Day 200 ~ First Karate Competition

Olivia not only moved up to her yellow belt yesterday today she had her very first Karate Competition.

I am super proud of her for taking a chance and deciding to compete!

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Day 195 ~ First broken board

Today Olivia had her second belt test for Karate to move up from a high white to the yellow belt and I blew it big time as a mom and photographer.    Her test was at 10am and I just couldn’t pull it together to remember to bring my camera.  I know it’s hard to believe I am not super mom, but I am not and today was probably one of my lowest of days.    Along with  my usual mom and photographer duties I complete each week this week also included  a  field trip, two school conferences, one dentist and one doctor appointment and one very important karate belt test which left me little time to breath.  And let me be clear it’s not that any of these activities are hard it’s just when there is only one person trying to fullfill  all of these obligations  it’s can all but become very overwhelming some weeks.

Of course because I forgot my camera Olivia broke her very first board at this test.  But luckily we have the broken board and therefore we can react the whole awesome move.  Picture splinters breaking off everywhere and the determination on Olivia’s face…

Thank you to our friend Lori who came prepared with her fancy camera we have one excellent shot of Olivia breaking her first board…

Day 98 ~ Achievement

I am so proud of Olivia she went in and passed her first Karate test and earned her low-white belt.  Alpha Martial Arts has a philosophy that is not seen a whole lot in today’s society because not only do you must have the skills to pass you have to also have excellent grades and be a good steward of the community.  They really try to install in their students that not everything is going to come easy and one must work hard to achieve ones goals in other words not everyone gets a ribbon.    This is definitely the kind of influence that both Chris and I want for the girls.

Day 96 ~ New Belt

Olivia was asked to test for her next belt in Karate yesterday.  She was pretty nervous but did amazing and I was really surprised at her over all knowledge and skill.   I am guessing that by the time Chris comes home she might be able to give him a run for his money.  She looks petit but she has some killer power behind those legs and I wouldn’t mess with her….just sayin’  😉