What a difference six years make.
The photo on the right is from Kevin’s first karate belt test. The test was on September 24th, 2016. Kevin was eight years old, and passed his yellow belt test with one arm. He was hanging on the swingset and tried to swing by holding the bar. He slipped, landed on the yard, and broke his left arm.
Sensei Dave said if Kevin wants, he can take the belt test. Kevin did his best, and did well enough to receive his first belt. He was never happier to have passed the test with the cast.
Kevin was scheduled for his adult black belt test Saturday morning. The test was grueling, and the instructors – nearly all bigger, older, men and women – were not easy on them. The candidates all did very well, and I was especially proud of Kevin, who never slowed down, and fought harder than usual.
At one point, one of the bigger instructors – has to be way over six feet – grabbed Kevin in a bear hug, and lifted up a few feet. Kevin fought and struggled to get out of the grip and eventually got free. After the second giant bear hug, they took a quick break, and you could see Kevin was getting really tired. He kept going.
The test ended with 800 punches, and every candidate needed to finish the 800 before receiving their belt. Kevin did it quickly, and afterward, he moved to one of the candidates and cheered him on. It was a great day, and it’s a day Kevin will never forget.
Kevin will continue karate, and start moving to his next level black belt. I am so proud of him.