Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tae Kwon Do: David's Yellow Belt Test

David started Tae Kwon Do in January of this year and has really enjoyed it.  We are lucky to have the classes at our local YMCA.  He practices on Wednesdays and Fridays for an hour and has come a long way since he started.  His Tae Kwon Do instructors are strict and require the kids to focus, pay attention, make eye contact and even learn some Korean.   In the beginning he struggled with keeping his left and right straight and with overall coordination but I am proud to say he has come a long way!  While he got his yellow stripe within a few weeks, he struggled with the difficult yellow belt patterns for months until his instructor told me he was ready to test.  And even then, David told me he didn't know them well enough and was too nervous to do it!  But given all that, he was very brave and went through the test anyway.  You can see it all below in the videos.  It was a nice birthday gift for him and we are very proud of all he has accomplished.
David tests for his yellow belt.
David is awarded his yellow belt.
Sparring sample.
(yes, he is fighting a girl with a higher green belt)

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