We are getting down to the wire. I need to get my stripes if I am going to graduate to my next belt on the 17th. I can’t believe I just wrote that. When I started this I was not even sure I was going to be able to keep up, let alone even dream about graduating to a new belt. But I am! So I had to get to class tonight. Little Bear had a sleep over to go to and Bear needed to get to Open Floor to make up classes that he missed with this nasty bug that is going around. I tried to explain to him today about timing, but he his brain is not functioning and he did not realize that if I took her I would not be able to make either open floor OR my regular class. I got there 15 minutes into the class. I sat down in the parents’ area and watched as Baby Bear did her stuff. She just missed getting her second stripe – she was SO close. Mrs. M looked over and asked why I was not out there on the floor. I just told her I was too late to interrupt the class. She said she wanted me out on the floor after class. Oh boy – that means me alone with no one else out there and a bunch of onlookers standing around. Not my favorite place to be.
The class bowed out and I went out onto the floor. She wanted to see my form. I did all the moves, and I did them pretty well, but I was less than powerful. Wimpy is a word that comes to mind. And the 2 knife-hand strikes that are to be accompanied by Kihaps? Well, her first question to me after I completed the form was “Were you asking a question with your Kihap?” OK, so she had a point. I need to dig deep inside and find some power and self-confidence and transmit it with my moves and with my Kihap.
But I got my first stripe!