The program has been very good. However, Kenny has not been thrilled with it and wants to quit. Jacob loves it! Figures.... We have encouraged Kenny to stay in it for a little while- at least until he can qualify for a belt color. That happened last Saturday!
The test was very intimidating- where normally they are in a small class with 10 or fewer kids, there was probably about 50 kids grouped together in front of about 15 judges!
(Kenny is on the left, and Jacob you can just make out on the right of the picture)
They first showed their forms as a large group, but then were paired with same-size black belts to demonstrate their defensive moves. Then, they had to break a board by kicking it! They were really nervous about this! But, being that this is the first step to move up, they got to try as long as they needed. I captured it on video on my camera but the file seems to big for uploading. If I figure it out, I will it later.
Kenny broke the board in just under a minute! Jacob broke it as well, in about 3 minutes. One of the judges gave him a few ideas after he had tried for a couple of minutes and then he did it!
After they were done, they still had to stand in front of a judge- 1 on 1 to answer questions and demonstrate any moves they might not have gotten quite right before. The whole process took about 2 hours!
Here they are showing off the boards they broke:
Tuesday night at their normal practice, they were awarded their belts!
Their teacher and the assistant called them up one at a time for a brief ceremony.
I am really so proud of them for accomplishing this huge first step. I feel it has been good for them and am going to try to encourage Kenny to give it a try for a little longer. He really is very good with good focus and good form. Maybe this accomplishment will inspire him to keep going!