Monday, August 31, 2009

Taekwondo Yellow Belt!

Sorry for the long delay...figuring out the next year is complicated and busy. I'll post regarding that when everything is finalized. For now, I need to write about my LEVEL TEST which took place last Thursday and of course, was greatly overshadowed in my life by all of the going away dinners and drinks I've been going to lately. I was very nervous for the test, it didn't help that it's vacation week and instead of 10+ people there were the 3 teachers and 3 students. I was also the only one being tested so it was just me, standing in front of my sabonim (master) who was sitting at a big table watching my every move while his assistants made calls and held things for me to kick and such. The hardest part is that in class they will often say things in Korean and English but for the test it was all in Korean. I know what everything is but with stress added in there was a couple second delay while I tried to remember what things meant. Sabonim was very kind though and passed me despite my slight mess ups. The most important part, the 18 step routine that you have to know for yellow belt I had down cold. I even practiced it in my classroom during my free period in the days leading up to the test. Where are the pictures you ask? HERE. They didn't take any during the routine but there are lots from after. I explained that my 'oma' (Mom) would be Very Angry if there were no pictures. This of course isn't exactly true, she would be annoyed and quite possibly guilt trip me but my parents are very laid back. I've come to realize, the longer I am away from home, that I quite possibly have the best parents ever.Sabonim is handing me my belt! Can you tell how elated I am??
I look so pleased with myself as I tie that belt. It felt really good to have worked hard at something and succeeded, language barrier and all.Chumbae! (Not sure what that translates to exactly but it's like a 'get ready, fists up!' sort of thing.)

6 comments:

Josh said...

congrats kiddo!!!!! You are now a certified attack midget!!!!!

Rachel said...

Congratulations. Each belt means you have set a goal, worked towards it, earned it, and are now ready for another goal. You look elated. Way to go!!

Alex said...

Awww, thanks!

Lisette M said...

Congratulations! My husband takes Aikido, and I know how hard you have to study for those tests. Congratulations again!

Jessica said...

Congrats on the yellow belt! Any chance you might visit Boston if you do come home for a visit?

Alex said...

Thanks Lisette! I was practicing the stuff all the time...including in the elevator when no one else was there. On the other hand, the security guy in my building must have been amused.

Jess, not sure on Boston but chances look slim.