So, I've been doing martial arts since I was 8. I started in Tae Kwon Do, but made it all the way to Brown Sr., one step away from black belt. But the school didn't do me any favors. They never told me in order to test for black, I had to know all the previous belt levels. I became fustrated and left. I was probably 12/13 years old.
We moved to another part of Maryland and I started up with another school. Again, I got one step before black belt when my social anxiety hit.