Princess P was scheduled for karate belt testing Friday night. She was testing for her blue belt, and the exam lasts a little over an hour. It has been the first event I was present for since her dance recital – I missed both the Christmas and the Spring concerts – thanks to my shift work. I knew Princess P would pass with ease – the girl is like an MMA fighter when she’s training, but I was hoping she would really do her best.
As the testing began, she partnered up with two of her friends. Lily, along with Princess P and Vivian, is one of the PowerPuff Girls; so named by Sensei Dave. Dave always walks past them and says, “Boys are the enemy!” Amanda is a seventh grader who punches like Ivan Drago. When Princess P holds the paddle for Amanda’s strikes, she always gets knocked backwards. Both girls are very nice, but when they step on the mat, they’re intensely focused…
At one point, Amanda and Princess P were paired with a tall girl I haven’t seen before. Abby (above) seemed very nice, but something was off. Mrs. Earp said she had a disability – it seemed like something on the autism scale – but the girl was ready to work. While the trio were paired together, Abby had a little trouble with some of the moves, but Amanda and Princess P paused, showed her how to do the moves a little better, and were very patient through the process.
Sensei Dave said Princess P pairs with Abby often, because she works well with her and helps her along. It was both the happiest and proudest moment Princess P has even given me.
Shortly thereafter, Princess P was paired with a boy, and she instantly transformed from caring nurturer to Ronda Rousey. She deflected the boy’s jabs, and gave him all he could handle. Princess P often spars with the boys and the girls, and always goes after them with ferocity. I guess that comes from living with three older brothers.
Princess P passed her belt test, moving up from purple to blue. I was able to present her with her new belt and she gave me a big hug. After the belts were presented, Sensei Dave announced the invitations for the school’s Leadership Team. It’s a few chosen students who are asked to help other students, and the senseis during class. It’s a huge honor.
Sensei Dave always gives a heads up to parents so they know the invite is coming, so when we heard sensei Michel say, “Julia…” we assumed it was one of the other Julias. Then he said her last name. Mrs. Earp and I looked at each other with a, “What did he say?” look on our faces, and Julia seemed equally surprised.
That evening Princess P, Amanda, and PowerPuff Girl Lily were all chosen for the Leadership Team. Between helping Abby, earning her belt, and this, this guy was a very proud papa.