|Garytt and Alyssa praciticing|
|Alyssa and Garytt|
At just before one, Sensei's Grandpa (the man who taught Garytt's Sensei) started warming the kids up....all in Japanese. They all managed to follow along pretty well.
|Warm up...Boy in center, blue belt|
|Waiting for the activities to begin|
Garytt's kata. Usually, he is on the front line and I have an unobstructed view. This time, not so much. The video is a bit shaky because I was trying to find the right spot to see him...I never found that spot.
After that part of the test, the kids had to sit on the side and do a written examination. For the last two tests he only had to draw pictures of fists, feet positions, and hands. This year he had to actually write words. Oh my! He's pretty good at sounding words out, but I'm not sure he really knows how to spell 'musubi dachi'. That paper ought to be interesting.
The testing ran a little long, so Grandpa Sensei couldn't do his normal demonstrations for us. He did a quick little speech (in Japanese) and then bowed to us all. He told us that he will continue karate until the day he stops breathing. I think this year he is 92 years old. Impressive!
We should know in two weeks if he passed his test. And, then he will get his next belt. We are incredibly proud of this little martial arts master! He works hard and listens to his Sensei and it shows in his moves.