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My Journey Towards a Black Belt

You’re familiar with the famous movie quote “The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.”, right? Well, what a lot of you may not know is that I am actually in a fight club of sorts. Yes, really.

For the past three years or so, I have been taking Krav Maga classes. Krav Maga is a form of self-defense, which was first developed by the Israeli army. It combines techniques and philosophies from various martial arts and fight training by using quick, explosive movements. In addition to learning fighting skills and how to defend against things like punches, kicks, choke holds and headlocks, we learn defenses against weapons such as sticks, knives, and guns.

I love Krav because it’s realistic fight training. We train to know how save our own lives and the lives of the people we love should a situation arise in which we need to do so (and I hope it never does). Krav Maga is perfect for any age, shape, or size and you do earn belts and move up in rank (if you can demonstrate that you know your techniques) along the way.

Eventually, there comes a time in your training when you know everything there is to know. Once that time comes, it’s time to through the process of testing for your black belt. I am going through that process now.

At my dojo, there is a very well thought out process designed to help the people testing do their best during the actual tests, of which there are three. Twice a year they hold boot camp qualifications and if you pass, you move on to boot camp. Once you’re in boot camp, you attend extra training with the instructors once a week where you learn what specific techniques they want to see on which phase of the black belt testing (there are a lot of different techniques, so they break it up over the three tests). Then ,once a month over three months, you test.

To qualify to get into boot camp we had to demonstrate several techniques, run a timed mile, do 25 push ups without stopping and 50 sit ups, also without stopping. Here I am with my partner the day of qualifications:

me & Meghan

I’ve been working with my partner Meghan for a long time now. In class, you need partners and you can partner with anyone you want, but her and I just sort of gravitated towards each other. Working with her has been so good for me and I can’t even imagine going through this process with anyone else. After working with each other for so long, we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses & we motivate each other a lot. Plus, she only lives about 5 minutes from me, so we get together to workout on our own once or twice a week.

We’ve been in boot camp for the last month and this past Saturday was our phase one black belt test. I really had no idea what to expect other than it was going to take hours. I had heard that it was usually anywhere between 3 and 4 hours, so I was really worried about having the energy to keep myself going for the entire time.

So, I stopped by Walmart to pick up some EAS Complete Protein products to help me make sure I was in tip top fighting shape. EAS products are part of a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness, so it sounded like it was exactly what I needed.

EAS protein walmart

I started drinking the EAS Complete powder, which is a great source of protein, a few days before my test. I love that it has sealed top and scoop located right in the lid so I didn’t have to put your hand in the powder. How cool is that?


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I made sure to bring one of the Complete Protein Ready to Drink bottles along with me on test day. Like I said, I wanted to keep my energy up!


Meghan and I got to the dojo early and we were both as ready as we were gonna be for our test. I’m not gonna lie – it was hard. Really hard. But then again, if it were easy everyone would be a black belt.


During our test we did drill after drill as well as running our timed mile, doing 100 push ups, 100 sit ups and three 2 minute sparring rounds each. It took about 3.5 hours and even though I was beyond exhausted, I felt amazing by the time the test was over.

There are three of us going through the process and I am happy to say that we all passed phase one. Phew.

Phase two is coming up the last weekend in August, so I will be working hard to prepare for that over the next few weeks.

So now it’s your turn – what are your plans for reaching your fitness goals and becoming a healthier you?

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  1. Liz Mays

    I’m rooting her on too! She’s working so hard for this!

  2. Lois Alter Mark

    Ha ha! I am so with you! I can’t even imagine.

  3. Liz Mays

    You are awesome, girlie! I can’t believe how grueling it all is! Bravo!

  4. Pam

    I know! I definitely couldn’t do Krav Maga. Especially not all the way to my black belt.

  5. Jennifer

    I think I should probably start with getting away from this computer! Good job on your journey. Show us some pictures of board breaking or something!

  6. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That’s pretty cool! Getting a black belt is kind of a big deal, and it sounds like you’re getting there. I really should start walking or something and get away from my desk sometime.

  7. becca112971

    Look at you go. Good luck on getting your black belt and it’s good to see you’re taking care og your health on the way.

  8. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Congrats! This sounds very intense but you are rocking it!

  9. Lois Alter Mark

    That is so awesome! Congratulations on a great accomplishment!

  10. Catherine S

    I agree, this is a great accomplishment. I will have to try he EAS protein shakes

  11. Agata @BarkTime

    I have to start with food… I have a dietician to help me keep a balanced and healthy diet as apparently my calories intake is way too low which is effecting my metabolism rate

  12. Jeanette

    I do karate myself and LOVE it. We have a similar boot camp to go up in belts and I LOVE it. I would love to learn the style you are learning it sound like something right up my alley. I never thought about getting that kind of protein. I will have to look into it.

  13. crystal

    You guys! Here I am barely getting through an 80-year-old aerobic video & you are killing it!

  14. Dogvills

    Congrats on passing Phase One! You are so cool!

  15. Demetra

    Congratulations on passing phase one. This sounds incredibly difficult and fulfilling, I’m glad you found a protein powder to fuel your testing.

  16. Erin (@SugarCrumbs)

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting! I totally admire your determination!

  17. bigbearswife

    Oh my! Krav Maga classes sounds amazing and I may have to look around here to see if they are offered near me! YAY on working towards your black belt! *Fingers crossed* that phase two goes well!

  18. Ruth V.

    Very cool! I haven’t heard of Krav Maga before but it sounds like an awesome form of self defense and a great workout! I can see why protein drinks would be beneficial and I love that they have a ready-made option.

  19. michelle bowman

    You’re such an amazing girl. I totally admire your determination! never heard about Krav Maga classes before but it seems really amazing.

  20. Planet of the Apels

    That’s great! I need to get into working out again. We eat pretty healthy, and I’ve kept my weight off from before.

  21. Golden State Mom (@goldenstatemom)

    Oh gosh– work out goals? I have zero determination for exercise! I have always been interested in Krav though. Seems like a hard core sport to get into.

  22. Melissa Pezza

    That’s so cool that you’re making your way to a black belt. You give “bad mother” a whole new meaning!

  23. Erinn S

    I love EAS! Way to go on your journey-best of luck!

  24. 1stopmom

    This is so cool! Congrats on passing phase 1. I want to definitely lose weight and get more energy.

  25. Catherine S

    Congrats on passing phase one. Your hard work is paying off and I am sure you will pass the other phases with flying colors.

  26. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    My first fitness goal is to be aware of what I am putting in my body. For me that is key and so hard.

  27. Tina @ My Highest Self

    Wow, congrats on your major success! You are a tough for sure. Glad EAS helped out.

  28. Betsy Segars

    My fitbit is my fitness motivation. It reminds me daily that I need to get MOVING.

  29. sippycupmom

    Good for you! That is amazing! I really need to get into a good fitness routine.

  30. Stephanie R

    Congratulations for making it through! I probably would have passed out! I need to get a grasp on my fitness goals too!

  31. kelseyapley

    You rock girl!!! Sounds like a fun time, and I wish I was as fit as you! Good luck on your journey!

  32. Cherri Megasko

    Good for you! That will be quite an accomplishment. I wish you well and hope you never have to use your training in a real-life self-defense situation.

  33. mburbage

    How awesome! Good job! I had no idea you were doing this, I know a few with black belt and know it’s not easy to get. Keep up the hard work!

  34. Amanda Zeisset

    Congrats on passing the test. Keep at it! It’s a huge achievement to make it to black belt.

  35. Candia

    Awesome! I only made it to a yellow belt, but it was fun.My family moved and we never took it back up. Good job!

  36. blessedelements

    Congrats to you and your training is not only making your physically healthy but giving you peace of mind too which is great mental health. I think it is more rewarding when you have to really train and strive for something as it is more rewarding when you gain your goal. I try and stay fit and eat healthy.

  37. tamaralikecamera

    Well look at you go! That’s so awesome. I wish you much success to the black belt.

  38. pickettfamily

    Sounds like the protein is really helpful in keeping you living a healthy lifestyle. I’d use it if I exercised more.

  39. Lynsey Jones

    So awesome! I could not train the way I do – crossfit PLUS teaching POUNDFit PLUS training for a half marathon – if it was not for protein shakes. They are for sure a must have! And the scoop in the lid – genius. I hate having to stick my hands in the tub. Gross lol

  40. beckysbestbites

    Congrats on passing phase 1 towards a black belt!! EAS Protein is high quality and I have used it for years. I love that they have the scoop in the lid now!!

  41. Daisy

    I recently started using protein powder on a regular basis and it has been great about making me feel more full. I add a little bit to smoothies daily. Yum!

  42. littlemisscant

    Wozza.. never in my wildest dreams would I have pegged you as a scrapper. Would love to sit in on a class and see what it’s all about. I only heard about it a few years ago while watching “How I met your mother” so this would be interesting to learn more about.

  43. Aimee

    You are awesome! Such a cool goal to strive for!

  44. Sicorra

    100 push ups, 100 sit ups – Wow – Congrats. That in itself is amazing!

  45. Kelly (@KickingWKelly)

    Wow! What a fantastic accomplishment. You go girl! I have never tried any of the Copletele Protein drinks or powders.

  46. Dawn

    From now on, I shall call you Masshole Lee. Let’s see some board breaking!

  47. Amber Edwards

    The husband has wanted to do more martial arts classes. Man he would be so jealous of your classes!
    He loves the EAS protein products. he uses them a lot in his marathon training.

  48. Mistee Dawn

    My sister and I have started walking 5 miles together every week. It’s not a lot, but it is a start. Congrats to you!

  49. Pam

    I have started drinking a protein shake every morning and it has really helped curb my snacking. I buy this brand.

  50. Nicole Lutzy

    Sounds like a great drink. I like all the yummy flavors they offer too!

  51. aordinarylife

    Ive actually started to focus on me a little more. I pushing myself to rum more and eat better. I always feel better when i focus more on me.

  52. Jeanine

    Wow. You rock in so many ways. Go mama! This is amazing. Good luck on your journey, you will kick butt!

  53. angie

    have a friend that is an instructor so I give you great praise in reaching where you have may you go as far as you want to

  54. Laura O'Neill (@LauraOinAK)

    Congratulations on making it pass step 1. I don’t think I could pass that fitness test right now, but have my eyes set on becoming more fit day by day.

  55. Nicole Lutzy

    Sounds like a great way to get protein. Perfect for those workouts too!

  56. Valerie

    It sounds like you are doing such an amazing job! Good for you! Good luck with phase 2.

  57. vegetarianmamma

    EAS sounds great. I need to get a new work out drink, this sounds like something I would like.

  58. Amber NElson

    That sounds like an interesting class. We don’t have those classes anywhere close to us.

  59. rane25

    I am in need of a great protein Powder … this seems like a great brand. Whoa .. you are a Black Belt ..congrats

  60. Aunesty Janssen

    I have always been hesitant with protein powders and drinks….I have no reason for this, I just am

  61. Nicole

    Wow, just reading about how many push ups and sit ups you are doing is making me tired! LOL I love it that you are getting your black belt. That is so awesome! Good luck with your testing, I can’t wait to see you in your black belt photos.

  62. Ora Lee Gurr

    I am trying so hard to stay motivated on keeping active. My cats go walking with me and we are setting up an exercise center in the garage (it’s detached and about 70 yards away from the house). Getting the right nutrients is definitely an important step. Congratulations on your hard work and dedication.

  63. Jennifer H

    What a great goal – keep up the good work!

  64. Felicia

    YOu are doing amazing! My goal is to make sure to be active at least 4 days per week!

  65. Shann Eva (@Shanneva)

    That sounds super intense. It also sounds awesome! I don’t do anything near that physical, but I take Ballet class every week. I fuel up with protein before that too.

  66. Autumn @Mamachallenge

    Good luck on your journey! You are one tough woman! EAS sounds like a great product!

  67. Vera Sweeney

    Congrats on passing phase one!!! This sounds like an intense course good luck on the next rounds!

  68. Claudette Esterine

    Congrats on passing the first phase of your test and good luck!

  69. asbestrecipes

    This is awesome congrats on your achievement and on keeping healthy =)

  70. toughcookiemommy

    This is so awesome that you took a risk and pursued something so challenging. I know who to keep by my side when attending blogging events at night.

  71. Carol Bryant

    WOW I am impressed – that sounds challenging, invigorating, and very rewarding. Congrats!

  72. Theresa

    You are kicking butt out there! Bootcamp is hard! I took a class at our gym and couldn’t walk for a week, so your story is really inspiring! Good luck in the next phase!

  73. HilLesha

    Wow, that is so amazing…and impressive. Congratulations! My plans on a healthier me is getting back into the groove of going to the gym. Been so, so busy lately!

  74. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    Congrats on getting through phase one! That’s quite an accomplishment!

  75. [email protected]

    I can’t wait to get back to being physical after the baby. This pregnancy had been really hard.

  76. crystal

    I’m so impressed! I would love to get my fitness level there, but it will be a long road!

  77. Shannon P

    This is so awesome! I am very impressed with your drive!

  78. Ourfamilyworld

    You are so awesome! I wish I could do this, but I’m afraid my left knee won’t allow me.

  79. Annemarie LeBlanc

    You are one awesome mom! I admire you in your efforts to stay healthy and fit. I wish I could do the same for me. Sometimes it seems the only sit ups I do is sit up in my chair, and sit down on the couch.

  80. Chubskulit Rose

    That’s awesome!~ Self defense is something that I want to learn, with crazy things happening these days, you never know when you need the skill.

  81. Shanéy Maharaj

    I’m planning on hitting the gym after this pregnancy! I feel so unfit at the moment, want to get my body back and start dancing again.

  82. Seattle Travel Blogger

    Martial arts can be tough. I don’t know if I could handle it myself. Good luck with achieving your black belt.

  83. Allison

    So cool! This takes such dedication. My son does karate and it really is such an amazing sport!

  84. coolchillmom

    Way to go with phase one! That is amazing. I am starting to run again, but summer is proving difficult to keep at it. it is way too hot around here

  85. Tami

    I’ve been thinking about taking a class like this. That and getting my license to carry. You can never be too safe.

  86. Autumn Blues

    I used to take martial arts in my 20’s but had to stop as I couldn’t afford it. I don’t think I can do it now that I am nearing 50. Good to know about the protein. I take protein on a regular basis and always looking to try a new one.

  87. kwhiz84

    I start each morning off with one of these! Love them.

  88. Swa-Rai (@swaraiblog)

    Love this, after putting the boychild in karate I considered doing this. I may have to take it up.

  89. Ann Bacciaglia

    Karate is so interesting to watch. I have always wanted to learn. My friend has her black belt and it so much hard work to get there.

  90. Tammy Roy

    This looks like a great way to add protein to your diet. It is so important when you are working out to get enough. I have always wanted to try Karate

  91. patranila

    Krav Maga is so intense. Very impressive that you do this.

  92. Dhemz

    wow, that’s really cool of you. I would love to take some dojo classes. Sounds like a great protein drink.

  93. Debbie Denny

    These sound like great products. Never heard of Krav Maga before. Sounds neat.

  94. beckysbestbites

    Congrats on your accomplishment and wish you the best of luck on rest of your journey to get a black belt!!

  95. Crystal

    So you’re the one I want with me while walking down a dark alley at night, huh? My guy was doing Krav Maga for awhile and really liked it.

  96. Elizabeth O.

    You are awesome. I wish I could do this, too. Krav Maga is so intense and I don’t think I can bear being sore for days after doing this.

  97. moesly15

    You go girl! Good for you. Strong and tough!

  98. lisamc7

    What a great goal to have and way to go at being close to impeachment! I’ve wondered if EAS was tasty – may have to give it a try now!

  99. katrinagehman

    awesome goal!!! protein is key! i try and have at least one shake a day.

  100. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    That is so cool! Good luck on Phase two!

  101. upliftingfam

    This sounds like fun. I wish that it was something I could do. Darned back. I have started drinking smoothies, even got my kids hooked. Next I’m going to try to start counting calories again.

  102. upliftingfam

    Opps forgot to wish you good luck on your next test.

  103. The Trophy WifeStyle

    Omg how cool!!! good luck with getting your black belt! That is a lot of work!! i wouldn’t be able to last one minute doing something like this lol….

  104. prettyopinionated

    never heard about the krav maga but i think it was really great. you’re such an amazing girl i like your determination

  105. Tiffany Steadman-Collins

    Amazing! You are an inspiration. I can see why you need some protein to keep you going as I would if been dead lol. Good luck on the next step.

  106. thedomesticbuzz

    Wow, this is awesome! You’re an inspiration for sure! I can’t seem to get myself on track when it comes to working out, but I really need to.

  107. Rebecca Swenor

    Congrats on passing phase 1 to get your black belt. It sounds like EAS Complete Protein was a big help to keep up your strength. I will have to tell my sons about this for sure. Thanks for sharing and job well done.

  108. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    That’s awesome! Congrats on passing phase one! Good luck on the road to your belt.

  109. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    Congratulations on completing phase one! I have always wanted to take classes like that, but have never actually done it. I think I’ve been intimidated to start, even after working on my own to lose over 80 pounds and being in the best shape of my life. I still think I would fail miserably and probably cry… a lot. You are amazing!

  110. Joanne T Ferguson

    WOW and big congrats on your accomplishments to date in self-defense! What better way to fuel your body than with EAS Complete Protein! I love how you showed where to locate it on the shelf!

  111. Megan @ Wit & Wander

    You are a WARRIOR! I can’t believe you’ve already completed Phase One. I can hardly even get my act together to get to Pilates, ha! That protein powder looks amazing, though. I will definitely be telling my husband about it!

  112. Rosey

    I love that you are able to take care of yourself. What a great type of training to go through, Robin!

  113. Kira

    You had me at black belt, that’s pretty impressive wish I had your dedication. My brother works out a lot and I think he likes the EAS protein.

  114. Yona Williams

    Wow – 3 ½ hour drill…that sounds like quite a workout. I have never seen Krav Maga in person or in a video – I’d like to see what it looks like.

  115. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I actually wanna take Krav Maga lessons but for some reason I couldn’t find time to do so specially now with a new born!

  116. Summer Davis

    You are such a BADASS! Seriously! I’ve been eating really well to become a healthier me and have lost 40lbs since Feb 1. I need to get back to lifting weights because I MISS it. I also miss being able to see all of my muscles, but thanks to the overabundance of baby fat, I haven’t seen my muscles in years, even when I’ve been super strong and working out several times a week. Now that I’m losing fat again, those muscles should appear once I begin working on them. *UGH* running this campaign has certainly made me want to kick my arse back into gear. #client

  117. Racquel Bregg

    Well done! Those are some pretty serious strength standards to meet, to say nothing of knowing the techniques as well.

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