It has taken four years of hard work and dedication to be able to say that phrase. At the end of the test, Sensei Shaw asked each of us, "Was it worth it?"
Without a doubt.
I have this.
I broke these (Part of the reason for the bruised heel - No, not from the bricks, from hitting the slab foundation beneath it!)
And got to do this to my husband.
And I hurt EVERYWHERE.
But it's worth it. I am a blackbelt.
I'm certain there will be a couple more rounds of pictures coming as other friends empty their cameras, but these were the highlights so far.