“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” —Helen Keller
We are trying to help build the GS character here and his self confidence and of course for his own safety. It's healthy too.
This was the day of testing for hie red senior belt. He has brown, brown senior, and then Black to go - it won't be the end of it - but then they keep the belt and earn gold stripes on that - the highest amount of stripes is 9.
He started in Tiger Cubs and went through all the belts until black. Then he started over in the actual Black Belt Program. The red coat means he committed himself all the way to black belt.
He started then with the white uniform, earned his white belt, white senior, yellow belt,
yellow senior, gold belt, gold senior, orange belt, and orange senior, then . . .
(look at that kick - how high) green belt which was about half way.
Then green senior, blue belt, and then blue belt senior, and then on to ...
purple belt and purple senior, he is now being tested for his defense drills. Choi Kwang Do unless Tai Kwang Do is a defensive sport - not an offensive sport.
You never throw the first punch - in fact you have to try to say I'm sorry to the bully - then tell someone - then punch - unless of course it is to save your life or something.
No competition for trophies - it is all personal goals. You compete for yourself. This group or program is a family. They have sleep overs, go to movies, go swimming, all sorts of things like that.
Okay blue senior, purple belt, and purple senior, (I am going to have to think of something to do with all those belts.)
After purple senior comes the red belt - the one he just had and he was testing here for his red belt senior which he passed -
He tests in front of a panel of five judges. They also have to be doing good at school and at home and to be respectful.
The testing is over.
Here is the promise they repeat at the beginning of every class.
And they repeat these as well.
GS receiving his red senior belt!!!!!!!!!!
They all congratulate him - they shake hangs and bow - Now for brown, brown senior and black belt - either in June or September. We are having a big party for him then.
“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” —Orison Swett Marden
Okay DIL is in the hospital making no progress so it might end up a C section later on? I am very anxious.
Thanks also for letting me rattle on about my GS. Love that guy. And I will love the other one too - in fact I do already.