Last week was belt testing at the boys dojo. If they passed their test, which consisted of them being able to perform the current form they were learning and show that they knew their blocks, they would both advance to the next belt.
The little man was up first. He was a yellow belt & would advance to orange if he passed. Here are a couple of pictures of him doing his form:
He passed with flying colors and here he is getting his stripe – which signified that he passed the test (his belt fell off).
Then my nine year old had his turn. He would be advancing from a blue to a green belt if he passed & here are a few pictures of his forms:
He also passed with flying colors and here he is getting his stripe:
Once they pass their test, the kids aren’t awarded their new belts until a graduation ceremony is held. Usually the graduation is held the week after belt testing, but since it fell so close to Christmas, it was held the same week. Every six months, the dojo awards black belts, so the graduation is a little bit more of a big deal and it’s held at a local school with a stage so that more people can attend & bring their families, etc.
At the graduation ceremony, all the kids perform their current form up on stage. Before we went into the auditorium, we got the boys brand new belts so they were ready when it was their turn to go up on stage. Here they are sporting their new belts:
Here’s a picture of the stage:
The little man’s class was up first (he was looking to his left because that was where his instructor was standing).
Then my big guy:
I am so proud of both of my boys.
tgFYI, I attend the same dojo, but I take krav maga there. I also belt tested and earned my blue belt.