Thursday, June 5, 2008

Dedication

Tomorrow is Chase's black belt test. He's been doing a lot of preparation for this. The dojang we use, Exceptional Tae Kwon Do, is much more intensive than your other places. Aside from knowing his poomse (a series of movements) and blocking and kicking combinations, he was required to write an essay about what his Tae Kwon Do training has done for him. He had to make up and write down ten self defense techniques and practice them with a partner to demonstrate. He had to practice basic Bo staff, which is like quarterstaff--remember Robin Hood's fight with Little John? He is learning how to break a brick with his hand. I can barely break a brick with a hammer.

There will also be a tea ceremony before the black belt test. Chase has informed me that drinking tea will be the hardest part of his test.

All of this requires a certain amount of commitment on my part. I'm his transportation to the studio. The children's classes conveniently start and end before my husband leaves work and usually I end up driving at the height of rush hour. At times, I feel very put out and put upon. But I'm pretty proud of Chase's dedication. He's persevered in spite of his asthma, his dislike of writing, and his sensitive nature (there were a lot of tears when he started sparring). I've given him plenty of opportunity to stop, to try something new, but this was what he wanted. And now he's doing it.

7 comments:

TheMFamily said...

Congrats to Chase on making it to the black belt test. I bet he will pass no problem. Especially if he is more worried about drinking the tea. lol Good luck Chase!

Dell said...

Congratulations to both of you! To Chase for such an achievement and all his hard work, and to you because you have worked hard to facilitate, accommodate, and transportate! (Ok, took a little liberty with transportate...)

Anonymous said...

Good Luck Chase! We are proud of you.

Glad to see you re-creating, Tina.

Love, Grandma

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Chase - I'm sure you'll pass your test with flying colors.

Good work Tina - I know some times the hardest part is just getting there, and finding a place to park.

Love, Aunt Linda

momof3feistykids said...

Congratulations to Chse on his perseverence and hard work!

http://tribeofautodidacts.homeschooljournal.net/

Soutenus said...

Hope all went great with your black belt test, Chase! It is an amazing achievement to even get to the level of the test!!
Kudos to JugglerMom for the commitment, also!

B&B said...

Congrats Chase!!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...