May 25, 2011

Blue Belts!

My kids got their blue belts in karate last Saturday!

They are so happy. Their test was quite the challenge, but not because of the material--all the kids knew their stuff. If they didn't, then they wouldn't have been invited to test. The challenge was that there were so many kids there! I'm guessing around fifty, all between the ages of five and eight. There were four different ranks, and the groups of kids got smaller as the ranks got higher. The two largest groups were the two lowest ranks, which is where my kids were.

The teachers did a great job of managing all of them, but, really, it was like herding cats. They had a mind to go in all different directions, and keeping them on the same track took a lot of effort. If I'd been running this event, I'd have needed a nap immediately afterward. :)

Out of the twenty or so in my kids' group, I'm guessing there's only two who've truly been bitten by the karate bug. They're the ones who will continue on to the higher ranked belts. They're always so focused on the teachers, doing exactly what they've been told, and trying as hard as they absolutely can to get their technique right. There isn't an ounce of laziness or tiredness in their training.

Oldest is one of those kids, and a six-year-old girl is the other. Youngest tries hard, listens, and trains to the best of his ability, but he doesn't have the focus that Oldest and this other girl have. I wouldn't be surprised if he lost interest down the road. Then again, he's surprised me with much bigger things, so maybe this will be another one. :)

In the mean time, though, they're thrilled about getting their blue belts. They even slept with the actual belt Saturday night. :)


Dawn Brazil said...

Congrats to the kids!!! It feels good when the kids excel at something. It's also good when they see something thru because we know how much kids change their minds about what interests them.

Tabitha said...

Thank you!! :) *ahh, proud mom*

I'm thrilled that they've found something they really like, and will work hard at. And it's also good for them! Bonus! :)

khashway said...

Aw, they slept with their belts? That's too cute. Congrats to them both!

Tabitha said...

Yeah, they did. :) We also went out for dinner to celebrate, and they brought their belts along. They are clearly proud of their accomplishment. :)

C.K. said...

Congrats to your kids, Tabitha! That's so cool.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

These are the moments to remember. You took pictures of course. :)

Tabitha said...

C.K. - thanks! They've had a few classes as blue belts, and are so excited that they show me all the new stuff they've learned. They were so ready to move on. :)

Beverly - oh yes, we took lots of pictures. :) Many of them turned out great. I think I'm going to start a 'karate' photo book for them, so they can see the progress they've made over the years.