H took Taekwondo in Kansas. During his 3 months in class, he tested for and passed 3 belt tests. Then we moved to PA and found a new school and realized early on that not all martial arts schools are created equal. He has been with this school since September and just took his first belt test. The 2 students who tested for black belts the same day have been with the school for 10 and 14 years.
When H tested in KS, we knew he would get his belt if he was recommended to test. Not so with this school. Students can fail and many have. If you don’t keep tight fists, have bad stances or if you don’t break your board, you don’t pass. H had a lot of trouble breaking boards for the two weeks leading up to his test. The night before, he broke a board, but it was after several attempts.
We arrived early Saturday morning so he could warm up.
Luckily (for my nerves and his), the white belts tested first. He did great with his forms and 1-steps. He had tight fists and good stances.
Then it was time for the board breaking. This was H’s first attempt.
I think he was a bit in shock that he did it.
But then he just accepted that he is awesome!
After 2 hours of watching the other belts test, H finally got to line up to see if he got his belt.
About a year ago, I bought a big bag full of Pokemon cards at a garage sale. We would give them to H 1-3 at a time for rewards. He knew there was a stash, but he had never seen it. He asked if he could ever just get them all at once, so we made a deal that, once he passed his yellow belt test, he could get the box. He had no idea what to expect, but I think he had it built up as a mountain of Pokemon cards. When we got home, his first question was, “So, do I get the cards now?”
Because we think we are funny parents, we gave him a bundle of about 20 cards in a bag. The sweet kid was gracious, but understandably confused where the mountain of cards was. Then we presented him with the real stash!
He’s in full-on Pokemon organization mode now. I think he’s reorganized these cards 10 times.
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