This is a important distinction to make. The belts we wear represent our character and how we act. Therefore a person should become a black belt in stead of earning one. Think about it like this. When someone starts their training they are given a white belt. You do not need any prior experience to get this. So everything we teach you at white belt is the " material for the next belt". Once you can show you instructor the you are proficient with that material then you are awarded with that belt. So when it comes to black belt you must show your instructor that you can block, punch, and kick like a black belt. Also at this level you conduct yourself with maturity, respect, and honor like a black belt. You should be kind and caring like a black belt. Your attitude should be one of strength and determination. Once you have achieved this then you are awarded the belt which reflects that. In this case you have "earned" or "become" a BLACK BELT.
This Saturday was our 10th annual Pilsung Championships! It was awesome to see all the energy and spirit the students brought with them. There was a lot of close divisions where 1st and 2nd place were only 1 point difference. I love seeing this kind of competition because it really brings out the best in everyone. Congratulations everyone and keep up the great work. Pilsung!!!
This Saturday is the big tournament everyone has been waiting for! Remember there are no classes this Saturday because we will all be at the tournament.
This friday is our parents night out. Make sure you sign up in the lobby. Buddies are welcome. We need their parents to fill out an event consent form. The party will be from 5:30 - 8:00. Its only $25 per person. We provide pizza and drinks for everyone. The night will be filled with games, races, team competitions and more. Don't miss this super fun night!
I wanted to share with you the reason or at least the meaning of why we tie our belt the way we do. I think about this every time I tie my belt on and I hope from now on you will also. So we all know the belt starts in front, wraps around your back and then comes back in front. It essentially looks like you have 3 belts wrapped around your waist. I want you to think of this as representing the 2 belts you wear all the time. One belt you wear around your waist and the other you wear around your heart. The one you wear around your heart means your belt is always with you. You are always a martial artist even when you are done class and you take your physical belt off. If you refer to the picture down below I am now referencing step 6 and 7. You have the 2 ends of the belt. I want you to think of these representing the student and instructor. You cross them and then tie the knot which symbolizes the bond between the instructor and the student.
This week we will be continuing our lessons about self discipline and self control. This gets a little confusing for some of he younger students because they both start with the word self. I like to talk about these ones a lot to really make sure they don't get them confused. What is great is that we talk about ways we use this at home and at school. My goal is for all of my students to be able to tell you what self control and self discipline is and then also be able to tell you a way to use it at home and at school. These are the kinds of lessons we teach in our classes.
I love keeping classes fun and educational. This week we have a fun drill called heart breaker. We have a ton of big paper hearts cut out of paper and we practice our punches and kicks on them. The fun part is you have to try and rip the paper with your punch and kick. It makes a great sound when you hit the paper and it is surprisingly difficult to rip a piece of paper with a punch or a kick. Oh yes, by the way we are only holding the paper with one hand :)