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I totally understand the falling short aspect. I never could quite commit to karate the way I needed to at the later stages (toward the black belt). I think I was just a moody teenager at that point, but that gets to the heart of this program, to my mind. It's all about integrating the physical, the emotional, spiritual. At 17 or 18, I just wasn't able to do that kind of mature integration yet. And now, at 30, I'm, well, soft... Maybe my life priorities have shifted, as well.