Hello everyone....or to whomever is reading this. Let me explain what this all is.
My name is Nathaniel. Or as the online name I've picked states, The Blackbelt Medic. It's a bit of a flash name I suppose, but when I was faced with having to pick a domain name and a name for this blog site I decided to pick two of my favorite things: karate and being an EMS provider. Despite the word "medic" in the name, I am not a paramedic yet. More on that later. I am however a 2nd degree blackbelt in Ko Sutemi Weisi Kan Karate. I first started in karate when I was about 8 years old back in late 1999 or 2000. I don't remember the exact date. The point of this site is to provide a slate for the coming years of my life. I have tried to blog before but lacked the motivation to keep up with it. That all recently changed.
I am currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I attend the University of New Mexico. Go Lobos!! Woof woof woof....hehe. I am originally from California. Northern California. Small little town called Volcano, but these days I am a student with the UNM School of Medicine: Department of Emergency Medicine EMS Academy. I am pursuing the completion of my undergraduate degree in Emergency Medicine with a focus on Emergency Medical Services. The core of the degree in their Paramedic program. I was just accepted into the program after the application process which consisted of the application, two letters of recommendation, a entrance test, two interviews, and then waiting. Of course the waiting was the hardest part. I waited nearly 2 weeks from the time I knew they made admission decisions for my letter to arrive. I got it on 4/16/2014. I went for a walk about 11:30pm and ended up checking my mail to find a large manila envelope bearing the return address of the UNM School of Medicine. I grabbed it and felt more than one piece of paper; at this point I got really excited and opened it. I was accepted!
This program that I am now in is the reason I originally looked to move out here to New Mexico and attend this school. So, I was really really really really excited that I got in. I signed my letter of intent to addend that very night and returned it to the academy the next day! The reason I decided to reopen this blog project was that my medic program will require a weekly journal in the program and I figured it can double as content for here. So off we go!
So, a little more about me in general. I am currently 22 years old and I am a firefighter. I began with the Lockwood Fire Protection District back when I was 19 years old in 2011. The story of how I got into that is another story for another post, but it's pretty good. :) Long story short (until later), they paid for my original EMT class and I began working volunteer in 911 response. From there, I fell in love with it and the rest is history. I owe a lot to Lockwood and it's the 2nd most missed thing from back home in California. Responding to calls, frantic work, fires, traffic collisions, medical aids, and all the rest really put the fire into me and let me find what I really really enjoy. Lots more on this later.
I helped start the Ko Sutemi Seiei Kan karate school in Amador County back in...hmm, I can't remember when I started there. Sensei Rodney Peoples began it and I worked my way up from white belt to getting my blackbelt back in 2012. I was recently promoted to my 2nd degree Ni Dan blackbelt in September of 2013. When I moved to Albuquerque, I started teaching karate at the UNM Baptist Student Union. I really enjoy martial arts and it's something I look forward to continuing to practice for a long time.
I think that's all for now. Much more to come in the coming weeks!
Blackbelt Medic OUT!