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I’ve been talking a lot lately about my journey towards getting my black belt in Krav Maga, but did you know that my son has been testing along with me? Because Krav Maga is meant for adults and my oldest son is only 11 years old, he’s in the karate program at the same dojo.
He started around the same time as I did (only a few weeks before me) and has been training hard ever since. The kids and adults follow the same process when it comes to black belt testing, so he & I have been going through our testing side by side.
Twice a year they hold boot camp qualifications at our dojo and if you pass, you move on to what they call “boot camp”. Once you’re in boot camp, you meet every Friday night over the course of three months for extra training with the instructors. That’s where they review the specific techniques that they want to see on which phase of the black belt testing (there are a lot of different techniques, so they break it up over the three tests). Then, once a month over the next three months, you test.
To qualify to get into boot camp both the kids and adults had to demonstrate several techniques (MMA, kicking, etc), run a timed mile, do 25 push ups without stopping and 50 sit ups, also without stopping.
Both my son and I had our phase one test in July. His was on a Friday night & mine was on a Saturday, and we both passed. Phase two was last month and we both passed that as well. We have phase three coming up in a week and a half & we’ve both been training hard for it. Phase three is IT – if we pass, we will both be getting our black belts.
Here is my son outside the dojo before his first black belt test in July.
In case you’re wondering, during the test, the kids did drill after drill as well as running their timed mile, doing 100 push ups, 100 sit ups and three 2 minute sparring rounds each. It took about 3.5 hours and even though the kids were beyond exhausted, they all passed.
But just because my son is in bootcamp, and has been since the beginning of July, he still needs to attend regular classes. Because I want to make sure he has as much time to practice as possible, I try to get him to at least three classes per week. Now that school is back in session, it’s not as easy as it was to get him there. Both of my boys are in different schools this year because my oldest went off to the middle school and I feel like I am always in a rush.
I can’t tell you how many times I have brought him to class only to realize that I forgot something he needed. My solution was to put together this handy dandy checklist, so that I will never forget to bring anything to the dojo again.
If you want to use it, too, you can download your copy of it right here.
My little guy is such a trooper when it comes to going to the dojo with his big brother. He is in the 3rd grade and as soon as he gets off the bus, we have to leave for the dojo. He never complains, either – well, as long as I remember to check the last thing off of my list above.
Since we head to the dojo right after school three days a week (sometimes four), I need to make sure I have a snack on hand that I can just grab and go. When I was at Walmart recently I picked up a couple of 12-packs of Strawberry/Cotton Candy Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies.
Dannon® Danimals® provide “Only the Good Stuff®” with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. Not only that, they provide a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Score!
Dannon® Danimals® are the perfect on-the-go option for us. The kids can drink them on the ride to the dojo.
Please note that the Cotton Candy/Strawberry flavor is available for a limited time at Walmart (only in August) and is not available at all stores, so this might be your last chance to buy this awesome combo.
But don’t go to my Walmart because I already bought out all of the Cotton Candy/Strawberry 12 packs they had. Sorry, folks. But now I know that my guy is fueled for class.
Oh, and check out the Dannon® Danimals® and Play 60 contest. If you find the “Golden Bongo” bottle (located in specially marked packages) you can win a Play60 Field Day for your school with NFL pros! See the Fuel Up To Play Site for more details.
I’ve shared one of my favorite on-the-go snack ideas, I’d love to hear your favorite!