Ask a Black Belt: Here We Go Again

Dear Ask a Black Belt,

I’ve been a brown belt since October and have been going seriously on and off with training lately for a number of reasons. Have you ever taken a reasonably extended break (at least two weeks minimum) and felt really apprehensive coming back to the mat specifically because you were a higher rank and there were expectations? Particularly if you are visiting another academy? Sometimes I feel like saying, “Hey, yeah I know the color of this thing around my waist, but I haven’t trained in months and I don’t know if I remember how, and I’m out of shape because I was lazy and like chocolate,” but I know I can’t say any of these excuses and make it casual or appropriate..

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