Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My New Little Orange Belt

I have a trio of fun giveaways going on right now:

Family calendar giveaway from BusyBodyBook right here.

JumpStart Get Moving Family Fitness game for the Wii right here.

Spinbrush MyWay! (for girls) battery operated toothbrush right here.


After my oh so fun and mind-blowing day yesterday, I almost forgot that not all was bad. There were some parts that were actually really good - like ummm getting confused for a twenty year old (yeah that one threw me for a loop, too!).

And then there was Mister Man's belt promotion test. We started Tae Kwon Do at the beginning of the month. Mister Man has been absolutely loving it, and he's been working super hard at it. We have class twice a week, and he practices what he's learned almost every day. Fortunately he's still at the belts where I remember enough from when I (briefly) did Tae Kwon Do that I can help him practice.

His hard work is really paying off, and yesterday he tested for his orange belt. He had to demonstrate everything he's learned to date - his stances, punches, blocks, kicsks, falls, positions, etc. And his eyes had to be closed while doing it.

He did great. He passed his test, and he is officially an orange belt, so he'll be learning all new stuff starting tomorrow - and boy is he excited.

The coolest part of the test for him is that he got to break a board with his foot after the test. And he did it - on the first try. It was pretty awesome, and I think he's going to keep that board forever.

After the test, the instructors removed his Velcro yellow belt and tied on the new orange one. I began to worry that now we had to officially learn how to tie the belt rather than just Velcroing it in the back. Luckily, I discovered that the orange belt is also Velcro once he came out to show me. Phew!

And now we begin our quest for purple. I know (as does he) that it won't be nearly so quick and that he'll have to learn more - including his first forms - but he's ready for it and can't wait to see what he learns tomorrow.


Melisa Wells July 28, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

So exciting! Congrats to him!!

Dawn Parsons Smith July 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

Congratulations!!!! That totally rocks!

Tara R. July 29, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

Congrats to your new little orange belt. I studied taekwondo for about 10 years. I can really appreciate how hard Mister Man has to work.

Anonymous July 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

Look at him! Great job!

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Karen July 29, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

He's really doing well! Congrats to you both on the hard work.

Claudya Martinez July 30, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

Fantastic! Congratulations, Mister Man!

Unknown July 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

Yay for Mr Man!

Joanna Jenkins July 30, 2010 at 6:59 PM  

I don't know which is more exciting... being confused for a twenty year old or getting a new belt in karate. :-)
Congrats all the way around.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you. I'm off to look around a bit. I'll be back again soon.

Hyacynth July 30, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

That's so very exciting! Did you keep the board?

Michelle July 30, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

Melisa - It is! He's so proud; he's showing EVERYone his new belt.

Dawn - Doesn't it? I love that he's found something - on his own - that he loves so much that he's progressing at like this.

Tara - You mentioned that. I wish I could see you do your moves. He's starting to learn his first form and yikes this is going to get interesting!

Patty - Awwww, thank you! Cute, no?

Karen - Oh this isn't me at all. This is totally 100% him!

Unknown Mami - Yay, I know. I'm so happy for him.

Megryansmom - My thoughts exactly.

Joanna - Selfishly, being confused for a 20 year old. That was pretty cool ;)

Hy - Of course we kept the board! How do you not keep something so cool as that? Forever.

anymommy July 30, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

How exciting. Congratulations to him!!

Pat July 31, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

I'm not surprised that you were taken for a twenty-year-old, because you look that young in your profile photo! Way to go, Mr. Man! That is a great achievement. I'll bet that he stays with Tae Kwon Do all the way through high school. I really like the discipline and focus that the martial arts instill in kids. Fantastic for a special needs child! Talk about a confidence and self-esteem builder!

Michelle July 31, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

Stacey - It is exciting; he even got his first stripe on his new belt at class on Thursday!

Pat - Ha! You're too kind. But yeah, this and Boy Scouting would be awesome if he continued through high school. So good for him on so many levels!

Alexis AKA MOM August 1, 2010 at 7:01 PM  

hehe you're so like me I would be thinking about the velcro :)

How fun!!! Way to go Mister man

Michelle August 1, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

Alexis - I know I *could* figure out how to tie it (on someone else who is probably wriggling) but ohhhh the Velcro makes it so much easier!

septembermom August 2, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

That's terrific! Congratulations to your "tough" guy :) Bet he could teach us all some good moves!

Michelle August 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Kelly - Oh, he could certainly teach you some. The question is whether or not they would be the right ones ;)

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