Saturday, August 23, 2008

Photo Story Friday...The End!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Well, here we are. The long-awaited moment. They have been belted, these two girls of mine. *Dont' mess with them, by the way! :)*

What do I feel? Relief? Satisfaction? Pride? Happiness for them?

All of the above, plus Uncertainty. Loss. Fear. Hesitation.

Strange emotions but probably contributing to the emotions is the fact that our long-time instructor is now done. We start over with a new instructor. I already know that he is very good but yet, it's a change.
As choatic as every Thursday night was (karate night), I will miss all four of the girls in class. At the same time, it will be so fun to focus just on the next two girls. I think they will like it too. My oldest two now can come and help with teaching. And they will be called "Sensei". Funny! :) I think they will think it's funny too. And probably giggle a little the first couple times they are called that.
I will start a new chapter in karate too. A little stressful to think of all the stuff I need to be able to do. For my second degree black belt I need to meet the following requirements:
*8 board breaks (4 hand strikes, 4 kicks)
*break 3 bricks (patio pavers...1 5/7" thick each) stacked, with pencils separating them
*spar other black belts for 15 minutes straight (they rotate every couple minutes so they always come in fresh..with too much energy :s
*learn and perform a new KATA...this time about a 50-move KATA versus a 66-move we haven't even begun to learn
*create a new KATA, at least 30 moves, write it down and perform it flawlessly
Whew! Makes me tired thinking about it!!! A new challenge to strive towards!
We had a very nice ceremony for the girls. The instructor is truly gifted in speaking and had very, very nice speeches about each of the girls. I think it was a pretty special night for them. For all of us. Plus, a bunch of my family came to watch them get "belted". We had fun! And celebrated with Cotton Candy blizzards afterwards (a rarity) at my sister's house. And stayed up way too late!


Karen said...

That's awesome! I have always had a fascination with karate but no actual desire to do it. Kudos to you and the girls!

Kellan said...

Congratulations - that is quite an accomplishment!!!

Thanks so much for your nice comment on my site - you are very sweet. Hope you have a good day - Kellan

Bia said...

It's nice that you make sports a family activity. Looks like you are all having a lot of fun.

Blessings, Sensei.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Congrats to the girls and good luck with the new chapters!