My 9 year-old daughter, Sabrina, is in Tae Kwon Do at the Millenium Blackbelt Academy. She's been taking classes for about 5 weeks and on Saturday, June 26, 2010 she had her first belt testing.
She was nervous so the night before we practiced her form, blocks, punches and kicks until I was exhausted!! She was still going strong!
On the day of the belt testing event, we showed up early and Sabrina warmed up and chatted with her classmates.
Promptly at 12:00 noon, Master Mike began the testing session. White belts in the back, then yellows, then oranges and so on up to the young man who was testing for his black belt.
They began with everyone doing the same blocks and punches. Then onto the forms. Sabrina flawlessly performed her Tae Geuk Il Jang (first form) even though the other (adult) white belt messed his up. They progressed through belt levels and launched into the board breaking!!
I was really nervous, but very hopeful! We had practiced Sabrina's Hammerfist technique at home and she's really strong, but Sabrina's never actually tried to break a board before.
After everyone was in place, Master Mike said, "Sabrina. Go break that board!" Sabrina walked up and in one smooth powerful stroke broke the board perfectly in two! We were so excited and proud! Her eyes were huge when she turned around. Sabrina had completely surprised herself! I, of course, got teary-eyed!
Sabrina after breaking the board!!
Sabrina with Master Mike.
Everyone at belt testing!!