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Two guys from my dojo have been going for their black belts this week. 

Thursday evening my sensei took them up Farmington Canyon and worked them for about 4 hours doing strictly cardio.  Running, pushups, pushups in the river, running with bags of rocks on their back, situp and passing logs back and forth... just...bruTAL.  I don't know how they were able to stand up on Saturday, let alone go for the second part of their test.

I poked my head in twice during the day to see how they were doing on what wound up being a 6 hour test with friends and family invited to come and cheer.

Theo is 15 or 16 and has been training since he was 8...Shane is 13 and I'm not sure how long he's been training but probably for as long as he can remember.  It was remarkable watching the two of them just get pushed and pushed and pushed, literally to the breaking point and then told to suck it up and push some more.  Poor Shane was sobbing around the last 45 minute mark he was so exhausted.

I was so proud of the two of them when they were done.  Talk about boys becoming men!

It also makes me assess how my own training is going.  I can push myself harder than I have been.  I'm gonna get my own black belt some day.

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pvenables
Jun. 11th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, does your dojo differentiate between children's belt ranks and adult belt ranks? I guess what I'm asking is, are these teens going for the same black belt that you'll be going for one day or are they doing the end-run for the children's system at which point they'd graduate to the adult system and have to do another black belt grading once they're of age?

My old sensei had pretty strong feelings about kids versus adults doing martial arts training, so I'm curious how yours dojo functions on this point.
jatg
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
My dojo goes to age 11 and then they're in the adults class...the one I'm in. The test these two did had a lot of stuff they had learned in their younger classes.

I talked to my sensei about it and he crafts the test pretty much for the person. He, for instance, wouldn't be having me do some of the complicated weapons routines they had done in their earlier years of training since he doesn't go over those as thorougly in the adult class.
pvenables
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Wow, at 12 you are considered an adult? Well, perhaps it's better to say "at 12 you are no longer a child." All the same, it makes sense. The onset of puberty and the teen years DO tend to usher in adulthood. If we regarded teen agers as adults more in society I suspect we'd see more mature behaviour out of them... maybe.
alexfiles
Jun. 11th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
Impressive. I shared this with my husband and we are in awe. Most impressive.
hearts_treasure
Jun. 11th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Reading about their testing makes my muscles hurt. But WOW!!! for them. :)
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