10.29.2006

the Black Belt Spectacular

Just a brief word about my graduation. Although I had to do everything with a big honkin cast on my arm, I had a blast. We were all ready for this night. We had to be at the gym at 2pm that day (the show wasn't going on until 7) but we all were there either practicing or helping to set up or keeping the little kids in check so they wouldn't annoy Renshi. They were WIRED. and i don't blame them. It was a long, tough testing cycle and that night we finally got our black belts. I got so many flowers. All the girls did. Apparantly, it is tradition for the women who are already black belts to give the women and girls who are promoting to shodan flowers. I did not know this. I was inundated with flowers. I also got some from my cousin and my friends-Beth, Michelle and Sheila who came to see me graduate. These are some of my closest friends from high school, jr high and grade school. I've known beth the longest-we go back to the first grade. It was so cool of them to come. My sister came and took many many pictures-(which I will post some of when I get them formatted correctly) My parents came, so did my husband and daughter. My son was with me all day- He is on the STORM team (student team of role models) and was there also to help set up. He also got his certificate for Nidan which he graduated to last May. There is a 6 month probation period before you get your certificate. So at the next Black belt spectacular (next may) I will get my shodan certificate-they are really nice beautiful framed certificates.
One thing went wrong. (thankfully it was not involving me). While we were practicing, and trying to keep the little kids focused, B (an adult-a lawyer- getting his shodan) made it a point to say that what the audience remembers most will be the very beginning and the finale so make it look sharp. we kept drilling this into these kids to keep them on track. So what happens? In our intro- where they announce us individually, we run out from behind the curtain-spotlight on us-do something cool (i did a jumpfront kick) then take our place on the mats-one knee position- for our first group demo. So all the kids go first, then me, then B. B. wipes. out. ON HIS INTRODUCTION!! After he drills it into the kids that the audience always remembers the very beginning and the very end....and I couldn't laugh. Thats very hard for me- usually, someone falls down and I'm in hysterics (even when I fall down I laugh uncontrollably!) But I had to just face forward and bite my lip and get thru the rest of the night. Several days later it hit me and I had a good laugh by myself. I'm so glad it wasn't me. SO GLAD!

12 comments:

sheila said...

I can't believe you totally didn't lose it - knowing your thing with people falling! hahahaha

I love, too, that it was the guy who said, "Okay - we have to make the beginning perfect!" - and then out he comes - and immediately: SPLAT. hahahahaha

Becky said...

OH the irony! I sure wish I could have seen that.

Anxiously awaiting pictures...

John Vesia said...

Congratulations on making shodan. One thing I don't understand: why do they wait 6 months to give you your certificate - do they think people will jump ship once they get promoted? I've never heard of this practice.

just1beth said...

He made a good slapping sound when he landed, but not as good as a baby landing on the cement at the mall.

frotoe said...

Becky- I'll post them really soon.

hahaha beth-that sure is a funny sound...hehehehe slap......................waaaaaaahhhh

john- I think that is exactly the reason they wait 6 months to give out the certificates. I think too many people have taken off right after getting their black belts.

sheila- I know right?? i had to basically pretend I didn't even see it. not even acknowledge it.

supergroup7 said...

I'm happy that you enjoyed this moment.. it is one to cherish for a lifetime.

I have one question: How did you tie on your new black belt with that cast on? Ha ha

Miss Chris said...

Can't wait for the pics!

lizzie said...

Congrads.

Kimberly said...

Congrats M.....job well done!! Now what?
Kisses to Jacques...

just1beth said...

Happy Birthday, Frotoe!!

[Mat] said...

hehe, I'm with supergroup. Tying the obi with a cast sucks.

Seeing the fall must have been hilarious.

Take care!

[Mat] said...

B-Day?? Did i miss that one?

Happy b-day and heal fast!