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A Year of Stories 7/52

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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.

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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.

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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.

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But then he just accepted that he is awesome!

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After 2 hours of watching the other belts test, H finally got to line up to see if he got his belt.

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And SUCCESS!

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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!

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He’s in full-on Pokemon organization mode now.  I think he’s reorganized these cards 10 times.

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Be sure to follow the circle to check out everyone’s stories, starting with the talented Julie Mak!

 

 

February 22, 2016 - 11:12 am

Toes – {real.life.art} - […] Please continue around the circle and see what other stories have happened this week! Start with Mel Karlberg Photography […]

February 22, 2016 - 11:45 am

AnnMarie - Oh my gosh that little proud smile he gave to you at the end of that vid just melted my heart Mel! What a fantastic moment! I love your story this week!

February 22, 2016 - 7:51 pm

julie - Wow that place sounds intense! Congrats on the yellow belt! And the board break! My boys are doing TKD too but their place sounds more like your first place! His stances look great – it will definitely be better that he has this rigorous training.

February 23, 2016 - 1:48 am

Sonja - I love your stories, Mel! Every week it´s like a mini adventure with a start, a middle part and an end. You captured the atmosphere of this dojo so well, and I love the video and his expression when he succeeded.

February 23, 2016 - 8:47 am

Sonja Stich - I love your stories, Mel! Every week it´s like a mini adventure with a start, a middle part and an end. You captured the atmosphere of this dojo so well, and I love the video and his expression when he succeeded.

February 23, 2016 - 1:01 pm

Allison - HAH. I love H’s face after he broke the board! What a great week! Adam has been begging me for Pokemon cards. I think I remember playing with these when we were kids?!

February 23, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Cynthia - H must be so proud!! What wonderful storytelling images.

February 25, 2016 - 6:03 am

Tess - These are awesome! The light in there is so great! HA! And I think I’m afraid of your kid! Breaking that board….are you kidding me???

February 29, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Heather Lathrop Chang - You tell the best stories! This is so great! My youngest watched his video and now wants to do “karate”! Love these images!

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