Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Camo Belt

After working his way through the Tae-Kwon-Do yellow belt requirements, Will in December graduated to camo belt.

As a yellow belt, Will was the highest ranked student in his class of white, orange, and yellow belt students. Once he graduated to camo belt, Will moved to a new class where he became the lowest ranked student among fellow camo, green, and purple belts.

During Will's very first class, his instructor asked the students to practice a short series of skills while moving across the floor. After all of the students finished and returned to their starting positions, Will's instructor called Will's name and asked him to come "front and center". Nervously, Will walked away from the line of students and to the middle of the room. As Will took his place, his instructor asked him to, in front of his class of 25+ students (all of whom ranked higher and most of whom were older than him), perform the skills the class had just practiced.

Will demonstrated tremendous composure and executed every movement with precision and strength. And when Will finished and bowed, his instructor turned to the rest of the class and said, "Now that is a black belt attitude."

I cried.


Brenda said...

I cried just reading it. Wish I had been there

Sara Ekena said...

I am crying now...