Ashton and I had our Karate belt examination in early December.
We took the train about an hour away and performed in front of the Grand Master and a panel of judges. Since Ashton is only 6, he was able to test with another little boy. He did a great job and didn't seem nervous at all. I on the other hand was a bit nervous. Because I am an adult, I had to perform all of my routines on my own. The exam is all in Japanese so it makes it a little bit more nerve wracking. I felt good about my performance and was glad to get it done. Funny side note, right as I got called onto the floor to perform, one of the judges had to go to the bathroom. So instead of starting right away, I was left standing in front of everyone waiting! Luckily my coach was able to come and give me some pointers while I waited!
After the routines were finished, we had to spar for 2+ minutes.
While Ashton and I were putting on our gloves, our coach came and told us that even though were wouldn't get the official results for a few weeks, he was sure that we both passed! We were very happy to hear that:)
The sparring went great and Ashton and I both scored (it's very hard to score in sparring because your form and technique has to be perfect).
We were dead tired at the end of the day but still had a 10 minute bus ride to the station and then another hour train ride home. Luckily, we got some seats and relaxed.
In January, the Grand Master came to our dojo and presented us with our green belts. He stayed for all of class and gave us instructions and tips on how to get better.
We are enjoying karate and glad that we get to learn in Japan!