Black Belt Style

We don’t do poomse often at this school. We’ve only done pal jang a few times and every time I’ve ended up confused. I’ve been assuming it’s me.


Today I finally realized that while I step forward into the first back stance, everyone else at our school steps back. Ahhhh.

After school I asked Special Forces how we’re supposed to do a lower block. I’ve been to too many schools and learned too many ways. He showed me. It is—no surprise—different than how I do it.

I looked at him. “I will try to change.”

“No,” Special Forces said, “every school is different. You have your black belt style. You don’t need to change it.”