Black Belt

Illustrations by Mark Starmach

“Hyah!”

“Hyah!”

“Hyah!”

It’s Thursday night at a Martial Arts Taekwondo gym in the outskirts of suburban Sydney, where my 33-year-old brother, James, is undergoing his black belt grading. Sweat pours from his black curls down his reddened face. His feet move masterfully across…

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