discovery never end.
(and, as I expected, the next few days I was sore!)
~Kru Barbara dalla Riva
Elite Training Center
1628 South Pacific Coast Highway,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277