WPC – Martial Arts Black Belt Reward

The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge from Krista is Reward.

Reward is filthy with possibility: it could be your third grader’s beaming smile after reading her first chapter book, a steaming mug of chicken soup after a long run in the cold, a photo of your brand-new baby — your reward for patience during nine months of construction, or your extended family gathered around the dinner table.

Jun White BeltJun, my oldest grandson, started taking Taekwondo – a martial art that originated in Korea over 2,000 years ago and an Olympics sport  — when he was 5 years old.

In the span of time that he has taken Taekwondo classes, I probably have thousands of photos of him…and the one at right was taken for his first day of class, as a “white belt”.

Over the years, I’ve watched him learn and memorize his poomsaes (the forms learned for each belt level), learn advancing degrees of self-defense techniques, sparring, and grow from a shy to a more confident young man.

So the reward for his dedication and our  family’s support of his martial arts lessons?

Last summer, shortly before his 10th birthday, he received his black belt.

Black Belt Ceremony

Above and below, part of the invitation to the Black Belt Graduation Ceremony…Invite TKD GraduationBlack Belt Ceremony.jpg 1Black Belt Ceremony 2

Black Belt Ceremony 3

Jun at TKD Competition

The black belt itself is a reward for sticking with martial arts training, and to understand that practice and dedication makes you better.

My hope is that my grandson will continue to learn that anything you put your effort and focus in, over time, will have its own rewards….beyond a belt color.

Can you tell how proud I am of this young person?

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6 thoughts on “WPC – Martial Arts Black Belt Reward

    • He did very well, and we are all so proud of him.

      Have you thought about taekwondo classes Jean 🙂 — I certainly have after watching my grandsons. Sometimes, I see parents take taekwondo and they are “white belts” training right along with their more senior in rank and color belt level kids. They do have adult only classes. And last year…there was a man in North Carolina who received his black belt at 80 (!)

    • Lots of memorizing involved in remembering the Taekwondo “forms”… plus they have to know a bit about the history of Taekwondo for the quizzes before they go to the next belt level. Once, I went to check on them after bed, and my younger grandson Gabriel was mumbling his “belt speech”, I think half asleep. Well, all that memorization helps with school studies too, I think 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Jane!

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