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.