Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


I'm gonna belt you!

Little Bit passed her belt test last night and is now an official green belt in American karate. She was very proud of herself. Of course, I was counting on it happening (so you can see the green bow in her hair to match the belt!)
And the grin says it all. Look at that satisfaction!
Pickle gets some explanation with his advancement to an adult purple belt. Now, it is going to get even harder. His next belt goal is BROWN!!!! His instructors warned him to expect to take several sessions of training to test and pass for a brown belt. Apparently, the brown belt test can take a few hours to do. The student has to know every term from the juniors and every level from white to purple. Then, they have to know every kata for all those levels, too. That doesn't even include the self-defense parts either. Additionally, they have to know pressure points, all the fine points of sparring and judging sparring, etc etc. So, it will be involved. I think he can do it. They said he can't test for a black belt anyway until he's 17. But, there are lots of things involved from this point on. His one fatal flaw, according to one of the instructors, is his lack of confidence. He did fine on his test, but he would hesitate and question himself. Bless his heart, that is one of his traits. So, we need to work on that.
I was disappointed that this picture was blurry because I really like it. So, smaller, it doesn't look so bad. I'm so proud of my children. Can you tell?


  • At 11:09 AM, March 13, 2009, Blogger Submariner said…

    ...and you have every right to be proud of them. Congrats to ths kids and to AoM and AoD as well.

  • At 8:13 PM, March 13, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    American Karate? Do you mean the style of American Kenpo Karate developed by Ed Parker or the style of American Karate developed by Ernest H. Lieb?

  • At 11:40 AM, March 14, 2009, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Ed Parker. Their instructor just calls it American Karate, though.

  • At 12:34 PM, March 15, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Interesting. I'm a kenpoist myself. Which version of EPAK is he learning: 32 techniques per belt, 24 techniques per belt, or Mr. Rick Fowler's style of American Kenpo?

    I'm learning the 24 per belt style and sympathize with what your boy may go through for a brown belt test. My instructor makes all belt tests comprehenisve. You have to demonstrate *all* of the material (techniques, kicks, blocks, short forms, long forms, stances) from the previous belts before you get to the one for which you are testing.


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