He started out with a plain white belt and had earned the required 4 stripes. On Saturday he tested and achived his yellow belt.
They were required to do Kata's. Each belt has a unique Kata and the higher belt you are testing for requires you to go through each Kata. D had to do the white belt Kata. When he goes for his orange belt he will have to do both the white & yellow belt Kata's.
One boy there was going for his purple belt (2 degree's below black) and had to go through a bunch of Kata's and also do contact fighting with another student. It was really neat.
D was so nervous but he did a great job. You could see the relief on his face when he was finished.
Once he was done he had to sit quietly and wait for the higher level belts to finish.
Then they had to go through a round of questions from the 6 black belt committee and answer questions regarding karate in general. The higher up you were the more difficult the questions. The time had finally come for him to find out if he had achieved his next belt level. He had to go and stand in front of his Sensei (who is a formidable man) and talk to him about being promoted.
Then he took off his old belt and it was replaced with his new yellow belt. He tried to get it on himself but couldn't get it tied so another black belt assisted him with getting his belt tied.
Since D has been taking Karate his attitude and discipline has improved dramatically. He usually does what he is told with little or no complaint. I can't believe the change in him sometimes.
I was told at the beginning that it would teach him discipline, respect and accountability but I never imagined that less than 5 months later that he would almost be a different child.
D still has his moments, as does every child, but I see him maturing and growing at an unbelievable rate.
I am so proud of my boy!