What more is there to say? The boys did GREAT! While the results are not in yet, and we won’t find anything out “officially,” we all know that they passed. ‘A’ went into his testing a bit nervous, but once he got up there, he did everything with confidence. Eli was his typical self and got a bit worked up ahead of time but calmed down by the time he had to start as well. In *my* opinion, both of them were the best in their groups of testing. BUT, I have to say that I really only had the camera on each one of them so really didn’t notice anyone else. Probably wouldn’t have noticed anyone else, anyway.
The day started with some warmups and then went into some bag punching. ‘A’ got his sparring gear which is typical for a Camo Belt (that’s how confident we are) and immediately went to get his gloves on to beat up on the bag a bit. I think the equipment is going to take some getting used to for him but he seemed to have a sense of pride when he got it.
They then got into the testing portion. Because ‘A’ was in the lower class, his testing started earlier. He went and did his routines and you could hear him above anyone else. He has quite the voice that carries.
Eli also beat the tar out of a bag or two and then got to do his testing. The way they break down the testing for the Advanced Class is that they first do their techniques for all the belts thru Black Belt, and then they call them back for sparring. This was Eli’s first sparring test. He was pitted up against a kid who maybe one of the most intense kids I’ve seen. I had watched him on the bags earlier, and I swear he was out to kill the thing. His looks alone could have probably done the job. He landed a couple of blows to Eli, but Eli was smart enough to figure out that all his sparring partner wanted to do was hit things and was not really paying attention to the target. This left Eli in a pretty good position to dodge and get a few hits/kicks in fairly effectively.
In an ideal sparring situation, each person is supposed to allow for the other to show some skills and it’s not necessarily meant to be an all-out battle. I think that despite the one person’s apparent need for blood, they were both able to display their skills and it was really fun to watch. Eli has gone from hating sparring at the beginning to looking forward to it in class whenever they do it.
Big ‘A’ came home in Seventh Heaven. I took them out for some ice cream and was able to talk to him about no matter how you approach life, you get what you deserve. If you’re lazy, you will tend to get what you deserve and if you work hard, you also get what you deserve. It’s going to be interesting to see how this bit of success affects him. While we’re constantly looking for ways that we can set our kids up to succeed, this has been one of the few instances where we, as parents, have been lucky enough to see it in such a clear cut manner.
Can’t wait to see what the next few weeks bring!